Bespoke shirting will run you upwards of $200 and is often accompanied by order minimums. It fits like a glove and can last you a lifetime but the initial cash outlay can be daunting. Not to worry. As men have become more keen about buttoning up in better fitting shirts, it has given birth to the made-to-measure American start ups looking to cater to them.
Photographed in New York, NY
I recently placed an order* with online men’s outfitter Taylor Stitch. With an array of fabrics ($115-$400) to choose from (step one), I instinctively reached for the university stripe oxford cloth. The devil is in the details—and so is your style. Collar, cuffs, placket, pocket, monogram...these details can make or break a shirt (step two). Because of the custom nature of the process, it is very important that you know exactly what you want before working with Taylor Stitch. They offer three different ways to order a shirt. Though you can copy the measurements of your favorite shirt or order based on standard measurements, opt for made-to-measure (step three). Visit your tailor and have him take your measurements. Trust me, it’s easier this way. Several weeks later my made-to-measure oxford arrived and fits as if it was, well, tailor stitched.
*University stripe oxford cloth button down with locker loop, third collar button and monogram ($125). An eighth button is also employed to ensure a tucked in shirt.