From Squalor to Baller: Made-to-Measure Shirt Reviews: Ratio, CottonWork, Proper Cloth

Ian, aka fromsqualortoballer, wrote up his experience with three online MTM shirtmakers. Worth reading if you’re thinking about using these services. 

My personal recommendation is MyTailor.com, because their tailor, Joe Hemrajani, travels to measure you in person. Otherwise, I recommend finding a local shirtmaker where you go do multiple fittings until you’ve nailed it down (if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I recommend Spoon Tailor).

I also highly encourage you to stick with a MTM shirtmaker after you’ve honed in on the fit — it will likely take several shirts to get the fit perfect if you’re just measuring yourself or off a well-fitting shirt. I’ve made the mistake of hopping around and ended up just having to start all over at step zero, which is a frustrating waste of money. 

It’s worth considering that your first, well-fitting shirt will cost you $200 (+/-$50 to $75) just because it’ll take that many trials to get the fit correct. Also, just because you enter the same measurements from one shirt into another form, that doesn’t mean each shirtmaker will interpret it the same way. 

Of course, all of this isn’t even taking into consideration that you don’t know the quality of the cloth being used or the quality of construction until you receive (and pay) for the final product. 

For all of these reasons, I really am hesitant to push people into online MTM shirting. Once you get it right, it’s great. But the process of getting there is highly time consuming, frustrating and pricey. While a lot of these companies try to make it easy as possible, it’s far from flawless and no panacea. 

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A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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