I'm on the hunt for shirts. I've put on some muscle mass that I hope to maintain at this level for a long time, maybe lose some of this stubborn gut but nevertheless my old shirts from Men's Wearhouse don't fit anymore. So I need new dress and casual shirts that fit me and will last for a long time (before I gain more muscle and need shirts smh). As you all know I preach going the custom route when it comes to us athletic men because our bodies are so unique and the majority of off the rack shirts are a one size fits all kinda deal. However, I get it. Custom made can be expensive with shirts starting at $125 and going up. You may not be able to afford that (i Know I sure can't) so off the rack may be your best option. There are quite a few off the rack shirt companies that cater to the athletic man so I'll be purchasing a few and reviewing them for yall. There are a few things I'll be looking for, let's dive into them.
Fit/Comfort - Has to be able to fit my body comfortably without restricting my movements
Fabric - well this will depend on the season we are in and the flexibility it gives me. Kinda ties with Fit a bit.
Price - Here's an important one. Since it's off the rack, nothing more than $100. Anything over $100 and you might as well go custom and have it made to fit your exact body dimensions.
Pattern - Do patterns accentuate the Fit Man's physique? I'll explore that theory.
Occasion - Remember my post Contextual Style? The shirt has to be right for the right occasion.
With that criteria being laid out, the first shirt on the agenda is from Twillory. I have been curious about this brand for a while so I decided to take the plunge.
It fits my body nicely. I went for the trim fit which is similar to the slim fit so it compliments my physique. If you are a endomorph, I'll say go with the classic fit. It's made from 100% cotton so you know there is little to no room to move, it does feel a little bit constricted but not a deal breaker. Back when I did the review on Deo Veritas Custom Shirt, I was introduced to the split yoke for the first time and haven't look back since! The split yoke at the back of the shirt gives you a little more room to move than your average 100% cotton because it is stitched at an angle. Cotton doesn't stretch horizontally or vertically but when it's stitched at angle, it stretches.
Twillory's approach to fabric is quite unique. Reading their bio, I came across a word I've never heard before "Formaldehyde" which apparently is used as a preservative in mortuaries (they embalm dead bodies with it) and a disinfectant in certain situations. The average wrinkle free dress shirt has formaldehyde it to preserve it's wrinkle free nature. As with most chemical, high exposure to formaldehyde has serious health implications, sometimes leading to cancer, so why would you want that on your skin? Well, Twillory has developed a formaldehyde-free, safe cotton fabric that still gives you the wrinkle free/non iron look we all love. Wish they had more season centered fabrics like linen for summer and flanel for fall.
They have a special for first time buyers, buy one get one free with one shirt being $99 it ends up being $49.50 each. However they have an ongoing sale, four shirts for $199. Not bad and fits my price category.
I opted for the pink check and blue banker stripes. I don't see much effect with check shirts when it comes to my physique but stripe shirts do tend to give you a much slimmer look.
I needed more dress shirts for work so those two I got were perfect, they have a couple button down casual shirts that are worth my consideration in the future. My only issue with shirt is the collar. Most of their shirts come in a spread collar which is very formal and limits the type of tie knots you can do with it. I work in a semi professional environment where a necktie isn't necessary so my no tie spread collar flares out. Also with collars, they accentuate your facial structure and a spread collar may not work for everyone. I like to wear it with a full windsor knot but I wish they had more collar options. Still, not enough to not buy from them again, the button down collar shirts I mentioned before seem more narrower so they'll see my business again. Besides, I can't get mad at the free metal collar stays every shirt comes with.
I'll give Twillory a 4/5 star rating. They don't claim to cater to us but it fits the athletic man pretty well for the price. The lack of collar styles and fabrics are the two things I personally have an issue with. Neither is a deal breaker, I'll surely purchase from them again, just want to give you guys a 360 view on the product before you buy.