We're not in high school anymore, guys—there's no reason you should be dressing like the kind of guy who bathes himself in Axe. The time in your life where you could get away with wearing a dingy, ill-fitting Gap shirt has passed and now it's time to dress like you give a fudge.
However, actually finding that dream shirt is one of those endeavors akin to a woman's search for the perfect bra. It's an odyssey. Luckily, there are some people out there who know what they're doing when it comes to pairing a man with a perfectly-cut custom shirt.
So, do yourself a favor and stop by any of these six bangin' New York City custom shirt spots and up that style game of yours, because you're a grown-up now. Apologies to any readers who are literally in the eighth grade. Lol.
Starting Price: $98
Stantt gets that there are more fits in the world than small, medium, and large. After analyzing (literally) millions of different data points taken from three simple measurements, Stantt uses an algorithm that generates up to 75 different specific shirt styles that can be tailored perfectly to your body.
A new shirt is built from scratch and shipped out within 24 hours. We got a taste of the process in the office and will let our devastatingly perfect style speak for itself.
Starting Price: $99
Alton Lane has their tailoring down to a science by offering high-quality apparel with cutting-edge technology in a sick loft that reminds you of a playboy's clubhouse.
These guys use a state-of-the-art 3D body measurement system that creates a perfect image of your body. As you step into an inconspicuous black box, you're told to remove your clothing and face forward. A futuristic female voice tells you to push a little black button and classical music plays as lights flash around you from every angle.
It’s like Blade Runner without all the death and rain.
Starting Price: $69
The beauty of MTailor is the sheer simplicity behind the fitting process. It’s a free app that uses your iPhone’s camera to generate a 3D human model based on the movements of your pale, naked body in thirty seconds flat.
Here’s how you do it: take off your shirt, prop up your phone, and follow a set of instructions and movements within the app. A video is made and is then sent securely to MTailor’s fashion experts who then craft you a shirt based on how your body looks.
It’s perfect for those lazy New Yorkers who thrive off Uber and Seamless.
Starting Price: $59
These guys have been at it for a few years now, but after their permanent NYC outpost opened up, we had the kind of reunion akin to the ending of Homeward Bound. Their SoHo spot is set up along the lines of their e-shop, except you can touch and sample each and every fabric option.
You'll be professionally sized, measured, and doted over while your consultants virtually build the whole thing in real time using a special iPod widget. This is some serious stuff for serious shoppers.
Full disclosure, I got a free shirt from these guys once and—in all honestly—it was the best-fitting shirt I'd ever worn. There's nothing especially groundbreaking about their process. Just incredible attentiveness and plenty of options. These guys hail from Singapore, but have made a seamless transition to the U.S. and have changed the way dudes dress along the way.
They also have 17 different button options—so they've got that going for them...which is nice.
Launched in 2008, Proper Cloth fully admits that they were not an instant success—they just wanted a way for dudes to find nice-fitting shirts that they loved. Now, seven years later, they've earned a huge fan base by doing things the right way.
The devil's in the details with these guys; with over 300 fabrics to choose from, customers have the chance to create either a truly incredible work of art or the kind of shirt you would've seen in SkyMall. The choice is yours.