Imagine ordering custom made clothes online that fits you perfectly without the help of a tailor.
Well, there’s an app for that. An app that according to MTailor is scientifically proven to be 20% more accurate than a professional tailor. That’s a big claim. Are they just blowing smoke or is their app really that good?
Read on to find out.
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A BIT ABOUT MTAILOR
MTailor was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco. They offer custom clothing—specifically shirts, jeans and suits. The clothes are designed in San Fran while their tailors are based in China and Bangladesh.
You may recall seeing MTailor on Shark Tank a few years ago. The founder came off as arrogant, but he managed to get two offers from both Daymond John and Robert Herjavec. He ended up declining both Sharks.
Today, MTailor is one of the many made-to-measure custom shirt companies out there. But they’re different in that they have a unique measurement process. There’s no tailor or even tape measure required. Pretty cool, right? I’m sure you’re wondering how that’s possible. And the bigger question is, how well do the shirts fit?
Well, let’s find out.
MTAILOR MEASUREMENT PROCESS
MTailor is confident in their app’s algorithm, so much so that they guarantee a perfect fit and proudly advertise that it’s scientifically proven to be 20% more accurate than a professional tailor. That’s saying a lot and so I wanted to put them to the test.
The MTailor app takes your measurements through a short video recording of you spinning around, 360 with your arms up. Behind the scenes, the video is then converted into a 3D model of your body and the algorithm works its magic to design your tailor made garment. Easy peasy.
Their measuring process is the easiest way to get fitted for a custom shirt that I’ve ever experienced. I simply downloaded the MTailor app from the app store, followed a few simple instructions and within a few minutes had my full body measurements uploaded to my account and was ready to order my custom made shirt.
SHIRT CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS
You can order your custom clothes through their app or online. The interface is simple and easy to follow along. They have solid, stripe, check patterns and non-iron shirts. There’s a nice selection to choose from.
You have 5 collar options to choose from, each with a brief description.
There are 3 of the most common cuff options from a rounded cuff, a two-button angled cuff and the more formal French cuff.
For length, you get the option of longer or shorter tails for a tucked or untucked look. Tucked being more formal and untucked more casual of course.
In addition to the above customization options, you also have the option for a pocket, button color, and choice of a contrasting white collar or cuff.
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Since a denim shirt is inherently more casual, I opted for a shirt meant to be worn untucked with a casual button-down collar.
- Shirt Fabric: Medium Blue Denim (100% coton)
- Collar: Button Down
- Cuff: One Button Round
- Length: Untucked
- Button Color: White
- Watch: Left Wrist
- Pocket: None
I actually went through two rounds because the first iteration wasn’t perfect. I’m not sure if the algorithm simply got it wrong or it was human error, but the first shirt I received was a good 2.5″ too long which was clearly meant to be tucked in. And the shirt was flaring out towards the bottom a little too much for my taste. Other than that though, it fit quite well.
I do have nothing, but positive things to say about the customer support and communication. I emailed them with my concerns and was told to send a few pictures. They came back with recommended changes and all I had to do was wait for the remake.
The second shirt fit much better. It’s not too loose and not too tight and allows for me to move freely without feeling restricted.
Oh, and excuse the wrinkles. Next time I’ll be sure to iron the shirt before I take pictures.
This one is often overlooked by new fashion enthusiasts. The shoulder seam should land right where your shoulder bone is. With a simple touch you can feel if it’s fitting properly. If it extends too far down, then the shoulders are too big and vice versa.
A straight bottom hem is indicative of a more casual shirt meant to be worn untucked. If you take a look at the first shirt I received, the bottom hem is quite rounded which means it’s meant to be worn tucked in.
This is one of those problem areas for many men, especially gents on the short end of the spectrum 5’8″ and under and those on the taller side, 6’+. The proper sleeve length will hit right around the wrist bone. As for the shirt cuff, there should be enough room for you to remove the shirt without having to unbutton the cuff.
Okay, so this is definitely the most problematic area for men. Most guys are wearing shirts that are meant to be tucked in, untucked and it’s not a good look…at all. There’s even a brand that you’ve probably heard of called UNTUCKit that remedies this very problem by selling shirts meant to be worn untucked, for a premium of course. A good landing spot for the shirt is to cover about half of your seat and hit at around mid-fly in the front.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I’m not sure what’s behind their technology, but it works. 20% more accurate than a professional tailor? I’m not big on numbers, but I’ve had better experience with MTailor’s app than I’ve had with “professional” tailors, so that’s saying something.
I’d say that MTailor is a great entry level made-to-measure option, perfect for the guy who doesn’t know his measurements nor cares to get measured.
- Free remakes
- Quality customer service
- Free shipping and returns
- Simple measurement process
- Quick shipping (week and a half)
- Wide variety of colors & patterns
- Affordable price point of $69-$89
- Cheap, plastic buttons
- Fabric quality feels so-so
- Cheap shipping bag (no box)
Think you’re ready for MTailor? Simply use “GENTWITHINMT” at checkout to get $20 off your first custom order.
If you’re interested, here is my comprehensive review of MTailor jeans.
A note: The shirt in this review was complimentary. These are all my thoughts and opinions based on my experience. Gentleman Within holds all control over editorial content.
IF YOU HAVE USED MTAILOR, WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?
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