What’s the Best Way to Create a Custom Shirt Size?

If you’re new to Proper Cloth and are thinking about ordering your first custom dress shirt, you may find all the various size methods a bit confusing or daunting.  Here is the general advice we give folks who are trying to figure out which size method is best for them.

You want to get started now: Smart sizes

If you’re a busy guy and just want to get the process started as soon as possible, we highly recommend our Smart Sizes size method.  Answer these 12 questions as best you can and we’ll generate a custom size for you.  Smart Sizes leverages complex algorithms based on hundreds of other customers sizes and is incredibly accurate. Generally speaking, this size method will work much much better than just selecting a standard size based on collar size, sleeve length and type of fit.

You live in New York: Schedule an appointment

If you live in New York and have the time to come by our showroom in SoHo then doing so can certainly produce the best fit for you in the first iteration.  Our fit experts will take your measurements, have you try on a test shirt, and really work with you to determine exactly what fit you’re going for.  Conveniently you’ll also be able to see the fabrics and styles in person. Schedule an appointment here.

You have a shirt that fits perfectly (or close): Measure a shirt

If you have a shirt that fits exactly how you want (or very close) and are comfortable following our videos and using a measuring tape, then measuring a shirt you already have at home is a great way to create your first shirt size. Follow instructions to measure a shirt yourself here. 

You have a shirt that fits, but don’t trust your ability to measure: Mail us a shirt to copy

If you have a shirt that fits exactly how you want (or very close) and don’t mind mailing the shirt to us in New York, then we will be happy to have our experts measure your shirt for you.  Your shirt will be returned to you when we are done.  Tips for how to send in a shirt are here.

You’ve never had a shirt that fits right and you have a unique shape: Measure your Body

If you don’t have a shirt that fits exactly how you want and are comfortable following our videos and having a friend help you out, then measuring your body at home is a great way to create your first shirt size.  Follow instructions to measure your body here. 

Regardless: Perfect Fit Guarantee

Regardless how you create your first size, we’re here to work with you.  Our Perfect Fit Guarantee is unrivaled and we will do whatever we can to make sure you’re happy with your fit.  Furthermore, our staff is trained to assist with alterations via the phone or email and we’ll ensure a smooth process to correcting your shirt size if your first try is not absolutely perfect.