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    [REVIEW] Modern Tailor cheap oxford review

    I feel like I ask a lot of you guys and never give anything return.

    If there is anyone still out there that hasn't ordered a shirt from Modern Tailor, I hope my review will help you make a decision. I decided that I'll hold off on fit pics as this thing was cold out of the bag, and that I should probably wash and iron it to give Modern Tailor the benefit of the doubt. I'll post them a little later on.

    I wanted another blue OCBD and I thought I would start giving MTM options a try. MT's intro shirt is a steal ($30 shipped to my door, and quite quickly at that), but I also ordered understanding that it would likely be cheap cloth.

    Anyway, I went with the body-measurement route at MT, which sounded risky as they advise you to measure a well-fitting dress shirt. Nuts to that, I wanted to see how their patterns stacked up so I busted out the tape and measured everything (even when they didn't ask for it... little joke there). Selected sloping shoulders, flat stomach, average posture (which is a lie, more on that later), and slim fit.

    As far as the shirt options themselves, I asked for:

    - medium height soft button-down collar
    - single-button rounded cuffs with a gauntlet button
    - clean back with no pleats
    - regular placket
    - single V-pocket

    Got here in FOUR DAYS.

    Arrived in a FedEx bag inside a UPS bag. Maybe someone can explain that



    That's a pretty soft looking collar...



    Finer weave than say, this Gap modern oxford


    Last edited by Lib; December 1, 2012, 12:59 AM.

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    Here's an example of the weight of this cloth. Gap modern oxford on top, MT on bottom.



    I wrote in 15.25" for my neck measurement...

    http://i.imgur.com/JGJHw.jpg

    Pretty darn good.

    So the collar is plenty soft, but what I didn't anticipate is that the cuffs have some seriously stiff interfacing - Not really a great match. Given the size of the cuffs and the weight of the fabric, softer cuffs would be risky: they would probably move from the realm of casual-looking and into the realm of cheap-looking. Arm holes are high and I have great range of motion. The buttons are also surprisingly nice.

    I'll get the fit pics up soon.
    Last edited by Lib; December 1, 2012, 01:02 AM.

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      #3
      I'm in the same boat. Needed(wanted) a blue OCBD, and thought a $30 MTM was a perfect opportunity to test to the waters. Mine is very similar to yours with a few differences in the details. It has yet to arrive, and when it does I will add my review.

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        #4
        I love Modern Tailor. I only order my dress shirts custom made from now on. I like them and Blank Label.

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          #5
          Forgot to update this until I wore the shirt....

          Devil's in the details:
          - Collar point buttonholes much too large for the buttons, placement iffy as well
          - Placket is off centre suggesting the collar was improperly attached
          - Fabric is a little sandpapery for my wussy neck

          Not a total loss - it will be a decent oxford to wear casually for $30, but its use with a tie is questionable. I won't be ordering any shirts with more expensive fabrics if these kinds of details are missed.

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            #6
            www.moderntailor.com Are actually one of my favorite MTM shirt distributors. They recently added some great new fabrics.

            And OP, the shirt looks really good. I had the luck to order from them as well and am satisfied so far. I only wondered, have you had any issues with button stitching

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              #7
              I bought the white dress shirt they have for first time buyers for $25. I based my measurements off a well fitting dress shirt. The shirt fit well, but wrinkled horribly and felt scratchy to the point in unwearable. Still, I imagine its the cheapest/lowest quality fabric they have available. Decent turnaround time and they stick exactly to the measurements you give them. I will likely try them again sometime in the future. The $10 shipping is annoying.

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                #8
                I wore my MT shirt twice and threw it away, fabric was just terrible. Maybe the higher thread counts are much better.

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                  #9
                  +1 to the above. I got the white new customer sale and did not like the fabric at all. It reminded me of a thin paper .

                  im sure they have nicer fabrics you can buy. Unfortunately I didnt get any fabric samples in my order to compare....you have to buy those samples.

                  With their price of around $60 a shirt I'm going to try of the British makes next.
                  Last edited by javadave; February 12, 2013, 04:43 PM.

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