I’ve always been one of those unfortunate people who struggles to wear clothes. By that I don’t mean that I’m incapable of working out what trousers are for; but rather, most of the time, off the peg doesn’t deal well with my slightly pear-like shape. So when the opportunity arose to design my own shirt from scratch I grabbed it with both hands.
A completely online service; Finicky offers the quality of a full tailored experience without ever having to actually meet one. Brilliant if, like me, you're a little wary of a stranger coming at you armed with a tape measure. The range of options available is vast and can be slightly daunting at first. Fortunately as you click on the different options an image of your shirt evolves – making the whole process much easier. You'll still find yourself wondering if you like herringbone, though; and I can tell you I've never spent so long thinking about back folds on a shirt. (I’ve decided I don’t like them.)
Naturally I spent most of my time umming and ahhing over the colour, before eventually settling on a versatile Cambridge blue chambre fabric – although there was some flirtation with a lightweight grey number. A full spread collar and French angle cuffs later, the shirt had taken shape and I was ready to complete the order.
Once you’ve honed in on your design, ordering is nice and simple and can be comfortably completed at your desk during lunch. If, by some strange twist of fate, you've got your measurements to hand it's a simple matter of entering them into a form and pressing send. If not get a trusted colleague to help out with a tape measure. Once that’s done all that’s left is to sit back and wait.
There is something extremely satisfying about ordering a bespoke shirt with the same ease you'd have ordering your groceries from Tesco – and, unlike Tesco, with the added comfort of knowing you’ll actually get what you’ve asked for. The only drawback is there isn't a clear time-frame set out for when the shirt will be delivered. It may be a teething issue as the shirt arrived in two weeks – not bad for a bespoke shirt – and the quality makes the wait more than worthwhile. The perfect fit of something designed specifically for you will quickly convert any skeptics and ensure the shirt doesn't spend much time on the hanger.
Indeed, I've worn the shirt as much as possible and with a shirt so fine I've been a good boy and taken extra special care with it – following the washing and ironing instructions religiously. I’ve finally got a shirt that fits, and I’m going to look after it. At least until all the beer and pizza forces me to update my measurements and order a new one...
Price £64.95; visit finickyshirts.com for more information