Please note that this is not a sponsored post – The described shirt has been ordered as a regular customer and paid for – thus reflects what you can expect as a customer with Solosso.
As a tall person there are a few ways of getting around the limited selection of tall-clothes you’ll find in stores. One surefire way to work around this is to have your clothes made for you.
The last few years or so, we have noticed a rise in the number of stores offering made-to-measure (m2m) shirts and most high-end shirt brands will now offer some kind of m2m service. This means that m2m items are now much cheaper and more available to the common man.
Over the years I have had a good number of m2m shirts made for me. Usually it happens by finding some place where they will take your measurements, then your shirt will be made somewhere in Asia. Unless you’re willing to go through the lengths (an the financial setback) of a real bespoke shirt from Turnbull & Asser or some Italian brand.
However, as with many other products Asians are now becoming very able producers, and you can now find very good quality dress shirts at much lower prices, which will have much of the same detailing you would find only on italian or British bespoke dress shirts earlier. Such details include:
- Split yolk
- Pattern matching
- Removable collar
- Stays in steel
and of course the usual myriad of customization and personal detailing:
- Contrast stitching
- Contrast lining
- Colored buttons etc.
I would advise to apply such detailing only in small amounts. The best way to show off an m2m shirt is by far an impeccable fit. Solosso shirts come with most of the staples of the finest m2m shirts. Speaking of fit, it goes without saying that taking good measurements is a cruzial process in obtaining the perfect shirt. Solosso offers three ways of doing that:
- Measure yourself
- Measure your favorite shirt
- Use Solosso standard sizes and customize whatever you need
After giving it some thought I decided to measure a favorite shirt which in my case is a Stenstroms fitted body size 40 with extra sleeve length. You need to do quite a few measurements, thus I find that the safest way is to measure your favorite shirt flat on a table.
I placed my order and about five weeks later the Solosso shirt appeared at my doorstep in a well-crafted recycled cardboard box. The shirt itself was carefully packaged in paper and sealed with a wax seal.
In fact Solosso offers the nicest packaging I have seen, which is pretty good if you’re buying the shirt as a present, but it’s not a dealbreaker for me.
This is the first time I have had a shirt made entirely from measurements I have provided myself, but I’m happy to say that it worked very well – in fact I think that my new Solosso shirt is perhaps the best fitting m2m shirt I have ever owned.
I really think that Solosso has nailed the complicating measuring process by letting you measure another shirt, and there are few things that I would change. In fact the only thing I can think of are the cuffs which appear to be slightly roomier than expected (this can be fixed by moving the buttons a bit) – and I find the with of the shoulders to be slightly wider than on my measured shirt. However, we’re talking minor details here.
Quality of material *****
The quality of the cloth is very nice, Solosso use medium-weight smooth two-ply cotton in a wealth of classic patterns. Buttons are real mother of pearl, in a thick quality.
I have washed the shirt only once, but it seems to be holding up very well and the fused collar seems to be as durable as any of my other shirts. I have had tailored shirts from asia before, where the collar seems to ‘bubble’ after a few washes, making the shirt useless. This does not seem to be the case with this Solosso shirt.
Overall I find the detailing of the shirt to be quite nice – My Solosso shirt came with these main features: removable steel collar stays, split yolk at the back, gussets, and knotted mother of pearl buttons.[row_fluid][one_half]
I have noticed that the pattern is matched, but it is not perfectly matched – this is most noticable where the two parts of the split yolk meet. Some seams are not quite straight – which means that the white threads in some places are overlapping the blue stripes in the pattern, it is far better when the seams blend into the pattern unnoticed. This is quite noticeable on the placket. I find this to be the biggest flaw of the Solosso shirt.[row_fluid][one_half]
I think that Solosso offers a very good option for tall guys to get their hands on a well made, well fitted shirt – but this come at a price. The 149 USD I paid (including postage) puts Solosso in the top bracket of the m2m shirt price range.
However, I do find that the shirt justifies this price level, and if you sign up for their newsletter they will from time to time have pretty good offers: A while ago they had shirts at half-price and at that price I’d say they’re a real steal. I’d be happy to answer any questions from you guys – also feel free to leave a comment if you have tried an m2m service that you were particularly happy with.