By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The first time, you slip into your custom-tailored shirt is a moment to savor. There’s nothing quite like having a piece of clothing fit you just perfectly after you have gone through the process of picking your own fabrics and styling details – and every time you wear it, you will feel a little bit of that same rush, because this is through and through your shirt from the cutaway collar to the notched cuffs. If you aren’t convinced, here are five reasons why you should experience having a shirt tailored just for you.

  1. Know Your Measurements
    Even though having a custom-made, tailored shirt made requires a slew of measurements that you will hardly remember by heart, there are a few ones that should stick with you even if you are buying a retail shirt. Have the tailor inform you of key measurements like neck circumference, shoulder width, and chest circumference. That way, you will have an overall idea of what fits you right.
  2. Education on Your Proper Fit
    Speaking of proper fit, getting a customized shirt will also educate you on what fits you the best. You may have an idea of the fit you want, but engaging in a conversation with your tailor will give even more insights as to what suits your body type best. Also valuable pointers for when purchasing clothing in general.
  3. Endless Customization
    This is often the hard and time-consuming part – picking your fabric and styling details! Start with choosing a fabric that speaks to you or suits the occasion the shirt is being made for. Remember this is a shirt so it isn’t as restricted as a suit, so you can have a little fun with it and add subtle details in the lining of the collar or inside the cuff. The same goes for your choice of button, thread color, collar style, cuff style, and why not add a monogram? The options are endless, so lean on your tailor to guide you on this crucial but playful endeavor.
  4. Lifelong Investment
    Yes, a custom-tailored shirt comes at a premium, but you may be surprised at how reasonable a custom shirt actually is in terms of pricing. Especially considering that is hand-made, and you are making a garment that means something to you, so it is likely to stay longer with you than any of your other shirts that aren’t tailored. Look at it as an investment that will stay with you for a very long time.
  5. Personal Relationship
    Needless to say, you get close to your tailor. Not only physically when he takes your measurements, but also through the conversations and considerations you share while working on your garment. Already after the first custom-made shirt experience, your tailor will have lots of insights into your style preferences and taste. Invaluable for when you need to look and feel your best in the clothes you are wearing.

Get your customized shirt and a personal style consultation at HKT Custom Clothiers. Call the store to arrange an appointment at 770-458-8662 or go online at You can also learn more about HKT Custom Clothiers and get the latest styles by following their Instagram at @hktclothiers.