In this hands-on Amazon Goodthreads review, we’ll see if this affordable menswear brand is worth the price.
This is an affordable brand. Its styles are pretty timeless in a youthful sort of way. But how’s the quality? What about the fit?
Ultimately, is it worth your time and money?
The answer is yes…kind of. But it’s not perfect for everyone, especially guys with shorter, slimmer builds.
By the end of this review, you’ll know if Goodthreads is right for you, which items to buy and what to avoid.
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For reference, I’m 5’6” in shoes and about 123 lbs after dinner. I have a 34” chest, and I usually wear XS tops.
My off-the-rack suit jacket size would be 34S, and my ideal pant size is 28×27.
What I Tried On
I tried to order a couple of items from each category – shirts, pants, knitwear and outerwear. Here’s what I tried on:
- Oxford Shirt
- Selvedge Jeans
- Fleece Vest
- Shawl Cardigan
- Puffer Jacket
- Quarter Zip Sweater
- Stretch Chinos
- Track Jacket
- Puffer Vest
- Raglan T-Shirt
- Tactical Pants
- Barn Jacket
- Brushed Heather Shirt
The tops are all XS, and the bottoms are all 28×28 (except the jeans, which are 29×28).
Let’s take a look at how everything fits…
How Everything Fit
Here’s a front/back look at each individual item.
Goodthreads Oxford Shirt
Like most of the tops, this shirt is a bit too long for me, both in the sleeves and body.
The fit is slim in a subtle way. Don’t expect ASOS or H&M slimness with Goodthreads tops.
Goodthreads Selvedge Skinny Jeans
I usually size up in the waist from 28 to 29 for skinny fit jeans, but I think 28 would work better here.
Other than the waist, these actually fit really well. They’re not true “skinny fit” jeans, but they do have a nice taper from the thigh down (like Levi’s 511s).
Plus, the price is very reasonable for selvedge denim.
Goodthreads Fleece Vest
I love the color and feel of this vest, but it’s just too long for my 5’6″ frame.
If you’re 5’8″ or taller, or if you have a long torso, this vest would fit much better on you than it does on me.
Goodthreads Shawl Cardigan
I really like the color and the weight of the fabric this cardigan is made from, but it’s too long all around.
Since it’s 100% cotton, it would probably shrink up quite a bit in the wash. Plus, the sleeves would be pretty easy to shorten at the tailor.
Goodthreads Puffer Jacket
Like all Goodthreads outerwear, this jacket is too long for the shorter build.
I wish it fit better because the quality and color are pretty good for the price.
Goodthreads Quarter Zip Sweater
I really like the oatmeal color of this wool quarter zip sweater. It’s a tiny bit too long out of the box, although not as bad as some of the other tops.
I actually put this one through a wash/dry cycle, and it shrunk up 1-2 inches in the sleeves and torso, which resulted in a much better fit.
Goodthreads Turtleneck Sweater
This fits just like the quarter zip, but I didn’t put it in the laundry, so I’m not sure how much this wool-acrylic blend would shrink.
It feels comfortable against my skin. If I didn’t know it was a wool blend, I’d probably just think it was 100% wool.
Goodthreads Henley Shirt
This is one of my favorite items from this Goodthreads try-on.
Even though it was a bit long out of the box, it shrunk up a couple of inches in the laundry and fits well now.
I usually wear it with a French tuck and cuffed sleeves for a laid back, fitted look.
Goodthreads Skinny Stretch Chinos
I love the brown color of these skinny fit stretch chinos. Brown is so underrated and versatile!
But they fit really well. The amount of taper and the length of the rise create a comfy wearing experience.
Goodthreads French Terry Track Jacket
This is really more of a zip up sweater than a jacket, although it’s sort of constructed like a bomber.
I had a sweater like this from Banana Republic a few years ago, and I got a lot of wear out of it.
This one is – you guessed it – a bit too long for me. I’m not sure why Goodthreads XS outerwear is so long…
Goodthreads Down Vest
This down vest fits exactly like the puffer jacket, just without the sleeves.
I wear the J. Crew Factory Walker Vest a lot, which is noticeably shorter than (but not as warm as) this one.
A great alternative for smaller guys who want a puffer vest is Uniqlo’s ultralight down vest.
Goodthreads Long Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt
This is a long sleeve t-shirt with raglan sleeves and a slightly curved hem.
It’s shown above unwashed, but it did actually shrink up a bit in the laundry. It’s a solid shirt for the price, even if you have to shrink it or get it tailored.
Goodthreads Slim Fit Tactical Pants
These are probably the most youthful (fashion forward) pants I’ve tried from Goodthreads.
They have these big zipper patch pockets and drawstrings at each leg opening to adjust the taper.
These are called slim, but they’re more like an athletic tapered fit.
This is a basic cotton sweatshirt in dark grey, but it’s fleece-lined for extra warmth.
It’s a bit larger than similar sweatshirts from Everlane and Uniqlo. If you have more of an average build, this one is a great option.
It’s not a great choice for more petite guys.
Goodthreads Barn Jacket
This is like a lightweight field jacket with buttons on the front (no zipper).
These sorts of jacket usually have adjustable and/or cuffable sleeves. With the sleeves cuffed, this jacket fits pretty well and looks great for the price.
Goodthreads Brushed Cotton Button Up Shirt
This slim fit button down shirt fits just like the Oxford (i.e., a bit long for me).
The fabric does feel nice, and I love the rich green color. Some simple shirt alterations would be money well spent here!
Overall, Goodthreads is somewhat classic. It’s as timeless as a fashion brand can be right now.
With this brand, you’ll find mostly neutral colors, earth tones, and other timeless hues like grey, blue, burgundy, grey, pink and yellow.
The pants fit ranges from standard to skinny, but this isn’t like H&M or Everlane skinny. It’s more like a slim fit.
The tops come in a regular or slim fit, but the slim is still on the roomy side if you’re used to more contemporary brands like ASOS or even J. Crew.
All of these pieces work really well together, so you could definitely build an affordable wardrobe with Goodthreads, assuming you like this somewhat basic aesthetic.
Here’s the thing, like many modern apparel brands, Goodhthreads sources clothes from all over the place.
An outerwear piece might be made from mostly synthetic materials in Vietnam, a cotton henley is from Pakistan, while a 100% wool sweater is from China.
So in terms of quality control and durability, your mileage is going to vary from one item to the next.
Overall, I’d say Goodthreads is on par with Target’s menswear line or J. Crew Factory.
There are definitely some gems among these collections, but don’t expect this stuff to last forever.
What to Avoid
This depends largely on your body type. If you’re a short, thin guy like me, Goodthreads outerwear is going to be too big for you.
Their tops will likely be too long and sometimes too wide. Their button up shirts, for example, fit like standard off-the-rack Smalls from any big box brand, like Nautica or Calvin Klein.
I did wash and dry a couple of the tops, however, and the 100% cotton pieces shrunk up about two inches, which made them fit better.
What to Buy
There are a few exceptions with Goodthreads tops. I had the most luck with their knit tops, especially those with raglan sleeves.
I don’t know why, but these seemed to have a slimmer fit overall, and they fit me better in the shoulders.
But, in general, I had way more luck with the pants. Their slim and skinny fits are true to their name, and they offer smaller sizes, down to 28×28, which is great to see.
These brown skinny stretch chinos fit surprisingly well!
If you’re a taller guy or are closer to average in terms of weight, you’ll probably find that most Goodthreads clothing fits you well.
But if you’re in between sizes, you should definitely choose the smaller size.
All things considered, I think Amazon has done a great job creating a menswear line that’s timeless but not stuffy or boring. It’s super affordable and surprisingly decent quality for the price.
But it’s definitely not geared toward shorter or smaller men, especially when it comes to outerwear.
It is nice to see XS sizes in all the tops and some 28” inseam pants in the lineup, though.
So, if you’re on a budget and have a somewhat average build, I think Goodthreads is worth checking out.