This post is made possible by Deo Veritas, whose shirts I've worn since 2013.
Deo Veritas is one of the first online made-to-measure shirt companies I reviewed (back in August 2013). Here's the link to that post:
That first shirt turned out pretty well, especially considering the fact that I didn't have much experience with buying MTM shirts at the time.
Don't get me wrong – it wasn't perfect. The shoulders were too wide. I didn't really have my body measurements nailed down back then, and I submitted the wrong shoulder measurement.
But it's still a nice shirt. I've worn it somewhat regularly, and I can honestly say that it's one of the highest quality MTM shirts I own (and I have a lot of them).
The shirt has held up extremely well over the years, which is not always the case with MTM garments.
You probably notice how shirts fall apart over time, right? Buttons come off, threads come loose and – my personal pet peeve – the collar gets misshapen.
None of this has happened to my first Deo Veritas shirt, and I expect this new one to age just as gracefully.
We all want high quality shirts, and every company claims that their shirts are the best. But how can you tell if it's true?
What Makes a High Quality Shirt
There are two things that determine the quality of a shirt:
- Materials (fabric, etc.)
The best fabric in the world won't make up for shoddy construction quality, and top notch craftsmanship is wasted on low quality materials.
Deo Veritas offers a range of fabrics – from affordable basics to some of the best in the world (like Thomas Mason and Tessitura Monti).
For this review, I went with a Thomas Mason yellow and blue grid pattern ($133).
The fabric quality is what you can expect from Thomas Mason – premium. The construction quality is on point as well.
Notice the following:
- Single needle stitching
- Sewn collar interlining (for $9 extra, highly recommended)
- 16+ stitches per inch
- Mother of Pearl buttons (cross-stitched)
- Split yoke (notice the pattern matching)
- Removable collar stays
These are little details, but they make a big difference.
Split yoke construction (seen above) requires more fabric, especially if you want the pattern to meet in the middle. This is called pattern matching, and it's typically a sign of high quality craftsmanship.
Bottom line: it's a really nice shirt. But you know that fit is more important than anything else, including quality. So how does this shirt fit?
Let's take a look:
The neck, shoulders, chest and sleeves are near perfect. I usually avoid spread or cutaway collars because I have a narrow face. But this one looks okay because the collar point length is so short.
As you can see, it fits really well. Yes, there is some excess fabric on the lower back. This could be fixed with darts, as seen in my original DV review:
Darts are a good idea, especially if you have a “V” shaped torso. You can also use a clean tuck (like the military tuck) to prevent your shirts from bunching up around your waist.
Honestly, though, it's not a big deal.
Don't get too hung up on every little wrinkle or fold. Shirts aren't meant to be perfectly smooth, as if they were painted on.
Plus, a little extra fabric is usually much more comfortable.
If you order from DV, I recommend using their QSizing tool. It's an eight question survey that helps nail down your measurements by comparing your data to the entire customer database.
Just remember: algorithmic tools like this aren't perfect. Always measure yourself and your best-fitting shirt, then compare those numbers to whatever the tool comes up with.
Another thing I like about Deo Veritas is the fact that they offer custom neckties. You can choose the fabric, length and width of your tie.
This is great news for shorter men since most ties are several inches too long.
This tie is 55″ instead of the standard 58″. If you're under 5'6″, I recommend going even shorter (maybe 53″).
The colors and patterns look great together.
Like my original Deo Veritas shirt, this one has earned a permanent spot in my closet. It's not the most affordable MTM shirt in my collection, but it's definitely one of the best.
What do you think about this shirt and tie? Leave a comment below!