To even the most hardscrabble gentleman of style, online shopping can be unsettling—like rowing in a vast ocean filled with “slim-fit" shirts, cryptic neck-to-sleeve ratios and hard-to-translate European conversions that might end up hanging like burlap sacks from your shoulders.
But we’re here to tell you that with a little preparation and study, there’s no reason to be scared of filling your cart with all that Italian linen and Scottish tweed that’s been tempting you from afar for so long.
Here’s how it works: Instead of relying on simple sizing, you’ll input a tailor’s slate of measurements—including oft-overlooked numbers like neck circumference and the distance from the wrist to the back of the neck—and fit.me will adjust the mannequin accordingly.
So when you want to see that polo on a torso shaped exactly like yours, the eCommerce will have the perfect picture at the ready. (The curious can try it out on the site.) It hasn’t landed at any shops just yet, but we’d guess it’s only a matter of time.
Grant spent his teenage years as a traveling acrobat (really), and the physical demands left him with a thickly muscled neck. When he reinvented himself as a gentleman of distinction (and changed his name from the less-imposing Archie Leach), he turned to high collars and, on less formal occasions, neckerchiefs to disguise his mighty trunk. In short, it’s a hall-of-fame play and what people mean when they name Grant as a style icon.
Bodies come with all sorts of strange quirks, and a lot of style is working with your own set of physical quirks. That doesn’t mean obsessing over “flaws,” but it does mean paying attention to how you fit into the clothes you’re wearing. In short, it’s about knowing your body, which means a lot than just knowing your size. That’s a more personal part of style than who makes a good cardigan—it’s your body, after all. That makes it a lot harder to write blog posts about, but it’s worth remembering the next time you’re visiting your tailor.