Recently, Twillory was kind enough to send me a new shirt to review. It’s their new Friday shirt, and to be honest when I first received it, I was not quite sure what to make of it. I’ll get into this in more detail below, but I would quickly describe the Friday shirt as an hybrid of a dress shirt and a long sleeve polo shirt.
As some of you probably know, I’m a big fan of what Twillory is doing, and I jumped on board their bandwagon early. They make some of my favorite shirts. Additionally, I think Twillory is one of the best values in dress shirts for the money. The cuts are spot on, Twillory uses real mother-of-pearl buttons (except for the non-irons), and the shirts have a soft spread collar that frames almost any face. I would prefer if the collars were slightly bigger, but that’s really just nitpicking at this point. Then this Friday shirt showed up.
What is it?
As I said above, Twillory’s Friday shirt is something like a cross between a dress shirt and a polo. The collar uses collar stays (I happen to love Twillory’s collar stays, by the way). The buttons are all mother-of-pearl, like their dress shirts. The shirts also sport a traditional placket and button cuffs. However, the material is a breathable, cotton mesh akin to that of some of my favorite polos. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite know what to do with this shirt, so it hung in my closet for a week or two. Then I tried it on.
I liked this shirt much, much more than I thought I would. The Friday shirt is a perfect summer shirt. It’s light and airy, but still retains a level of sharpness that a t-shirt or polo shirt cannot convey. Roll the sleeves for warmer days and leave them buttoned on the cooler ones. The beauty of this shirt is that I feel as comfortable wearing it with chinos and sneakers as I do with a sport coat and trousers. This shirt wears like a linen shirt and should be styled as such.