Twillory Review 2023
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Dress shirts are probably the most important workwear essential for men. You can find them at just about any menswear retailer in an abundance of styles and colors, but when it comes to finding shirts that are versatile and comfortable enough for your busy lifestyle, that's where you'll run into problems. Our Twillory review lays out a solution.
Twillory is best known for making the 100% formaldehyde-free non-iron SafeCotton dress shirt, but more recently developed a dress shirt that addresses many of the frustrations and limitations of traditional styles. A few members of the Insider Reviews team tried out the shirts, and we all agreed it's one of the best workwear brands for men.
The Twillory performance dress shirt features a four-way stretch material made from cotton, Lycra, and the brand's proprietary Cool Max fabric. What makes this material special is its ability to resist wrinkles, wick moisture, and keep your body cool. These innovative features help you stay neat and fresh by regulating your temperature on those days when you're going between a freezing cold office and hot weather outside.
Twillory isn't the only brand to try its hand at smarter dress shirts, but it is the very best value on the market. Its performance shirts are priced at $94 each, but cost less when bought in bulk — two for $144, three for $194, and four or more for $59 each. In addition to the regular savings at Twillory, the brand hosts special occasion warehouse sales with even deeper discounts on performance polos, shorts, pants, and blazers.
After testing the shirts, we found them to be convenient for city life, as comfortable as T-shirts, and an all-around great value for the cost. Read on to see our personal reviews of Twillory shirts, and to check out the different patterns they come in.
Amir Ismael, Insider Reviews senior reporter: Twillory Holder
When I first reviewed Twillory Performance Dress shirts a few years ago, it was my introduction to performance dress shirts of any kind. While I've tried a handful of more expensive, stretchier, and tech-driven performance shirts since then, I find myself coming back to Twillory for its solid balance between "performance" and "traditional" dress shirts.
When shopping for performance dress shirts, the first question you should ask yourself is, "what level of performance do I really need out of my workwear?" Chances are, you're probably not planning to run a marathon, compete as a gymnast, or enter a strongman competition in the shirt, so an insane amount a stretch shouldn't be the only attribute you look for.
Twillory's Performance Dress shirts aren't the stretchiest shirts you can buy, but they have more than enough to keep me comfortable. I did have to lightly steam it to remove some creases from the packaging, but it held up to wrinkles throughout the day.
My favorite thing about the shirt is the soft CoolMax lining in the sleeves and shoulder areas. While other dress shirts are stiff from being starched and ironed, the Twillory Performance dress shirt feels similar to wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt.
The shirts come in plenty of colors and patterns, but this classic blue with contrasting dark blue buttons is super easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.
Danny Bakst, Insider Reviews senior manager, story production: Twillory Trendsetter
On the sliding scale between "performance" and "dress shirt" I prefer about 25% performance, 75% dress shirt. Basically, I want it to look and feel like a normal dress shirt, with some added tech woven in — like moisture-wicking, stretchiness, and wrinkle resistance. In my review of the Twillory's Trendsetter Performance Gingham shirt, I found that it strikes this exact balance between style, comfort, and function.
The first thing that stood out to me was the brushed nickel collar stays that came already all set up in the shirt. These help me keep my collar looking crisp and presentable. If you would have told me five years ago that I would not only notice, but seriously appreciate a good collar stay, my response would have been, "what's a collar stay?" In addition to the crispness of the collar, I also appreciate how sturdy the cuffs on the sleeve are.
Another great part of the shirt is the softer fabric on the back of the neck and in the sleeves. It's not super noticeable when you immediately put on the shirt, but it helped keep me just a little cooler and comfy throughout the day.
Overall, the shirt feels sturdy, well-designed, and it's easy to take care of. As the weather starts to heat up, Twillory's performance shirt is definitely going to be one of my go-to shirts to wear to work.
Although it's a dress shirt, I made the Gingham pattern more casual by pairing it with Everlane Uniform Performance Jeans and Allbirds sneakers.
Owen Burke, Insider Reviews senior reporter: Twillory Closer
This Twillory review has illuminated a void in my closet that their performance dress shirt has completely filled. I don't keep neatly pressed dress shirts on hand, and when I need one, I usually err on the side of laziness and show up wherever I need to be just as I am (which, we'll just say, is something less than immaculate). It's probably — no, definitely — not a good look for a thirty-something professional, and it's really something I could stand to change about myself.
These shirts don't require dry cleaning, because somehow they go through the wash, as well as my merciless dryer, and come out looking starch-perfect — in fact, I could imagine Gotham's finest donning these babies on their beats. I'm able to work them into my regular rotation now, which is great, because at least one day a week I show up to the office not looking like an utter slob.
The other thing I like about these shirts is the proprietary "Cool Max" material sewn into the cuffs and the back, which is, from what I can gather, a blend of cotton and nylon, or another similar synthetic. It's not something you'd immediately notice, but it absolutely makes the shirt more comfortable throughout the day, as does the Lycra-blended four-way stretch material from which the shirt itself is made.
One last thing I'll say is that this shirt is exceptionally thin. I don't sense it'll tear anytime soon or anything like that, but you might be a little chillier than you would in other dress shirts. That said, it will be outstanding on the subway platform in the middle of summer.