Being niche and catering to a specific group of customers usually isn’t smart for a business, but State and Liberty has filled a serious gap in the market when it comes to clothing for men with an athletic build.
Boldness, conversely, pays off, and State and Liberty brings so much boldness that you wonder why they aren’t making more high-end, heavy duty products instead of wickedly comfortable and tailor-made clothing.
But if you’re hesitant, our State and Liberty review should give you a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
What is State and Liberty?
State and Liberty is a brand that creates high-quality dress shirts for men who have an athletic build.
The founders (Steven Fisher and Lee Moffie) had struggled to find shirts that fit their body types, so they decided to create their own.
State and Liberty shirts are designed to provide more room in the upper body with a tailored waist and stretchy fit, catering to men with a v-shape body type. They’re moisture-wicking and lightweight.
That said, they also offer shorts, coats, sweaters, and more!
These are not the shirts you pull out the bargain bin for $5. This is premium fabric that is further valued by the impressive range of services provided on the site.
Tailor services, sizing consultation, and a generous return policy build up to luxury status premiums.
Expect to spend at minimum $90 for shirts and $78 for shorts. If you want to look into their outwear, be prepared to spend a couple hundred more.
This company is dedicated to their customers. If it was even legal, they’d probably marry them just to give them more support.
According to their return policy, all unworn and unwashed items are eligible refunds that are doled out in cash or store credit. Better yet, they will take care of the shipping for you, no out of pocket cost.
You’re also given a generous three months to figure out if it fits your needs or not.
It is important to note, however, that clothing purchased and altered through their tailoring services are not eligible for cash refunds and instead can only be offered in store credit (big bummer).
However, they can (and will) remake the piece for free if it suits you better.
But what if you do a bit of bulking or lose some weight and past the 90 day date? Then upon fate, your shirt repossessed to be remade. Free alterations for customers who contact them. The effort brings a tear to the eye.
Our State and Liberty Reviews
We were sent products from State and Liberty to review, but our opinions remain 100% honest.
We tried a couple of their shirts (a dress shirt and a basic t-shirt) and loved them – we found them to be exactly as high-quality as advertised.
They are extremely form-fitting without being suffocating. They have a nice stretch and are breathable. Having struggled to find good shirts for athletic body types, these are definitely one of the best out there and are well worth the price.
What Other Customers Say
Many other customer reviews boast celebrity status. These are professional athletes purchasing these items for their press conference, but the consensus is equal: State and Liberty rocks!
Hockey stars including Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin proudly display their appreciation for S&L products. The fits stay accurate and the shirts are so comfy, you hardly feel like you’re wearing anything.
They even provide a section of instagram posts that provide direct access to reviewers and people who have purchased the product, giving you a direct line to genuine insight.
The only problem people found in State and Liberty reviews is that if the shirts get caught onto small objects like loose nails, they can fray rather quickly.
The other problem is knowing when a shirt will fit or not when ordering online, so it is best to order a couple sizes and take advantage of that sweet free returns policy.
The shirts are tapered for athletic fits, in which case the chest and shoulders are broader and slim down going down the stomach and waist. These shirts are not meant for heavier set men, but they are open about that.
They offer a variety of subdued solid colors for their dress shirts, boasting navy, black, a soft pink, and even a light blue. They also feature several patterns such as crosshatch and stripes. They even offer dots if that is more your style.
But they don’t stop at dress shirts, their polos and casual shirts are just as high in quality and give the fitness minded man plenty of options for comfortable wear.
They are able to stretch and retain shape with damage or wrinkles, so if you ever decide to bulk up your muscle or need to stretch, they’ll be able to handle it. No tears, no broken buttons, and still a shirt that conforms to the body of the individual.
Get a little wet? These shirts literally brush it off like Tiger Woods every time he gets in an accident. Let your body stay nice and dry and free from the sweat stink and nasty stains.
And if all that wasn’t enough, they also don’t need to be ironed. Due to their moisture wicking nature, the shirts dry without any wrinkles and stay looking first-day crisp.
These are the shorts meant for the men who like to show off their legs.
Less diversity in color and pattern, only offering mostly neutral colors and solid patterns, but with an undeniably appealing fit.
The shorts offer more room in the backside and for the thighs, while slimming down and stopping above the knee. The boys aren’t going to get mangled today.
The same innovations that are available in their shirts are also matched in their shorts.
Sweaters, coats, and jackets: the spice of life. State and Liberty didn’t feel enough hype from their shirts. So they brought the big guns.
The sweaters are beautiful. V-necks offer the classic prep lookin, keeping mild in their display so that the fit stays uniform. They also have brown and white accents around the cuff depending on the color.
The hoodies in two tones offer a look that’s a bit more casual, while the quarter zips and the bombers do the exact opposite and increase your credibility without ever having to actually do anything.
They squeeze the body sungly though, so if you prefer a looser fit, size up.
The jackets are real art pieces. Double breasted peacoats and herringbone overcoats outline a professional philosophy: we can get creative, look professional, and never have to sacrifice quality or aesthetic.
There’s more color diversity here than in Southern California with solid color navies and blacks contrasted by bright, patterned maroons and crosshatched browns.
And if long overcoats aren’t your deal, don’t be afraid to scope out the bombers if you’re fishing for some attitude.
Aside from the products mentioned above, State and Liberty also offers the following:
The Final Verdict
Despite peddling wares towards a niche group of men, S&L seems to have carved out a generous slice of economic productivity with their promotion and product skills.
They are generous with their returns and understand that buying premium products should be backed up with premium service and extraordinary quality. They do not disappoint, the hard work is evident in their very DNA.
Keep in mind, the entire website is catered to a specific group of men. It can feel a little exclusionary, but that is sort of the point. The overall balance creates quite a great company that dutifully fulfills the needs of the people it’s trying to reach out to.
After trying them out, we can say their shirts are well worth it if you belong to that group of muscle-bound men. Others may want to search elsewhere.