^Yes, they'll be cotton....
Like anything you get what you pay for, but I would agree that there's less of a 'jump' in quality of shirts once you hit a decent grade
Recently I found out what good shoes are, today I ordered my first $200+ pants, epaulet grey tweed.
Is there a big difference in shirts $50 to $100 or $150?
I usually by Van Heusen fitted on sale for $25 or less ($50 retail), then I get them fitted for $8. The world of differences in shoes and pants from what I'm used to makes me wonder.
your first mistake is quoting retail prices on items that are never meant to sell at retail. A Van Heusen shirt is a $25 shirt. That sticker that says $50 is just there to make you think you're getting a steal.
now, between those $25-50 shirts and a $100+ shirt, yeah, you'll notice a big difference. I think the cheapest Epaulet shirts have been $110 and those will get you far better construction, far more honest methods, likely better fit, and an overall longer-lasting shirt. Then between those and, say, the ones that go for $150 or $165 on up, the only big difference will be the fabric. This will again be a noticeable difference but probably not as vast as the leap in quality when you go from $25 to above $100.
Higher still and you get into MTM and bespoke territory, and there are certainly plenty of things that can be done to set a $300+ shirt apart from what you'd buy from Epaulet or other similar retailers of RTW shirts. That's more extreme connoisseur-level stuff that I'm guessing we don't need to get into yet.
Quality pants and shoes can last for years, is how I can justify the extra money on them.
How would you get a shirt to last for years, wearing it. would you have to hand wash it?