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post #16 of 25
I actually have the opposite problem. I have 40-50 dress shirts, and I have been waiting for them to die so I can justify ordering Jantzen shirts that actually fit me. I don't have room for any more shirts, so I'm now on a one-in, one-out rule. But the damn shirts just won't die! Why can't you just fray already! JUST FRAY!!!

Sorry, got a little angry about it there...
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Dapper Dandy
I actually have the opposite problem. I have 40-50 dress shirts, and I have been waiting for them to die so I can justify ordering Jantzen shirts that actually fit me. I don't have room for any more shirts, so I'm now on a one-in, one-out rule. But the damn shirts just won't die! Why can't you just fray already! JUST FRAY!!!



If you order your Jantzen shirts now, they'll arrive once your 40 shirts are all frayed. Problem solved
post #18 of 25
Same here. I've accumulated many shirts (and ties and suits) and am hoping some of them would just show signs of wear enough for me to throw them out/give them away/use as shoe clothes. However in the past few years, only one shirt has shown enough damage - a John Rochas shirt (UK based designer) in a soft wool-textured cotton that sort of split near the cuff. It's now in pieces used to buff up my shoes (and very nice it is too).
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Luc-Emmanuel
1000 sqft? realistic? In a real city, you can barely afford half that space. !luc
Hong Kong is a very "real city". I find the implication that you know what he can and cannot afford a bit confusing. Anyway, the luxury residential real estate market there is very competitive with other alpha world cities (including Paris). The real estate markets do price out many young couples, but 1000 sq ft is not unattainable to all. It depends in part in how the shirts are cared for. If they are routinely agitated in the washing machine, then their lifespan decreases. Also, I do not think that all of Jantzen's fabrics are great quality. A switch to higher quality and priced cloth/shirts should help, but most likely will average out to be just as costly or even more so than Jantzen's shirts if the care routine does not change. The better cloths may provide more pleasure over the wearings though.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by grimslade
Do you wear undershirts?

Either way, I find that if I hang them up when I get home and let them air and rest, I can often get multiple wearings out of them. In this weather, that's harder. But I think mechanically washing dress shirts after every wearing is bound to "wear" them out.

In cooler weather I steam, then hang to air out, & can then get 2 wearings. I also presoak, then using shorter wash cycles to reduce wear on more expensive stuff.

With daily workhorse shirts in the $50 to $70 range in white, blue, etc., I just let the cleaners do them and toss them when they wear out.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by kolecho
5-6 years old shirts..... I am amazed they last that long. What cloth are these made from?


these are indian made bespoke shirts, from 100 percent cotton.

I hadn't lost a single button until I had some 3 year old shirts, by the way
post #22 of 25
I have possibly 20% of my shirts on hangers. The rest I've folded away for storage basically because I don't have the space to hang them up. I'm not going to throw any away. Sometimes I wonder just why I have so many, but then sometimes I'm grateful that they're mostly classically style and won't go out of fashion, and barring moths/mould etc, should last for quite a while. Doesn't stop me looking though - some nice Turnbull and Assers or even another Janzten
post #23 of 25
About 20 years ago, when I had my first "real" job, I owned about 150-175 dress shirts from Nieman Marcus. (Plus the 20-30 I bought at Brooks, New & Lingwood and other places.) My stepfather's sister would tell Nieman Marcus to send her brother some shirts. Since stepdad had his shirts made, he'd just send the boxes on to me.

It was great having that many shirts. Even I didn't really have the space to store them in ways that I could select the one I wanted. I got to be pretty sloppy about taking care of them. why worry about finding a good cleaner when a fresh shipment would arrive any day.
post #24 of 25
I have found that drying dress shirts is what takes the biggest tole on them. I always let my dress shirts air dry, and that seems to help.
post #25 of 25
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I have found that drying dress shirts is what takes the biggest tole on them.

This is true in my experience as well.

I wear dress clothes 3X a week and I am getting years of use from my Kiton shirts. I use Tide HE powder in a front loader Maytag and hang the shirts up and then iron when slightly damp. I'm very surprised how well Kiton holds up given how then some of my shirts are. I like thin shirts since they breathe so well and are comfortable in this Georgia heat.
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