Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I don't claim to be an expert in shirt construction by any means, but a couple of things I've gleaned:
80's fabric, at least by the standards most people here associate with good quality shirts, hardly qualifies as luxurious;
the consenus among people who know far more about such things than I do seems to be that a split yoke is nearly or completely functionally useless in an RTW shirt and as such is mere affectation;
All moot as far as I'm concerned, though, because of the absence of different sleeve length choices for each neck size.
Just out of interest, if 80's fabric does not indicate a sign of quality and luxury at what point does a fabric meet that criteria? Much beyond this level of weave, you are moving into the 100's and 180's at which point shirts become beyond the economic means of most and far beyond the accepted defintion (by me) of luxurious??...Also with regards to the split yoke construction, I would agree with "gdl203" it's an indication of quality craftsmanship (especially if pattern match is accurate) and I would also argue this construction is not entirely useless within the RTW market - providng the chest measurement is a nice fit, then the split yoke would serve some functional purpose in provinding additional comfort across the shoulders?