Originally Posted by nelly
I think it's a fair assessment to make that most people on this forum value quality and fit above all else. I was just wondering:
1) How do you judge the quality of a dress shirt?
2) How do you judge the quality of a tie?
I find ties especially hard to judge. For shirts, it's a little difficult before washing them a dozen times. I don't know if there is necessarily a step by step process like choosing melons at the grocery store, but what are some things I should watch out for?
As with any garment, knowing the maker and the maker's method of production can sometimes determine whether or not the shirt is of high quality. For instance, anyone who knows anything about fine men's clothing knows that a Kiton or a Brioni produced shirt is going to be arguably the best money can buy.
Personally, I judge the quality of a dress shirt based on several factors:
- Fit; how well does the garment drape?
- Material; what kind of fabric is the shirt made from? How does the fabric feel? Does it if have a texture? If it's Sea Island Cotton, the quality is going to be very good. If the fabric feels soft and untreated chemically, the quality is excellent. If it has a soft texture to it, than I know it's of good quality.
- Handwork; is anything handstitched? If so, this definitely steps the quality up to par.
- Buttons; does it have MoP or plastic? If the latter, I know the quality is going to be sub-par.
For ties, the quality can be somewhat difficult to judge. For me personally, I find most ties feel the same, but the quality depends entirely on:
- Fabric; is it cotton or is it silk? Silk should be 100% and no blends, and the same for cotton. If it's not 100%, it's not worth your money.
- Knot; how easily does the tie form a knot? The best ties will arguably produce an excellent knot.
So to sum it up, quality is defined by the details. The more the better.