I am a student, and I purchase about 5 shirts every year in the $30-80 range, from places like Polo RL, BB, Lands' End, LLBean, etc. However, after knowing (and then realizing) the difference between a good and bad shirt (thanks to this and other forums), and having two MTM shirts made, I now have, if you will, adopted higher standards
My two MTM shirts were made by a tailor in Asia whom my father has been patronizing for over 30 years. Cost = $25 each shirt. It is probably the same quality as a Polo RL, but I'd choose fit over fabric quality any day. A plain, perfectly-fitting dress shirt improves one's appearence incredibly. Now that I have adopted "higher standards", I anticipate buying about 12 dress shirts this year. At least half, I think, will be ordered from Jantzen Tailor (www.jantzentailor.com
) - at about $40, they are ridiculously cheap. Their quality, I heard, is exceptional. I'm waiting for my first shirt to arrive ... eagerly, I might add. When it does, I'll post pictures here
I think I'm going to pick up some Zegnas, as I like their patterns, and I can probably get them for about $99 each at the Woodbury Premium Outlets in New York. During my last two trips there, I picked up four dunhill shirts for about $30-$50 and a Dunhill watch with crocodile-skin strap marked down from $900+ to $350. However, with the discovery of Jantzen Tailors, I wonder if it might even make sense for me to buy shirts from anywhere else (apart from the day I can afford $600+ Kitons, etc). Gentlemen, thanks for reading this.