VersaceMan, NavyStyles; IMO your comments certainly leave the impression that you are "clothesminded", with a committment to your futures. Keep up the good work and hope you achieve your goals. Just out of curiousity, who are your favourite shirtmakers?
Classic, Thank you, that was a compliment that made me extra happy to hear. As far as shirt makers go, I haven't had a chance to inspect 'the greats' close up (Lorenzini, Borrelli, Kiton, Brioni) but I'm sure they would win the award. Being young, I prefer a more stylish shirt (and maybe not Kiton-quality) to one that is made with the utmost quality (and more conservative). That said, I love some of Etro's and Paul Smith's shirts, the more toned-down yet unique shirts. It would be foolish for me to drop $200 on a shirt right now when a cheaper one will do just find. When I wear an untucked dress shirt, I stick with Banana Republic or Express' 1MX shirt for solids, and something along the lines of an Armani Collezioni or Versace Classic for patterned shirts. I usually wear a shirt for two or three years before it gets worn out or I'm sick of looking at it, so it doesn't pay to blow a lot of money on a single shirt. Express and BR offer fairly decent quality shirts for the price. I like them because they are slim-fitting, come in a wide range of colors, and have added stretch. I'm wearing them untucked so they fit perfectly. As far as wearing the shirt tucked-in, ala office attire, I'll definately order a bunch from Jantzen when that day arrives for me (get a real career going). I'd go 'custom' rather than RTW because I have yet to find a OTR shirt that fits properly. I take a small or medium in the express shirts, but would need an XL to get the correct neck size (17" neck, 38R suit, 31" waist, 35" sleeve).