Originally Posted by Cyber0066
What is the "best" dress shirt material? It seems like so many dress shirts are 100% cotton. But I've also found other material combinations like 55 cotton/45 polyester 97 cotton/ 3 spandex So really, what's the difference between them all? Is 100% cotton the best material for a dress shirt? Because I usually find them being a little tight when I try to move raise my arms.
do you live near a Nordstrom? Try their black label cotton shirts, which are their highest store brand quality and have a slimmer fit. You have said some shirts feel tight when you lift your arms. Those shirts are probably poorly made, or you have huge guns and lats. Popular better brands found in departments stores are: Hickey-Freeman (these are full fitting), Gitman Bros. (full fitting), Burberry (a bit slimmer), Robert Talbott (way overpriced, over-rated, and full fitting, and they shrink like hell at the cleaners). You can try Ralph Lauren Polo, but I would only buy on-sale. When considering any style of 100% cotton dress shirt, you should pay attention to the type of cotton, a two-ply Egyptian cotton of 110 to 120 threads per square inch should be the lowest you will accept. These shirts feel thinner and silkier. They wear like iron, too. After you begin to trade-up in quality and decide what type of collar you prefer (how tall that collar should be and of what spread) and how trim the body of the shirt should be, then go MTM with Jantzen. Many here sing its praises. The best thing to do is to begin the journey. Be adventurous, trust your judgement or buy into someone else's opinion, and know there will be many mistakes along the way. Everyone changes with their personal experience. Have fun!