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post #16 of 21
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post #17 of 21
The biggest and IMO most important variable is how the shirts are washed. The shirts I send to the cleaners every two or three weeks to be washed go for about 2-3 years before the cuffs and collars are frayed and the color is off (so about fifty outside cleaner washings seems right). The shirts I wash at home in cold water (slimmer shirts where if they shrunk at all they'd be too tight) last much longer-- 5+ years. But I'm lazy and would rather wear out a shirt by sending it to the cleaners than washing and ironing myself.
post #18 of 21
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Ditto. I actually don't mind a bit a fray around the collars and cuffs. It's like a shirt's badge of honor.
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Maybe we should take up a collection for the poor guy. I have favorites but when they look like that, it's time for the rag bag.
post #20 of 21
I have somewhere around 75 dress shirts currently. I wear them 5 days a week and take them to the cleaners after each wearing. I have varying degrees of price and quality, but I can count on one hand the number of shirts I have thrown out because they were "worn out" (fraying collar or cuff.) I have some that I know are well over 10 years old. I dont generally wear a tie so I have a lot of color and plaids. I went through an Etro phase a few years ago. I usually get tired of them before they are worn out. You should be pretty good. I only buy now when the deal is too good to pass up.
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In my experience the single most important factor in determining the life of a shirt is the cleaners you decide to send them to.

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I hand wash my sirts and NEVER send them to the cleaners. launder MAYBE..but cleaners NEVER!
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