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Charles Tyrwhitt - Yay or Nay?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I need to pick up a few white shirts for work, but I don't want to spend a fortune. I did some search on this forum and it seems that Charles Tyrwhitt seems to be the go-to designer. There are positive and negative things about CT shirts, but generally, would you recommend them?
post #2 of 32
On a budget, yes. Great starter/beater shirts. Make sure to get the slim fitting. I like that you can customize what kind of cuffs and that they don't have pockets.

Every company has bad reviews on here, but for the most part CT is pretty dependable.
post #3 of 32
What he said ^.

Some of the clothing snobs might get a bit snooty about CT but they are fine by me. Decent selection and make sure you catch them on one of their frequent sales. Their slim fits aren't very slim so I'm torn between getting some of mine fitted or not bothering as I never take off my jacket anyway.
post #4 of 32
I've only worn the two I bought once so far, but they shipped quickly and the shirt quality seems better than what I've found at department stores especially from the price- on sale they were marked down to $39 from ~$135 . They fit well too. The tags say "iron whilst damp", but I say let them just about dry and iron them or use a spray bottle when you iron them.
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

What he said ^.

Some of the clothing snobs might get a bit snooty about CT but they are fine by me. Decent selection and make sure you catch them on one of their frequent sales. Their slim fits aren't very slim so I'm torn between getting some of mine fitted or not bothering as I never take off my jacket anyway.

Have you tried the tailored fit or the regular slim fit? (hmmm that may be the TM Lewin term)

Anyway every shirt I have bought that's not MTM has to be taken in in the waist, so it's not that big of a deal to me...
post #6 of 32
I don't know what country you're in, but I've not purchased anything from CT since they started charging VAT on purchases where it is clearly not due (ie to non-UK customers). I don't believe I'll change that policy - their quality simply isn't high enough. It's not like they're made in England or anything anymore.

That said, some of my older CT shirts are quite nice - I regret that CT has gone the made-in-cheap-labor-countries route, and wish they could have kept their quality up. As it is, even with their sales, I don't think any purchase from them is warranted since there are other alternatives that will do you just as well and won't line their pockets with false tax charges to boot. It's not clothing snobbery to say they're simply a middle-of-the-road maker that is nothing special and has one major strike against them - thus, they have fallen "below the standard" in my book.
post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
Anyone hard of Paul Frederick? A friend recommended PF to me, and their shirts actually look pretty good as well. They also are US-based so shipping/returns will be easier.
post #8 of 32
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Anyone hard of Paul Frederick? A friend recommended PF to me, and their shirts actually look pretty good as well. They also are US-based so shipping/returns will be easier.

Not a fan of PF. I recently tried one of their shirts (slim fit). The biggest issue is it seems like 100% of their shirts have pockets... and they are huge... they wrap all the way around to nearly under the arm pit (looking almost comical). That was true on both the 14.5 and 15.5 sizes I tried.
post #9 of 32
Thread Starter 
Damn... I just ordered 3 for $89 and had free shipping. I hope they have good return policy/time.
post #10 of 32
Paul Fredrick is okay. They have a good return policy and customer service. That being said, I recently bought CT shirts, and I like them better than PF. For Paul Fredrick, their super 100's or higher is really where you want to be. The 80's are only okay.

One thing nice about PF is that their slim fit shirts aren't shorter than their regular fit like CT.
post #11 of 32
I've had some success with CT. I'm an odd size (14.5/34 @ 6ft3 tall) and found their tailored fit to be pretty much perfect. Unfortunately they don't offer 34" sleeves at 14.5 and the 33" ones tend to shrink to the point of being too short. I have one in 14.5/33 that is oddly longer in the sleeves and body than the others (also the only one in a french cuff), which fits really well.

I've also found communication and customer support to be decent, which can be lacking in online stores once they have your money.
post #12 of 32

Their measurements seem to be all over the place. What is also not visible in pictures (since there's always a tie hiding the buttons) is that sometimes the buttons on the shirt can be yellowish. This is a problem on one of the white shirts (might be a model thing because I had two of these and both seemed to have it) I have and I think I'll have the buttons changed since it'll be cheaper than sending it back.

 

I ordered several shirts from both CT and T.M. Lewin with the same measurements. The Lewin shirts are fine, but I had to send the CT back because they were massive even after a few washes. One size smaller and they're fine. Same with their suit jackets, had to get one size smaller. I recommend you don't buy anything that says "classic fit" if you are NOT overweight.

 

Qualitywise I wasn't that happy with the suit jacket. The button hole stitching wasn't very well done and the buttons were a bit on the ugly side. I will also have to get it tailored because it's much roomier at the waist than I hoped for and this is from their Black Label range which is supposed to be slimmer! Again cheaper to just get the tailoring than get it exchanged or returned.

 

Suit pants sizing seems to be spot on.

 

So if you're in the UK or nearby, give them a go if you like their stuff but otherwise I'd look elsewhere.

post #13 of 32
The washing machine took a button off one of my PF shirts, but their slim shirts fit me well - 16.5x34/35
post #14 of 32
I've ordered everyday/beater shirts from CT for about four years now.

They are a good value for what you pay in my opinion.

My two complaints are:

1.) as mentioned above, they can be a little inconsitent in terms of fit/size - even on the details. I just got four new ones and on one and only one the cuffs were a good 1/2" wider than on the others. I sometimes wonder if they don't use several different manufacturing plants - but I don't know.

2.) Recently they have had the dingiest looking gray tone on the buttons. (This doesn't bother me too much either - as I wear them ties and only wear french cuffs - so buttons are not really seen.)

They hold up like tanks though - can't seem to kill them before the fabric on the french cuffs starts to fray.

And I have them done at the cleaners after every wear - I'm sure they don't baby them.
post #15 of 32
CT shirts have fused collars and cuffs, where T M Lewin are not. For this reason alone I would go with with T M L.
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