MTM or bespoke is a bad idea for someone new to style, especially if self-measured.
J. Crew doesn't make real (sized) dress shirts.
Ty for the advice, I was actually going to order some Charles Tyrwhitt shirts today because everything is on sale. The only thing is that the standard for their shirts is a 33 inch sleeve anything else is considered custom and they charge $13 to alter the sleeves. I was thinking that $13 is a lot to change a $40 shirt, or should I think like I'm getting a nice dress shirt for under $60?
You're 5'5" with a 32" sleeve? You may have missed your calling as a UFC fighter.
Apropos of the thread, there are many routes one could take: RTW and then tailoring or simply MTM from the go, neither of which, given the ever-decreasing cost of MTM, is significantly cheaper than the other. My advice would be to focus on the bare essentials and get a strong foundation wardrobe from which you could build a large array of versatile arrangements.
Since you want brands.. Shirts:
Magnanni (their best line)
Johnston & Murphy (their best line)
Brands are really rather irrelevant.. Focus on fit first, as always.
Thank you for answers with brands. I realize that fit is best but I also wanted to buy things that last. It would suck to look at a bunch of brands that fit well but were build poorly because in the end it would be a waste of money.
When I measured my friend helped me with them using the measurement guides from different shirt companies but I guess it couldn.t hurt to get a real tailor to measure me. But I know that my cousin is like 5'9" and if we reach straight up our arms go to about the same height.
Ye, from what I've read on styleforum button cuffs are alot more versatile and thats what Im looking right now to start my wardrobe. And I'm not in a rush, I don't start my job until April of next year once I graduate.