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Which of these brands aren't "bad" for dress shirts?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
For example, I've read a lot of dirt about Hugo Boss brand. Since I'm not adept at buying dress shirts, which of these brands are decent ones? Not looking for the costliest nor the cheapest, I'm looking for a quality dress shirt that would be pleasant to wear during the summer. Only these brands are available for me, and I'm not going to buy online since I've never wore a dress shirt before and I'm not made of money. I would prefer to keep the price below $100 (if that's possible for a pleasant dress shirt?), and I'm mostly looking for NON-solid color shirts (stripes/checks). If that matters, I am slim, ~6 foot height.

Note: Not from the US!

Here's the list:

  1. iBlues
  2. Marella
  3. Gerard Darel
  4. Joop!
  5. Seventy
  6. Ted Baker
  7. Betty Barclay
  8. Bandolera
  9. Strellson
  10. Roy Robson
  11. Coccinelle
  12. Karl Lagerfeld
  13. Penny Black
  14. Pierre Cardin
  15. Tommy Hilfiger
  16. Massimo Dutti

Here's a list of stores that MAY have dress shirts:
  1. D&G
  2. Versace
  3. Just Cavalli
  4. Galliano
  5. Bikkembergs
  6. 7 for all man kind
  7. Ermano Scervino
  8. See by Chloe
  9. Richmond
  10. GF Ferre
  11. McQ by McQueen
  12. Marina Rinaldi
  13. MaxMara
  14. La Perla
  15. Ermenegildo Zegna
  16. Hugo Boss
  17. Emporio Armani

Edited by newn - 3/31/13 at 11:50am
post #2 of 23

Go to shopthefinest.com and you'll likely find quality dress shirts. None of these brands are something I'd consider buying.

post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by flirtkakat View Post

Go to shopthefinest.com and you'll likely find quality dress shirts. None of these brands are something I'd consider buying.

Unfortunately none of those brands are available here (not from the US, updated the OP now).

Are these the only decent brands?
post #4 of 23

Not the only but a good general source. Browse the forums, surely there's alot of information to find on the subject. Check the other affiliated vendors to see if you can order from any of them.

post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by flirtkakat View Post

Not the only but a good general source. Browse the forums, surely there's alot of information to find on the subject. Check the other affiliated vendors to see if you can order from any of them.

Most of the information is US-based, like Banana Republic or J. Crew, I mean local stores. I've tried searching the forums but gave up after ~20-30 minutes, it's too tedious due to that reason. I shall edit the title, I suppose.

EDIT: Unfortunately I cannot edit the title. I'd add (EU).
post #6 of 23

Don't think you'll find alot of the guys here at banana republic. Get your measurements and order online from somewhere LIKE shopthefinest, the shipping isn't excessive and the quality is superbly better than that found in most highstreet fashion brands mentioned by you. It doesn't really matter that you live in the EU, so do I.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by flirtkakat View Post

Don't think you'll find alot of the guys here at banana republic. Get your measurements and order online from somewhere LIKE shopthefinest, the shipping isn't excessive and the quality is superbly better than that found in most highstreet fashion brands mentioned by you. It doesn't really matter that you live in the EU, so do I.

My guess is that higher quality shirts start with $100, so basically I'd have to pay $100 + $40 shipping + customs + postal service, which would total to about $200. That's almost what I get paid a month.

Isn't there another option for Europeans that would result in a decent shirt for a price not flawed by such nonsense?
post #8 of 23

tmlewin.co.uk, ctshirts.co.uk are both fairly decent.

post #9 of 23
Strellson make some pretty decent clothes. But if I were you, I would check out Suitsupply, Their suits are very good ( I own quite a few, so I expect that their shirts are of the same quality. They start at 6 euro, and free shipping if your order exceeds 100 euro. Based i Holland so no custom problems...
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by newn View Post

For example, I've read a lot of dirt about Hugo Boss brand. Since I'm not adept at buying dress shirts, which of these brands are decent ones? Not looking for the costliest nor the cheapest, I'm looking for a quality dress shirt that would be pleasant to wear during the summer. Only these brands are available for me, and I'm not going to buy online since I've never wore a dress shirt before and I'm not made of money. I would prefer to keep the price below $100 (if that's possible for a pleasant dress shirt?), and I'm mostly looking for NON-solid color shirts (stripes/checks). If that matters, I am slim, ~6 foot height.

Note: Not from the US!

Here's the list:

  1. iBlues
  2. Marella
  3. Gerard Darel
  4. Joop!
  5. Seventy
  6. Ted Baker
  7. Betty Barclay
  8. Bandolera
  9. Strellson
  10. Roy Robson
  11. Coccinelle
  12. Karl Lagerfeld
  13. Penny Black
  14. Pierre Cardin
  15. Tommy Hilfiger
  16. Massimo Dutti


For under 100 Boss. For even cheaper than that buy Tyrwhitt. For the only RTW shirt at around 100-200 that's worth actually wearing, buy an Eton or a TM Lewin.

 

But in any case you should find a store that does decent quality MTM for around 100-130 or for beater quality MTM get a Modern Tailor shirt. With Modern Tailor you can easily find just about anything. Suit Supply is close to the cost of Modern Tailor and equal in quality but of course faster to get.

post #11 of 23
Would you mind sharing your country? There might be some options locally, such as outlets, that you could see the shirts and actually try them.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by flirtkakat View Post

tmlewin.co.uk, ctshirts.co.uk are both fairly decent.

I'll check them out in a short while.
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Originally Posted by steffenbp11 View Post

Strellson make some pretty decent clothes. But if I were you, I would check out Suitsupply, Their suits are very good ( I own quite a few, so I expect that their shirts are of the same quality. They start at 6 euro, and free shipping if your order exceeds 100 euro. Based i Holland so no custom problems...

Actually there's 2 local stores of Suit Supply, I could simply visit them. I absolutely forgot to mention them!
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Originally Posted by konda View Post


For under 100 Boss. For even cheaper than that buy Tyrwhitt. For the only RTW shirt at around 100-200 that's worth actually wearing, buy an Eton or a TM Lewin.

But in any case you should find a store that does decent quality MTM for around 100-130 or for beater quality MTM get a Modern Tailor shirt. With Modern Tailor you can easily find just about anything. Suit Supply is close to the cost of Modern Tailor and equal in quality but of course faster to get.

Google said that "RTW" shirts are shirts with some writings, which is not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for business casual clothes. Correct me if my Google search wasn't correct.

We don't have Modern Tailor here, however we do have Suit Supply.
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Would you mind sharing your country? There might be some options locally, such as outlets, that you could see the shirts and actually try them.

I would prefer not to. There's more stores that I haven't mentioned because they weren't under the "business clothing" list, but I would assume at least some of them sell dress shirts. There goes the list:
  1. D&G
  2. Versace
  3. Just Cavalli
  4. Galliano
  5. Bikkembergs
  6. 7 for all man kind
  7. Ermano Scervino
  8. See by Chloe
  9. Richmond
  10. GF Ferre
  11. McQ by McQueen
  12. Marina Rinaldi
  13. MaxMara
  14. La Perla
  15. Ermenegildo Zegna
  16. Hugo Boss
  17. Emporio Armani
post #13 of 23

RTW = Ready To Wear. I.E. taken from the rack and put on.

Modern Tailor = makes Made To Measure shirts based on your measurements. They make them in China and ship them to pretty much any country, so even if you are from Syria, you are most likely going to be able to get MT's shirts.

Suit Supply = since you have this in your country, I would go there and try some of their shirts on. Most likely your best bet. Having SS in your country means you are from a developed part of the world and have access to pretty much anything you want to get your hands on.

post #14 of 23

RTW = ready to wear. Off the rack you might say. This is in contrast to MTO or bespoke where they make the shirt or garment to fit you perfectly by cutting to your measurements. You've recieved some good advice, go get your shirts!

 

Edit: Konda beat me to it.

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by newn View Post

For example, I've read a lot of dirt about Hugo Boss brand. Since I'm not adept at buying dress shirts, which of these brands are decent ones? Not looking for the costliest nor the cheapest, I'm looking for a quality dress shirt that would be pleasant to wear during the summer. Only these brands are available for me, and I'm not going to buy online since I've never wore a dress shirt before and I'm not made of money. I would prefer to keep the price below $100 (if that's possible for a pleasant dress shirt?), and I'm mostly looking for NON-solid color shirts (stripes/checks). If that matters, I am slim, ~6 foot height.

Note: Not from the US!

Here's the list:

  1. iBlues
  2. Marella
  3. Gerard Darel
  4. Joop!
  5. Seventy
  6. Ted Baker
  7. Betty Barclay
  8. Bandolera
  9. Strellson
  10. Roy Robson
  11. Coccinelle
  12. Karl Lagerfeld
  13. Penny Black
  14. Pierre Cardin
  15. Tommy Hilfiger
  16. Massimo Dutti

Here's a list of stores that MAY have dress shirts:
  1. D&G
  2. Versace
  3. Just Cavalli
  4. Galliano
  5. Bikkembergs
  6. 7 for all man kind
  7. Ermano Scervino
  8. See by Chloe
  9. Richmond
  10. GF Ferre
  11. McQ by McQueen
  12. Marina Rinaldi
  13. MaxMara
  14. La Perla
  15. Ermenegildo Zegna
  16. Hugo Boss
  17. Emporio Armani

All make good rags.
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