Originally Posted by who8mahrice
I've been watching the unofficial thread for a while hoping for some more info on the shirts. Unfortunately, doesn't seem like many people here order them
Originally Posted by sammmmy
Love your guys's jeans.
Anybody have anything to say about the shirting?
EDIT: after staring at my shirt, my photo, Gustin's photo and back and forth again, I've come to a somewhat different conclusion. My shirt and Gustin's photo are in fact slightly different fabrics. Gustin's photo clearly shows alternating lines of blue-green-blue-green in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Mine is so similar I barely noticed, but after staring at it, all of the vertical lines in my fabric are blue, and all of the horizontal lines in my fabric are green. It's a tiny distinction, but it accounts for many of my comments and complaints below. I'll leave the comments unedited because I think they still stand, but this might not be Gustin's fault. My best guess is that the supplier switched the fabrics on them and either didn't notice (because they really are quite similar) or chose not to tell them.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Agreed, there doesn't seem to be much real-world info on the shirts on this board, or anywhere on the internet!
I received mine a few days ago and will post photos soon. It's the navy-hunter OCBD.
First impression: it's a pretty nice shirt. As mentioned above, the buttons are thin but they're real MOP so no complaints I guess. Fit seemed good out of the box, and will probably improve after a few washes. Plenty of sleeve length which is awesome--I frequently have a problem there with other shirts. I may need to have it tailored, but that's due to my body type (all my shirts need darts) rather than a flaw in the shirt.
My only complaints so far are with the fabric, and more specifically the photos of the fabric. It's not a quality issue, the fabric is very soft and feels good when you wear it. It is VERY lightweight though, it feels like half the thickness of OCBDs from Brooks Brothers or Land's End. Gustin does list the weight of the fabric at 4.0 oz, but I don't have much frame of reference for shirting weight. Let's just say that it's not very "substantial" for an Oxford cloth. The downside of this is that the combination of softness, light weight, and VERY fine texture make it feel a little too "formal" to wear with jeans. It almost feels like a dress shirt. As it gets colder I'll probably end up layering it under sweaters, so the lightness of the fabric won't be a big issue.
My bigger problem though is with the photos of the fabric. All we get from Gustin (on any of their shirts) are two shots of small fabric swatches. Do they not have sample shirts made up prior to production? Would it be too much to ask to get a photo or two of those? The scale of the gingham pattern is quite a bit smaller than I had expected based on the photos. The color also seems off. You can barely see the hunter green and the navy is a very deep dark navy. Neither of these facts come through in Gustin's photos. The overall effect is that the shirt looks like a gray shirt, or a shirt with a tiny black/gray micro-check pattern. These aren't "flaws" per se, just surprises. The shirt just doesn't quite look like what I had imagined based on photos of tiny swatches. If Gustin could post photos of a sample-shirt instead of swatches, it would remove surprise from the equation.
In any case, it sounds like I'm nit-picking, and I am. It's a nice shirt and easily holds its own against any other shirts in its price range. I point out the flaws only to inform others of things I wish I had known before I had ordered. Even having known those things, I'd still have bought the Gustin shirt but I'd have altered my expectations accordingly. Gustin asserts that its shirts are similar to shirts in the $175-$300 price range. I have only one shirt in that range (Gitman Bros) and it's not an apples-to-apples comparison since that's a linen shirt, but I will say this: my Gitman Bros shirt is quite a bit nicer than my Gustin shirt.
UPDATE: Now with photos.
Close-up of fabric. Behind is a gray chambray for comparison. They're not the same, but they're close. Compare that to Gustin's photo of the fabric showing pretty intense blue and green.
Sure, different cameras different lighting, but my photo is much closer to real-life than Gustin's.
On to fit pics. For reference, this is a size L and I'm about 6'1" 170 lbs.
Sorry for the crappy point and shoot photos, they look a bit better if you click to expand them. Also note how, from just a few feet away the scale of the pattern tends to disappear and the shirt overall looks gray. Granted, a crappy indoor photo accents this slightly, but would you have expected the pattern to disappear based on the photo of the fabric provided by Gustin above?
If you're curious about the size of the arm holes, they are cut pretty high which is a good thing for lanky guys like me. Something might be odd about their shape/angle resulting in some weird pulling when I raise my arms, but I don't generally walk around in this pose so not a big deal.
Last little nit-pick. Gustin uses red thread on the last buttonhole, it's a nice little trademark. They also use a horizontal buttonhole, which I greatly appreciate. The only problem is that the stitching is a bit sloppy, and since it's red, it's highly visible. It really isn't a big deal, and if you tuck in your shirts it's totally invisible. However, that sloppiness (plus a few other loose threads here and there) wouldn't be present in the $175-$300 shirts that Gustin wants to compare to.
Bottom line. This is a good shirt, that fits me fairly well. It's significantly better than other shirts that are available for $74 (or the $54 that I paid after a referral code). I'll probably order more of them, the flannels currently available look nice.
However, it's probably not a $175-$300 shirt, and there are some limitations of the pre-order process, especially given that we can't see a fully-made sample before we order.Edited by cthip - 10/17/13 at 2:02pm