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Where to buy dress shirts

post #1 of 24
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Hi everyone...I started my post college career in public accounting about ten months ago. At the time I bought shirts from Kohls. I also bought some from LL Bean. They are fine but they all have excess fabric that requires me to do the military tuck. I am now oooking to buy more shirts and don't know if I should look elsewhere or how I should go about getting good fitting shirts. I am 5'10" 160lbs, pretty skinny and have broad shoulders. I don't really have a price range, it I'd rather buy good stuff if it will last longer. Any ideas?
post #2 of 24

Saks Off 5th routinely has shirts on sale at deep discounts.  Ebay...a bunch of sellers on here that list their items of sale.  You can also check out the classifieds section.

post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by jonng85 View Post

Saks Off 5th routinely has shirts on sale at deep discounts.  Ebay...a bunch of sellers on here that list their items of sale.  You can also check out the classifieds section.

Thanks! I'm mostly concerned where to get a good fitting shirt
post #4 of 24

Sounds like you're built kind of like me. I have found Charles Tyrwhitt extra-slim fit shirts to work well for me- their website often offers deals like buy four for a flat rate. Alternatively you could also get shirt stays, which are elastic bands that connect your socks to your shirt- they make your reef tuck tight enough, and permanent enough, that you can hide basically any amount of extra fabric in the back.

post #5 of 24

You might also try (in no particular order):  Ledbury, Hugh and Crye, and Hugo Boss (Sharp Fit, when on sale).  For me, these brands fit pretty well without needing any tailoring.  

 

Regardless of what you buy, taking care of them will make them last longer versus a shirt lasting longer just because it is more expensive. 

post #6 of 24
I get my shirts from a few different companies however, if you are working in the financial field and, find yourself at a desk a lot then there are a few things you need to be mindful about.

If you are going for a slim cut dress shirt you will have less material to work with which is what you want. The key is you do not want to blow out your elbows by having the shirt pull tight there. I had/have guys that go off the rack with slim fit and because the arms are very tampered it can cause a lot of stress on the fabric.

To me I rather go custom shirts and have them adjust the fit of my shirts to fit my body and give room where I need it and take out fabric where I do not need it. Brooks Brothers have a MTM shirt sale where you can get custom shirt made for about 138.00 a shirt. Whereas a good off the rack shirt is somewhere around 65-95 usd.
I would stick with the basics like white, light blue, and maybe French blue. I prefer to go the BB route as opposed to online as having a knowledgeable sales rep measure and fit me seems to produce a better outcome. This saves me time and aggravation of having to come on here and ask " does this shirt fit me". Additionally, once you have a custom shirt made that fits you correctly you can then use that shirt as a model to order online shirts because you will have the correct measurements.
post #7 of 24
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Sorry for the late reply... Today I went to Men's Wearhouse and tried on a few different shirts. I found that the Calvin Klein slim fit in a 15.5 32/33 fits me well and does not need to be altered. They have the 3 for $99 sale going on now. Should I jump on those or does someone know of shirts I could order that fit the same? Before today I've never tried on a slim fit shirt that fits me that well. Thoughts? 

post #8 of 24
Just ask yourself why are they selling them 3 for 99.00 if they are well made? Measure twice cut once in order that you do not continue to buy the same articles of clothing in short periods of time.

I have a wedding I am going to be in as the Best-man and the bride choose Men's Warehouse for out tuxedos and I can say the shirts for the tuxedos are not well made. Good thing it is for one night.
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Originally Posted by Alpha11 View Post

Just ask yourself why are they selling them 3 for 99.00 if they are well made? Measure twice cut once in order that you do not continue to buy the same articles of clothing in short periods of time.

I have a wedding I am going to be in as the Best-man and the bride choose Men's Warehouse for out tuxedos and I can say the shirts for the tuxedos are not well made. Good thing it is for one night.

lol I ended up taking everything back to Men's Wearhouse and went to my local Men's store. I bought two Enro tailored shirts that fit great. I'm looking to buy some similar to that online. I looked at the BB Regent and that seems to be about 1.5" larger that my Enro whereas the Milano is 1.5" smaller in the chest. Anyone have an idea of a shirt similar to the Enro or should I just shell out the $80 per shirt to get a few more of the Enros?
post #10 of 24
I actually have a good amount of my shirts made at BB. They held up pretty good so far. You can get their basic shirts fabrics like the OTR one but have them made to measure for around 138.00. I can use the most OTR shirts in the slim cut because by arms and chest are too big and seeing I am not going to stop working out I have to go custom.
post #11 of 24
I wear BB MTM dress shirts as well. They fit well and there are tons of non-iron fabric options. They might not be the cheapest option but they are great shirts.
post #12 of 24

Nattyshirts.com has offered closing stock clearance sale. 

 

Have a look 

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Edited by jcb2217 - 10/15/16 at 1:19pm
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by 1skibum View Post

lol I ended up taking everything back to Men's Wearhouse and went to my local Men's store. I bought two Enro tailored shirts that fit great. I'm looking to buy some similar to that online. I looked at the BB Regent and that seems to be about 1.5" larger that my Enro whereas the Milano is 1.5" smaller in the chest. Anyone have an idea of a shirt similar to the Enro or should I just shell out the $80 per shirt to get a few more of the Enros?

There are two things I'd ask you to consider. First, supporting a local store, probably a family owned small business, is worth something. Second, if a shirt is 3 for 99, not only how is it made, but who's making it. That shirt can't be bought by the store for more than $20, and I'd guess it's much less. When you subtract the cost of even the very cheapest two yards of cotton, fusing, thread, buttons, cardboard plastic and pins, and shipping, someone was paid at most 2 to 3 dollars to make the shirt. since the manufacturer needs to make a profit as well. I'm guessing the actual hands that made the shirt were paid less.

It matters to me that I've supported local business and adult skilled labor.
post #15 of 24

I've bought Costco shirts for ~$20 then paid another 15-20 to get them altered. It seems like Costco assumes everyone is very heavy & I am not :)

 

Also got  a Brooks Brother shirt for $5 at my dry cleaners when it's owner didn't pick it up after 6 months. It is *far and away* the nicest shirt I own, I've made a mental note to look for BB shirts on sale moving forward. The fabric has substance to it, shape is perfect, does not wrinkle, can't say enough about how nice it is. $138 seems a little steep but if they go on sale it would be worth it IMO.

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