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post #1 of 24
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Typically, I am a very mild supporter of mall stores for formal fashion, but I went into Express yesterday and tried on some of their new shirts and pants, and was surprisingly impressed. They have a whole new line of striped dress cotton shirts that, actually, look pretty nice. Of course you have to deal with the roughness and unsightly rolls and crinkles in certain areas, but these are surprisingly nice shirts - for $45 or less, anyhow. The shirt colors tend to be very bold, with similar arrangements in striped Paul Smith and Dolce & Gabbana shirts. So, enough with the happy-chat. Now, I know that as soon as something hits Express or GAP, it's just about out of style. I have a black Express dress shirt that serves surprisingly well as a casual button-down, and I was considering picking up one or two of their new shirts for casual wear, but before I go out with my card, I just wanted to gather some general opinions on this. Now, fashionable males, please express yourselves (no pun intended). Any criticism is appreciated on this, I would really like to know, if from a higher standpoint, these shirts should be outlawed even for casual wear. You can check out the shirt patterns at http://www.expressfashion.com/ - when the flash site loads, click on the "Must haves: men" on the top bar. Thank you for reading.
post #2 of 24
Hey Brian, I live in Canada so I don't get a chance to look at Express shirts but I like some of the more conservative stripes shirts. I have no idea as to what the quality is but I saw that 1mx shirts are 20 bucks so I'm getting my cousin to get me a pink one (can't seem to get the exact hue I want but the Express shirt looks pretty damn close). I don't know your age but I tend to buy quite a few lower quality shirts like BR and such just for going out and drinking and stuff like that. They're decently stylish, comfy and cheap enough that you don't have to worry about spilling a pint or getting some food on your shirt.
post #3 of 24
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Thanks Ranj I appreciate the input. To answer your curiosity, I am 20 years old. San Diego has almost opened its doors to me. I do think that you're right, and I'll probably pick up two shirts this friday when my paycheck comes - right now if you buy two shirts, one of them is $15 off.
post #4 of 24
I echo Ranjeev's sediments about Banana Republic. They are good, inexpensive, stylish shirts which you can wear everyday with the assurance that you won't go into cardiac arrest in the event that you spill something on them. I would recommend checking out Banana Republic Brian, as they have some nice designs and patterns. They have some pretty bold designs as well, very similar to Paul Smith or Etro, but for one third the price. I don't own a single piece from Express, so I can't comment on them. Unfortunately the site is really slow to load, so I won't be able to view the shirt you are talking about.
post #5 of 24
I have a ton of the Express multi-striped shirts that I bought on clearance for $7-$9 each, which I wear with jeans. I don't think they are worth $45 but if you can get them for $20 or less then they are a good deal.
post #6 of 24
Hey Brian, I figured you were a younger guy, I'm 25 so I'm in the same sort of style boat. The current crop of BR shirts are really quite nice and they ALWAYS go on sale so take a quick peek online. I am not a huge fan of the Etro and Paul Smith bold stripe shirts but I am a conservative guy. I do like striped shirts though, maybe something a little more subtle, I did see a nice red and blue striped shirt on the Express site. I love gingham and tattersall shirts though, bold checks and patterns with a simple tie and solid suit are a favourite of mine. Hey Pink22m, is it me or the quality and patterns at BR becoming better over time?
post #7 of 24
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Hey Pink22m, is it me or the quality and patterns at BR becoming better over time?
It is just you Ranjeev. No, I am only kidding.  You are quite right.  I was in Banana a couple weeks ago, and I was scanning over some of their "premium" dress shirts.  They definetely have gotten better over time, and have many details which are found on shirts costing alot more.  For example, they have 2 button collars, reinforcing side gussets, and cross stitched mother of pearl buttons.  Some of their weaves are quite nice, in particular on a couple of their french cuff models.  I don't know how good the fabrics are; my guess is that they are a few notches below the likes of Etro and Paul Smith.  However, they have definetely done a good job.  In particular, there was a particular bold orange striped model I had my eye on.  It is definetely a nice look for one third the price of my Etro shirt. Additionally, they have started to size their shirts by neck and sleeve, which is something that they had not done in the past.  One of the great things about Banana, as you mentioned, is that typically everything goes on sale at one point or another.  I was thinking I would wait and hold off on the orange striped shirt until it goes on sale.
post #8 of 24
Cross-stitched mother of pearl buttons? That's something to be happy about. Hell, there are some companies out there who charge you over $100 per shirt that still use plastic. Blech.
post #9 of 24
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Hey Brian, I figured you were a younger guy, I'm 25 so I'm in the same sort of style boat.  The current crop of BR shirts are really quite nice and they ALWAYS go on sale so take a quick peek online.  I am not a huge fan of the Etro and Paul Smith bold stripe shirts but I am a conservative guy.  I do like striped shirts though, maybe something a little more subtle, I did see a nice red and blue striped shirt on the Express site.  I love gingham and tattersall shirts though, bold checks and patterns with a simple tie and solid suit are a favourite of mine.  Hey Pink22m, is it me or the quality and patterns at BR becoming better over time?
Hi, I thought I'd share this.... I tried on a "premium" shirt from BR during my last visit there and remembered that it was sized 'L' instead of a specific neck/sleeve size. http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse....=100503
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the nice replies. I will definitely be checking out BR shirts next time I hit fashion valley. I am a fan of this pattern: http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse....=100503
post #11 of 24
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Cross-stitched mother of pearl buttons? That's something to be happy about. Hell, there are some companies out there who charge you over $100 per shirt that still use plastic. Blech.
This is correct. Thomas Pink comes immediately to mind. Why can't they use mother of pearl. Shame on them.
post #12 of 24
I think Pink may use MOP buttons on their slim fit shirts. Those are the only ones I can wear, given that everything else from Thomas Pink is cut like a damned parachute. That being said, while I like Pink fabrics, I think their quality is less than stellar. And I'm still trying to figure out why I pay $50 more for a slim fit shirt than their regular fit, when the slim fit uses less material, isn't gusseted or split-yoked, and has fused cuffs and collar. Go figure.
post #13 of 24
On a side note, for pricing. From my understanding, Banana Republic and H&M use sweat shop / child labour. I haven't heard anything bad about Express or Zara 's production techniques. Derek
post #14 of 24
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I think Pink may use MOP buttons on their slim fit shirts. Those are the only ones I can wear, given that everything else from Thomas Pink is cut like a damned parachute. That being said, while I like Pink fabrics, I think their quality is less than stellar. And I'm still trying to figure out why I pay $50 more for a slim fit shirt than their regular fit, when the slim fit uses less material, isn't gusseted or split-yoked, and has fused cuffs and collar. Go figure.
None of my Pink shirts are the slim fitting models. I have the cutaway models as well as one of their 170's. I am perplexed as to why they would use MOP on the slim fitting, but not on their $195 170's models. Pink definetely has some idiosyncrasies; their sizing being an example. I do agree that they are certainly not stellar quality. The double needle stitching doesn't bother me as much as the plastic buttons do. I think that is just inexcusable. Nevertheless, they do have some nice colors and patterns which I enjoy. I credit Pink with really getting me into wearing brighter, bolder colors. From here on I want to move up and try some Turnbull and Assers, as I have seen some patterns from them that are quite bold and beautiful.
post #15 of 24
Pink used to have MOP buttons on their slim fitting shirts, but now they are plastic, just like the regular shirts (although they still cost $50 more). I've also noticed that this season's shirts say Made in Romania while my older slim fit shirts say Made in the U.K.
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