First off, let me say how thrilled I am to have found this forum. Â I am a small-town thirtysomething attorney who has the privilege of wearing a suit and tie each day. Â I try to be very style conscious, but you wouldn't believe the grief I get for wearing a monogrammed dress shirt or a pocket square. Â It is nice to find a group of like-minded people to discuss issues of style. I have lurked around this forum for about a week reading your posts and have become intrigued by the overwhelming support of Jantzen dress shirts. Â I recently purchased my first custom dress shirt, which was an unfortunate event because I can see now that there is no going back. Â My plan, as budget allows, is to completely replace my OTR shirts. Â I have been trying to sample some different sources in order to settle on one tailor. Â I have one shirt from Hemrajani (an unexpectantly bright pink Oxford) and have ordered two more (a safer solid blue and solid white). Â I am very lucky to have in my little town a very good tailor who sells Samuelson and Oxxford suits, Robert Talbott ties, Alden shoes, Lacoste polos, etc... Â He made me a very nice blue Royal Oxford shirt, but it set me back about $150. Â My only other options are a three hour trip to Ben Silver in Charleston or a Brooks Brothers outlet at the beach. Â Because my options are so limited, Jantzen appears interesting. While your customer support horror stories give me pause, I plan to place an order for one shirt (when he starts taking orders again). Â I figure for $43 it's hard to go wrong. It has taken considerable rambling to get to this question: Â Does anyone have a suggestion for a fairly safe, conservative, fabric for my first Jantzen shirt order? Â I'd like to avoid the bright pink Hemrajani fiasco. Â I'm thinking I'll go with solid white for my first order. Â It's tempting to go for a 120's or 140's, but I'm concerned the fabric might be too thin. Â I was thinking maybe Dobby #33 or Dobby #47. Â Of course, I could be persuaded by a nice solid blue or even a stripe (at some point I want a blue/white stripe with contrasting white collars and French cuffs). Â The benefit of anyone's Jantzen fabric experience would be most appreciated.
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2/21/05 at 12:05pm