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post #1 of 23
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I was browsing in Banana Republic the other day, and I was noticing some of their new dress shirts; I was rather impressed with some of their bold prints.  I was curious to get your opinion on this particular shirt: http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse....=100503 They also have it in blue which is nice.  Now I don't know how good the fabrics are, obviously not as good as my Etro, but they seem to do a pretty good job; they advertise having mother of pearl buttons that are cross stiched, two button collars and cuffs, and side gussets.  I would say a pretty reasonable price for a Paul Smith/Etro look.  What do you guys think?
post #2 of 23
It is a very nice shirt for $78. BR usually cuts their shirts very full. I mean huge. I would just check to see if this is a slim cut or a full cut. Depending on what you are looking for. Hey, It is half the price of etro or paul smith. A great value
post #3 of 23
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Hey, for one third the price of my Etro shirt, I think it's pretty nice; granted it's not top notch. But I do like the look though. Actually, in my experience Banana does not cut their shirts all that full. Typically they seem to be on the slimmer side...at least that is what I have experienced.
post #4 of 23
I too have experienced BR shirts to be cut slim, at least on the models I have purchased. I have two of the 'stretch' dress shirts (mostly cotton with a tiny bit of spandex added) and they fit quite slim.
post #5 of 23
i think the orange/blue combination is one that is underused in men's fashion. i'd also like to see more pink/black. i like the shirt, though some fashionistas might say the whole two-button collar-contrast stitching thing is sooooo four years ago. others would see it as the latest thing but if you match that shirt to some faded boot cut jeans and that messed up on purpose hairstyle you'll risk being the ultimate in fashion victimness. my 2 pennies.
post #6 of 23
Hmm, I've only noticed the two button collar, contrast stitching, striped shirt look hitting the mass market in the past few months, and I don't see much of them (striped shirts yes, that specific style, no) in my GQ-type magazines from the past few years (I know they're behind the trends too, but still). I do those shirts (usually from Jantzen) with jeans a lot and always get compliments; so I don't see where you're getting the whole fashion victim thing. Sorry for the rant, but that did kind of hit a nerve since I really like two button collars and contrast stitching on patterned shirts.
post #7 of 23
aybojs, you're in college right? of course you get compliments on that look, it's trendy. college kids like trendy clothes-nothing wrong with that. just understand that the look has been around much longer than you think. in my opinion, it's been done to death- no offense. blame it on mtv, ryan seacrest, etc... (i don't even watch that much t.v., but everytime i turn it on, i see this look.)
post #8 of 23
Fair enough; I was curious though since I don't watch trends all, especially not the crap on MTV/teen-marketing venues, and basically stumbled onto it by experimenting with shirt customization options. I'm not so deluded as to think I'm some innovator or the only person who has done the look, but I just haven't seen many people in the real world do it, so I was a little but stunned at the prospect of being labelled a "fashion victim" here. I hope you see what I'm saying and don't think I'm an oblivious tool here
post #9 of 23
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Versace, I have a couple of those stretch dress shirts too, with a bit of spandex added. Both of mine are pushing 5 years old, and I will say they look damn good. I would be curious to know how good the fabrics are on these new shirts from Banana.
post #10 of 23
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Versace, I have a couple of those stretch dress shirts too, with a bit of spandex added.  Both of mine are pushing 5 years old, and I will say they look damn good.  I would be curious to know how good the fabrics are on these new shirts from Banana.
I love mine (I'm wearing one right now.) and wonder if they still make a similar style (I havent been in that store in ages). Mine are older as well, three or four years. The one I'm wearing right now is light gray or platinum, and the other is a sort-of blend of gray and lavender...hard to explain but the color looks different under different lights. I love them, especially untucked, they fit perfectly. The quality seems relatively good for a $60 Asian-made shirt.
post #11 of 23
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Versace: I went onto the Banana Republic website, and it looks like they still make the stretch type of shirts; they are under the dress shirts link and called "Stretch Poplin".  They seem to have a variety of colors available too. I also see that some of their dress shirts they are making by collar and sleeve size, which is something they have not done before.
post #12 of 23
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Versace: I went onto the Banana Republic website, and it looks like they still make the stretch type of shirts; they are under the dress shirts link and called "Stretch Poplin".  They seem to have a variety of colors available too.  I also see that some of their dress shirts they are making by collar and sleeve size, which is something they have not done before.
Wow, thats nice they are making them in neck/sleeve sizes. The ones I bought were size M, but I have a very tough time finding dress shirts that fit; at least at good prices. I take a size 17 neck and usually that translates to an XL, but I have broad shoulders and a fairly slim chest (36", I take a 38R suit) and a 31" waist. 17" shirts fit me like sacks, with tons of extra material hanging when I try and tuck them in. The BR shirts are perfect for casual wear because they fit nicely throughout the chest, but I am unable to button the shirt all the way to the top.
post #13 of 23
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The ones I have from a few years ago are also Mediums as well, but it sounds like I am an easier size to fit then you are. I don't think I have heard of someone with a 17 inch neck but only a size 38R in suits. I know what it's like to be on the bottom of the suit sizing; I wear a 36R, but I have a 15 inch neck, so I don't have the same problems in terms of my shirts fitting correctly. I will be looking alot more to Etro and Paul Smith. Banana Republic is great though for everyday wear.
post #14 of 23
I love the shirts by Etro and Paul Smith, but I just can't afford to buy those at retail prices right now (maybe after I graduate). I take it that they are slim-fitting? Do you know any other designers that make slim-fit shirts at reasonable prices?
post #15 of 23
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Yes, both Paul Smith and Etro are slim fitting shirts. I have heard that the PS line by Paul Smith is more fitted then his London line. You might want to check out Burberry too, I recently purchased a french cuff shirt from them and it's cut very slim. I purchased it on sale for $100, marked down from $150.
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