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Best fabric for white dress shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Well-Known Member

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    What is the best fabric for a white dress shirt. Basically, I'm looking for something that strikes a nice balance between quality and feel, and not being able to completely see through the damn thing.
     
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    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    Broadcloths aren't too see through, but if that doesn't work, herringbones are quite nice, too. Oxford cloth, I suppose, should be mentioned, too. Less formal though.
     
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    capnpyro Well-Known Member

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    I got the 100% sea island cotton when I ordered a white dress shirt from Jantzen. It's got a very nice feel to it, and it's opaque enough to wear without an undershirt. Mind you I've never tried on a borrelli shirt or comporable shirt, but the cotton of the jantzen is the crispest and nicest feeling I've ever had on. It keeps it's shape while still being soft, very nice.
     
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    montecristo#4 Well-Known Member

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    Twill. But not in the summer.
     
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    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    Herringbone or twil: both very nice choices.
     
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    Herringbone and Sea Island Cotton - you can't go wrong with either.[​IMG]
     
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    Tomasso Well-Known Member

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    I like Royal Oxford.
     
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    I like Royal Oxford.

    I second that - the texture is beautiful and it's rather sort without looking wrinkly.
     
  9. Shirtmaven

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    80/2 pinpoint oxford is a true workhorse of a fabric. It can be made with a spread collar to dress it up instead of a button down.

    Royal oxfords can sometimes be a bit heavy. Higher thread coun royal oxfords are quite nice. There is a Thomas Mason 140/2 that is great.

    Real Sea Island cotton is very expensive.

    I doubt the shirt from Jantzen was real SEa Island cotton. Not at $42.00.
    The fabric alone would cost more then that.

    BRoadcloth's vary in opaqueness(is that a word) It depends on the construction
    the 200/2 fabric gets quite dense and is amazing. Of course i is quite expensive as well.

    Carl


    www.cego.com
     
  10. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Well-Known Member

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    Best compromise between 'see-thru' and 'quality feel':

    Albini's Thomas Mason "Clarence" 2x2 140's Broadcloth.



    If you want slightly thicker:

    Albini's Thomas Mason "Byron-Kent" 2x2 120's Broadcloth



    Slightly more hedonistic ... but also more translucent:

    Alumo's "Soyella" 2x2 170's Broadcloth
     
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    Slightly more hedonistic ... but also more translucent:

    Alumo's "Soyella" 2x2 170's Broadcloth

    Sounds like a good choice for attending the Bacchinalian orgy Esquire is teaching me to throw [​IMG]
     
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    Alexander Kabbaz Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a good choice for attending the Bacchinalian orgy Esquire is teaching me to throw [​IMG]
    Not really. Alumo's experimental 220's would be a better bet. It may be available by the time you're done with Esquire.
     
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    What is the best fabric for a white dress shirt. Basically, I'm looking for something that strikes a nice balance between quality and feel, and not being able to completely see through the damn thing.

    2x2 100's plain poplin.
     
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    I'm currently in the process of addressing the very same problem right now. I really like a fine herringbone (5mm) or fine twill because of the extra sheen, but I wonder if Alumo's 170x2 broadcloth isn't a more versatile choice while I build-up my shirt rotation.

    I was actually quite surprised in that it didn't have as nice a hand as I would have imagined. Then again, I'm comparing it to their 170x2 Zephir, which has an incredible hand but probably isn't as durable. And don't even get me started on voile!

    What's everyone's impression of a medium-fine twill? Does that go with just about everything or should I stick with broadcloth for my first white shirt?
     
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    I have a strong distate for twill shirts worn with suits with a twill weave. Against a flannel, herringbone tweed, etc they look very nice. But broadcloth is certainly a more versatile and must have fabric.
     
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    whoopee, now that I think about it, I completely agree with you. As of yet, none of my jackets have a twill weave except for an espresso herringbone twill, but I think I'm gonna go with Alumo's 170x2 broadcloth for my first white shirt.
     
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    Slightly more hedonistic ... but also more translucent:

    Alumo's "Soyella" 2x2 170's Broadcloth


    I vote for this one.
     
  19. itsstillmatt

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    Not a big fan of white shirts, but the one that I have is broadcloth. I don't like the sheen that herringbones and twills tend to have.
     
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    odoreater Well-Known Member

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    Hey, hopkins, I just read your signature and it reminded me of this thing that I heard or read about Rock 'n' Roll bands that created names but then regretted the names they created because they wouldn't make sense anymore when circumstances change. Like for example, a band that names itself using the initials of all of its members, but then one or more of the members quits the band and new members join so the name is no longer applies. Hehe, just thought it was an interesting analogy. Guess you should have thought about the long term ramifications of choosing your name.
     

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