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Bang for your Buck Shirt(ing) Options for a New Professional

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Spaghettimatt, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Let's you and I start promoting the use of the term, "trousering."
     
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  2. sm31

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    I guess there's two strategic ways to approach this:

    1. Start as cheap as possible RTW, and only go MTM after exhausting the possibilities (and potentially wasting a lot of time and money)
    2. Start MTM and be sure to get a good fit; use that knowledge to explore RTW if price is a concern

    I tend to think, given the OPs constraints, that option 2 will end up being better value, and more satisfying (less time-consuming, less likely to result in frustration, etc.).
     
  3. Sanguis Mortuum

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    Is your choice of word for anglophonic purposes, or simply because "pantsing" is already taken?
     
  4. Quadcammer

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    Based on the guy's size, we gave him one, maybe two, RTW stores to check out. How is he wasting money if he tries the shirt on and decides it doesn't fit?

    MTM doesn't assure much of anything btw, especially if its online. Very rarely does an online MTM place get it right the first time, and even then, its weeks before you see the end result.

    If the one or two RTW options provide a decent fit, mtm is not necessary.
     
  5. nmprisons

    nmprisons Senior member

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    Just go to Carl (CEGO). The few extra bucks a shirt over your budget will be more than worth it. Today I am wearing a shirt that he made for me four years ago. Fit is great and it has held up remarkably well. You won't be dissapointed.
     
  6. F. Corbera

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    The latter. I have some awesome shoeings on today (sounds like schwing! but really isn't...)
     
  7. thegreatgatsby

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    I don't know where you live (are you in Manhattan)?

    I also didn't have time to read all the other posts, but here's what I would do if I were you:

    1. Shit can the idea of getting MTM shirts. You can buy OTR (RTW) shirts that are better quality than the stuff you'll buy on-line or at Brooks Brothers (if you buy smart):

    A) Go to Daffy's (there are 6 locations in NYC, 2 in Philly, several in Jersey). You can buy SLIM ass shirts right off the rack with a 14 - 14 1/2 size neck (starting there), and then have them tailored.

    You can get Mastai, Truzzi, etc. shirts (that would cost $200 a pop) for $30. Have the sleeves shortened ($16), and have the body taken in (not that you would really need to).

    Daffy's also features shirts by a company called B-More. These shirts fit tighter than condoms. They are of excellent quality, and they will feel (to a guy who's 5' 3" --- custom made).




    B) If you go to any Loehman's or Nordstrom's Rack, you can buy Ben Sherman slim fit shirts (again, they make 14 size necks and up), for $35. Same deal - have them tailored.



    2. If you don't live in the NYC area, then tell us where you do live.


    On your budget, it doesn't make sense to buy custom --- any decent tailor can remake a shirt for $50 tops.
     
  8. Spaghettimatt

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    Wow. That is impressive. I was thinking I would go see Mr. Hemrajani this week (as he is in NYC until Friday), but perhaps I should just go with CEGO? Anyone else care to weigh on MyTailor vs. CEGO?

    And I hope you guys find the edited threat title slightly more acceptable.
     
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  9. Spaghettimatt

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    I do live in NYC. Those shirts may fit in the neck and body (maybe), but I doubt they will fit in the yoke/shoulders and will be too long anyways. I am skeptical, but along with Charles Tyrwhitt, I will give Daffy's a shot.
     
  10. rohde88

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    :tounge:
     
  11. CJG_NYC

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    Just thought I'd toss in my two cents since I am a 5'3" guy also, though maybe not as slim as the OP. I am a big fan of CT. I own probably 15+ CT shirts that I wear regularly. The quality is fine for every day shirts. of course, I imagine a custom made shirt will fit a lot better (I mean heck, its custom made) but I really have no gripes with CT shirts. I opt for the tailored fit usually, but like someone else said, the selection in tailored fits is lacking. I live in NYC but actually prefer to just order my shirts from them online since I can have them tailor the sleeve length as needed -- actually come to think of it, I'm not sure if they offer this in store (anyone have any experience with that?).

    At 4 for $200 with an incredibly good return policy I dont see the harm in giving them a shot (even if you feel you need to have them tweaked a little bit by a tailor, its still a pretty good price).
     
  12. ELG

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    I say go with CT if you are short on cash. I personally prefer Joe Hemrajani, but his shirts start at roughly 100 or 115 per shirt. You can get CT for significantly less
     
  13. atila

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    See, I'm 5'4 and have a more athletic build. I tried the 4 for $200 and at $50 a shirt, I still needed to spend $10 for the arm sleeve length and another $15-20 to bring the body in a bit so that it doesn't blouse at the bottom and keep a sharp look. That would have been $75 or so per shirt for some ho-hum styles and fabric.


    www.BlankLabel.com --- found these guys through a groupon/livingsocial type deal and decided to try them out.

    The great thing about this site is they said you a pre-paid envelope for you to ship your best fitted shirt and they can take the measurements off that shirt - AWESOME and convenient.

    You can get some nice fabrics and lots of customization options starting at $75 a shirt but its fitted for your body AND the fabric is good. It did take about 2.5-3 weeks to get the final product but I was very satisfied with the finish product and enjoyed the experience enough that I plan to get more from them.
     
  14. Mildly Consumptive

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    I've never been to CEGO, but a few years ago I bought shirts from MyTailor and a couple local shirtmakers to compare. The Mytailor shirts finished a close second place in construction quality, and first place in fabric selection, value, and overall fit and style.

    The thing is, you can only order one to start, and after you get the fit sorted out, you can start ordering them by the bunch. So you probably won't have 6 shirts ready in two months.


     
  15. PhiPsi32

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    I never thought of CT as ho-hum. I guess it depends on your sense of style. And the CT fabrics are very nice IMO. The non-iron shirts are great. I wash, hang dry, and wear. No touch ups, and the shirts look good. It's especially nice when you are traveling and can't press your shirts.

    The shirts are TTS based on the online fit chart. If you know your measurements, then you will have a reasonable idea of the fit before you order.

    Having said that, I just placed an order for MTM shirts and a sports jacket from a local tailor. I used my CT shirt as an example of my "best fit". Other than sleeve length, the tailor told me that the CT is a very good fit (for me anyway). My sleeve length falls on the half inch and I was too cheap to pay for the sleeve alteration. No shame on my part.

    After spending considerable time being measured and discussing the fit of my current dress shirts, I can't imagine ordering MTM online. That's me, however. I know many of you have been successful ordering MTM online.
     
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  16. Mildly Consumptive

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    Well, I imagine he'd go get measured by the MyTailor guy in person.
     
  17. Spaghettimatt

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    Well, I've just set an appointed with MyTailor/Hemrajani for this Friday, so I might just be able to get the trial and then a few more by the end of May. Before I go through with the MyTailor trial (still going to try out Tyrwhitt this Thursday), any final words on CEGO instead of MyTailor? Is the quality/service/price any better?
     
  18. Mildly Consumptive

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    Remember, no matter what he says, no matter the temptation, only order one shirt.
     
  19. countdemoney

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    I've never used either maker. For your price point, you may as well try both and then invest.
     
  20. Quadcammer

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    For most people, they aren't. But this is style forum, where only the best will do.

    For every day office wear, I couldn't see wanting a nicer shirt than CT to be honest, but I'm not the big baller around here.
     

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