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Best discount alternative to BB for dress shirts (that I will tailor to fit)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. atila

    atila Senior member

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    Thanks for posting that sale - I bought a bunch of staple white/light blue/medium blue shirts.
     


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    We are all so disappointed.
     


  5. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    You're welcome. For $18, you can't lose.
    I hope they aren't a huge step down from BB shirts.
     


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    sportin_life Senior member

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    After trying a variety of brands, I would just wait for BB sales and grab their ESF shirts when they drop to ~ 50 each. The amount spent on tailoring isn't worth the difference in savings unless you have a tailor who does stuff cheaply. Do you get all that work done for $10 total or $10 each i.e. $30/shirt?

    For me, my tailor charges $15 for the sides, $15 for darts, and $20 for sleeves = $50/shirt. I've found getting BB ESF and getting darts is much cheaper/cost effective than getting other brands and paying $50 for tailoring, at least for me.
     


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    You get darts in the ESF shirts? I can't wear ESF shirts at all — they're too slim in chest and arms. And it's not like I'm a muscle man.
     


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    atila Senior member

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    I have a slim and athletic build - strong shoulders and the ESF is still too big for me. I don't get darts, but I do get it tapered along the sides.

    And my tailor charges me about $25 for sleeves and side tapering, I hope he can give me a bit of a break doing 8 shirts, we'll see.
     


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  11. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Good lord, $50 to alter a shirt!
    He's robbing people blind.
    For $100, you can get a MTM shirt in NYC.

    For me, ESF still needs tailoring.
    I pay $10 for each shirt.
     
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  12. Flyswatter

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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the collars on those Lands' End shirts you linked to suck. I optimistically purchased the tailored version of that same shirt during a sale back around Christmas, but promptly returned it to Sears due to the collar. The points are very short (probably around 2 and a quarter inches) and didn't hide underneath my lapels. The spread was also disappointing; although the pics on the LE website seem to show a decent spread, in actuality it was a medium spread at best, probably just a little more than 90 degrees once buttoned-up.

    Anyway, I know it's a matter of opinion, and maybe you'll be happy with the shirts/collars, but they certainly don't live up to the typical SF look of at least having long enough points to nicely hide behind jacket lapels. On a related note, LE recently did a seersucker dress shirt with what they call their cutaway collar. This looks much closer to the spread I typically like, and the points look longer, too. Now if only they'd do some of their "normal" dress shirts with this collar...
     
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  13. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Not a problem. I prefer spread collars.
    Remember, style is not some formula you pick up from the internet.
    We don't want to all be interchangeable clones, now do we?
    It's all about sprezzatura and having individual style.
     
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  14. Flyswatter

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    Uhh.. no. Interchangeable clones? Where did that come from? You prefer spread collars? So do I. Did you even read my post? I said the LE advertised "spread collar" is hardly spread at all, though it is a fairly subjective term I suppose.
     


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    I suppose I could wait until mine came in, but are they similar collars to BB's spread?
     


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