Best Mid-Priced Shirts

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  1. yanks2182

    yanks2182 Senior member

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    I'm aware of the MTM (Jantzen, Mytailor) options for shirts, but I was curious what everyone recommends for dress shirts under $100. I have a few Charles Tyrwhitt shirts that I purchased for 50% off, but the collars and sleeves have shrunk a significant amount.
     
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    Do you mean RTW?
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Well, I don't know about under $100, but at about the $150 range, CIT, G.V. Conte, and Aster (a brand from Spain I only know about because Gary Drinkwater carries it), all acquit themselves pretty well. Aster and CIT are slimmer, G.V. Conte is either usually a little fuller body - but they use some terrific fabrics. These shirts are usually about $80-$100 in Italy.
     
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    Lewin seems to be the fave that everyone recommends. They seem like pretty decent shirts, probably better than my Tyrwhitts.
     
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    I've tried both Trywhitt and Lewin, and while I've since decided neither was worth it (i.e. that CEGO was more than worth the extra expense), I preferred the Lewin of the two. They often have a sale where you can get 4 shirts for 100 GBP - works out, with shipping, to be about $50 per shirt.

    When they do the deal, their nicer fabrics are often the same price as their less expensive fabrics, so do try for the nicer if available.
     
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    yanks2182 Senior member

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    I meant RTW dress shirts, not casual shirts.
     
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    Lewin shirts are definitely better than CT, especially the fit (although Lazarillo could still probably make nice kites out of them... [​IMG] ) and collars

    H&K is a little above your $100 mark but still a good value (keep you eye on sales).

    UDESHI is personally my favorite fit of all RTW shirt makers (I have Borrelli, Barba, Finamore, T&A, etc...). Very slim fit but not to the point that my 20-lbs-overweight body looks silly in it... Fabulous cuts and collars, exceptional fabrics. That will also be a little above the $100 mark (Alister has them between $120 and 150)

    If you have to stay under the $100 mark, I find that Haines & Bonner is actually pretty good, although it generally gets bad press on this board (because of where the shirts are made?...)

    Also, you can generally pick up Barbera shirts on eBay for under $100. There's always a bunch listed...
     
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    Anyone notice that Lewin has not updated their stock in ages?
     
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    T&A (some may argue that) Udeshi HK (probably regarded as the best by some)
     
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    Jacques Britt makes IMO a nicer shirt than T&A at half the price, though with exchange rates they might be over $100 now.

    Also, be very careful about buying Luciano Barbera shirts on eBay. They had a lower line that sold at places like Loehmanns (I bought one for under $20) that are nicely cut but don't have the workmanship one would expect from the name, nor the niceties like MOP buttons.
     
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    Jacques Britt makes IMO a nicer shirt than T&A at half the price, though with exchange rates they might be over $100 now.

    Also, be very careful about buying Luciano Barbera shirts on eBay. They had a lower line that sold at places like Loehmanns (I bought one for under $20) that are nicely cut but don't have the workmanship one would expect from the name, nor the niceties like MOP buttons.


    Interesting. the Barbera shirt I bought at Loehmann's 3 or 4 months ago is from the regular line (w/ MOP buttons). It was not $20 though, rather $69
     
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    I'll throw in a specific request - hopefully the OP doesn't mind.

    Any ideas for RTW slim fit shirts - to give a perspective on my size, medium RLPL fits almost perfectly, and RL Custom-Fit Size Small is a pretty good fit, except for the too-short sleeves and too-tight neck.

    I suppose I am around the same size as you LA Guy, maybe a bit smaller - what are your go to brands (the ones listed above?)?
     
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    And where might you find Udeshi shirts for this price?
     

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