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Best Slim White Dress Shirt <$50?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mispoke, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    For CT pricing, you can always do the 4 for $200, so $50 is standard (though you have to buy 4). However, there is almost always some sale for $40 each, no minimum. You just have to dig around for it. At one point, the Wall Street Journal had a $40/shirt coupon code. I'm not sure if that is a one-time thing or is always around.
     
  2. archibaldleach

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    I would say that $50 per shirt is fairly standard and you should never pay more than that. There are regularly shirts discounted to $40 or so, either for non-staple items on clearance or if you're buying one shirt at a time (maybe you can stack the $39.50 offer multiple times but guessing not). So $40's a bit better, but not something you have to jump on (if you do the 2 for $100, I highly recommend buying on the UK website as it will be 2 for 100 British Pounds 100 British Pounds is approximately $150 now). You have to add UK shipping which is in Pounds instead of Dollars, but you still save a decent amount. Exchange rates fluctuate, however, so I can't predict how long that pricing arbitrage will last. Definitely take advantage while it does.
     
  3. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    Tried on some Charles Tyrwhitt Extra Slim, and the cut is still too big. Any ideas on even slimmer?
     
  4. archibaldleach

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    What's the issue exactly? Too big in the chest / shoulders or too big in the waist. If the shirt fits in the chest / shoulders, you can get some alterations done to make it fit in the waist. I find BB extra slim fit tighter in the chest but looser in the waist.

    There are some slim fitting designer shirts, but those tend to be pricier and would not meet your cost target. If you're willing to spend more than $50 per shirt, I'd seriously consider doing MTM. If you do go for online MTM, make sure you check reviews and pick a place that will make you a test shirt and/or copy a shirt of yours that fits well with alterations you specify.
     
  5. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    Too big in chest/shoulder and throughout the torso. Shirts that fit me so far are H&M dress shirts (size Medium) and Kenneth Cole Reaction (15.5; 34-35). Was wondering if there are any others that are similarly cut and sized.
     
  6. Reggs

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    Their slimmest fit is very baggy.
     
  7. msulinski

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    Re: TM Lewin.

    Their slimmest fit is still slimmer than both Brooks Brothers ESF and CT ESF. I own (or did own) the slimmest-fitting shirts from all 3 makers in 16/33. The BB was the roomiest fit, followed by CT. I couldn't even button the TM Lewin and had to return it.
     
  8. Reggs

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    I have the Extra Slim BB shirt in my measurements and it's slimmer than the slimmest T.M. Lewin. The BB is roomier than I'd like, but still looks good. The TM is so baggy that I simply don't understand how it could be their slimmest fit. Just my experience.
     
  9. msulinski

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    Are you talking about the TM Lewin Fully Fitted? For 16 neck anyway, the TM Lewin is slimmer than BB ESF and CT ESF. I know below 16, BB ESF start getting slimmer than the equivalent CT neck size, but I'd be surprised if they got so much slimmer that they were slimmer than TM Lewin.
     
  10. ChiliPalmer

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    I agree. I have their fully fitted bib front tuxedo shirt in a 16/35 and I can't fit into it. It's trimmer than anything I've seen from Brooks Brothers.

    While I'm here - anyone want to buy it? Cheap. Tags are still attached. All I did was try it on.
     
  11. Ivar

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    Don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but T.M. Lewin's fully-fitted shirts all feature non-iron fabrics. They don't mention it on their website (I think?), but I'm pretty sure they do. Unfortunate, since non-iron = itchy and scratchy. The fully-fitted shirts also have shorter collar points than the slim fit shirts, again, with no mention of that fact on their website.

    I do love T.M. Lewin's standard twill shirts, however. If only the collar points were half an inch longer ...
     
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  12. N8ter

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    Thinking I want to jump on that shirt & tie for $50 deal from Charles Tyrwhitt, but need a little sizing help. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how CT shirts fit size wise in comparison to JAB or BB? For example, I measure at a 16.5 but find I need a 17 in JAB, but BB the 16.5 is right on. Also measure a 34 sleeve, and the JAB 34 is juuust long enough. Wondering if a 34.5 in CT would be better? Lastly, how does the CT extra slim compare to the BB extra slim or JAB slim fit? Those both fit me well even though I am not the trimmest I have ever been due to my relatively large neck size.
     
  13. FtRoyalty

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    My local Marshalls got in a bunch of PRL custom fit white shirts two weeks ago. They're selling for $35.
     
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  14. bjornb17

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    I have owned both. Here's how my experience with sizing compares:

    JAB Tailored Fit 16-34 roughly is equal in size to CT Slim Fit 16.5 35.

    Basically the JAB tailored fit runs a bit big in the body but sleeves are true to length. CT shirts are a little slimmer in the body but the sleeves tend to run a little short. The CT shirts, though, are generally cut with better proportions and will overall look much better.
     
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    I'm not sure why you think that. I've just been on the TM Lewin site and there are lots of fully fitted shirts which are not non-iron. Two examples are

    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted...pd.html?start=1&cgid=Mens-Fully-Fitted-Shirts

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    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted...pd.html?start=8&cgid=Mens-Fully-Fitted-Shirts
     
  16. Ivar

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    As I wrote, they don't make mention of it on the website. If you review the current roster of fully-fitted shirts, however, you'll notice that not a single one of them is labeled "non-iron," whereas the "slim fit" category is teeming with shirts labeled as such. A bit peculiar, don't you think?

    To compound my argument, I might add that I've owned both "slim fit" and "fully-fitted" twill shirts from T.M. Lewin, and it felt like the "fully-fitted" shirting had a different, somewhat "plastic" hand. It was even more noticeable when wearing the two shirts (my skin apparently reacts badly to chemicals).
     
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  17. deveandepot1

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    I would try the Modern Tailor first timer shirt. With shipping it should come to $30.
     
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    Anyone tried their closing stock sale for $19.99? how is the fabric quality?
     
  19. Bill Dlwgosh

    Bill Dlwgosh Senior member

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    How do you guys keep your cuffs and collars clean on all of these white shirts? I just bought a bottle of Oxyclean and a scrub brush...

    edit: Wow, I tried the oxyclean and brush on a white shirt and it came out really really well, I was surprised, the shirt looks like new all of a sudden. That may not be the best approach on a $300 shirt as I can't imagine that the brush is doing the fabric any favors but for extending the life of a $50 shirt I admit that I was pretty happy with the results.
     
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