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Best thickish dress shirts under 50?


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Nov 10, 2019
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Recently I’ve been going through a few of my old dress shirts and they’re starting to come undone and one is even ripped in the back because its so thin, and most dress shirts I see in stores are almost paper thin.

So what exactly are some good but not to expensive dress shirts (Under 50$ hopefully) that should hold up?


Mahatma Jawndi
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Apr 10, 2011
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Fifty dollars is a bit low for a dress shirt, but you could try Land's End, Charles Tyrwhitt, and TM Lewin. They usually have specials that'll get you in the ballpark of $50. You may have to account $20 or so for alterations, depending on your build.

Certain Brooks Brothers shirts can also be had around $75. If you can afford $75, some made-to-measure shirts from Proper Cloth start around $85 and you likely won't need alterations (since it's made to measure). They'll send you swatches if you want to check out a piece of fabric in person. Generally speaking, twills will be thicker than plain weaves (or at least more tightly woven, which will give the appearance of thickness).


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Jun 17, 2019
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I don't generally spend more than $20 on a dress shirt. J Crew Ludlow shirts will sometimes drop below $20, but sell for around $30 all day and the material is quite thick and stiff. I also recently picked up a couple of Rubinacci shirts from Sartoriale for around $29 +shipping that feel pretty thick too, although some of these don't have hand inserted sleeves. You can often find mainline Nordstrom (called John W. Nordstrom?) at Nordstrom Rack for around the $20 mark. None of my shirts have ripped or worn thin and I wear dress shirts almost everyday.

EDIT: Also picked up a couple of made in Italy shirts off Yoox for around the $15 a few days ago. Not huge brand names at that price but the material is pretty substantial.

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