Best/Worst Bang for the Buck

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  1. blazingazn

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    best: Naked & Famous
     


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    Best: Uniqlo .. when they come to Aus [​IMG] Worst: Probably not the worst but.. any of those surfwear brands .. Billabong etc.. because everyone loves surf culture ...nowhere near surf...
    Worst: Retail, or even 30% off of retail Best: eBay or B&S
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    worst: spending gas money and your precious time to go to an outlet mall miles outside the city only to find "outlet only" products, discards from 5 seasons ago, and a depressing shopping experience making you think "is this what I have become?"
     


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    no brand cuts shirts like BOO does (ie, super-slim/cropped) in a simple aesthetic w/ relatively good fabric

    find me one and i will concede that BOO is overpriced


    Anything at half the price + $10 to your tailor.
     


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    This is really unfair to most brands...H&M, Uniqulo, J. Crew, etc. all source their clothing from different vendors which means that you have to make this evaluation on a piece by piece basis. There is no one brand better than the next. I have an organic cotton bomber from H&M that I paid $30 for and has astounding quality and detail but I wouldn't touch anything else from their shirts line. Same goes for the 'Crew. I suppose the most consistency I have found was in Uniqlo.
     


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    in regards to h&m

    best: underwear, denim
    worst: everything else


    I've found no-show socks that I've liked, and there was this one winter scarf I found years ago.

    This is really unfair to most brands...H&M, Uniqulo, J. Crew, etc. all source their clothing from different vendors which means that you have to make this evaluation on a piece by piece basis. There is no one brand better than the next. I have an organic cotton bomber from H&M that I paid $30 for and has astounding quality and detail but I wouldn't touch anything else from their shirts line. Same goes for the 'Crew. I suppose the most consistency I have found was in Uniqlo.

    But yeah, this. The button-up shirts in particular are terrible. The armholes are cut so low you can't even tailor them into a decent fit, and the collars get all warped after the first wash or so.
     


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    This thread turned out to be way less naughty than expected. I was hoping for bewbs and everything. or shotguns (get it?)
     


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    Anything at half the price + $10 to your tailor.

    what is this magic brand that turns into BOO w/ just one $10 alteration

    and before you say JC, i've owned JC shirts in the past - fabric is terrible, cut is mall-generous, and what's more, they steal patterns from the likes of W+H
     


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    Best: Muji, Brooks Brothers MiUSA OCBDs, Levi's denim, Red Wing.

    Worst: JCrew at full retail.

    I don't think designer/fashion brands should be part of the discussion. You're not paying for the qualities that go into "bang for the buck," but rather for style, which isn't really quantifiable in $$.
     


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    what is this magic brand that turns into BOO w/ just one $10 alteration

    and before you say JC, i've owned JC shirts in the past - fabric is terrible, cut is mall-generous, and what's more, they steal patterns from the likes of W+H


    I think what he means is that you spend ~$10 and have a shirt hemmed on the bottom to achieve a more cropped look. You can do this with ... say... Gitman. Granted, Gitman shirts are like ~$130-$150. Still cheaper than the ~$200+ BoO.
     


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    Best: Alden.

    Worst: Banana/Jcrew. It's as if they purposely make their clothes fall apart within a year, so you'll rebuy it next season...

    ...actually, it's GENIUS!
     


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    I think what he means is that you spend ~$10 and have a shirt hemmed on the bottom to achieve a more cropped look. You can do this with ... say... Gitman. Granted, Gitman shirts are like ~$130-$150. Still cheaper than the ~$200+ BoO.

    Or Gant
     


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    I think what he means is that you spend ~$10 and have a shirt hemmed on the bottom to achieve a more cropped look. You can do this with ... say... Gitman. Granted, Gitman shirts are like ~$130-$150. Still cheaper than the ~$200+ BoO.

    Yeah, you need a decent base to start from, since there's not much you can do about the pattern, the fabric, or the construction of the seams you're not going to alter. You also need the shirt to fit in the shoulders and have reasonably high-cut armholes if you want to end up with a decently slim fit.

    You'd need up to five alterations - tapered body, slimmed sleeves, cropped hem, and back darts x 2 - to get all of the details, and you need a tailor who's not going to mess it all up. I'd say you can easily drop another $20 - $30 on the alterations, definitely more if you're going to an expensive tailor.

    I'd say the best bang for the buck for button-up/button-down shirts is going MTM.
     


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    I think what he means is that you spend ~$10 and have a shirt hemmed on the bottom to achieve a more cropped look. You can do this with ... say... Gitman. Granted, Gitman shirts are like ~$130-$150. Still cheaper than the ~$200+ BoO.

    Yep, Gitman shirts are great quality but they're only about $50 cheaper than BOO. Plus, like you said, they run a little longer. Also, another thing - BOO has some pretty good patterns/designs. Yeah, the schoolboy aesthetic might not be for everyone, but I happen to actually like it

    I think J. Crew have some of the most overpriced shirts. You're overpaying for what is basically a knock-off of better brands:

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