Brooks Brothers shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Silverfox, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Good evening gentlemen, and merry christmas.

    I'm planning on ordering some Brooks Brothers shirts because I've heard good things about them. I was planning on going for one of the promotions like 3 for 200 for pure cotton or 3 for 220 for the non-irone ones. I don't think they'll let me mix and match, so it's either 3 regulars or 3 non-irons. Unfortunately I have no experience with either, so I was hoping for some input.

    I usually stay clear of gimmicky things, but I prefer white shirts with french cuffs and unfortunately this is not available in the pure cotton variety.

    Generally speaking I've found non-iron shirts to be bullshit, so can anyone tell me how the brooks brothers ones are? Do they look as nice as the regular ones when ironed? How about comfort, are they as soft? How's the durability, and what happens to them when the treatment wears off?

    Thank you in advance

    The Silverfox
     
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    I've only had mine for a couple of months, and so far they seem fine. Initially they chafed my neck but after a couple of washes that hasn't been a problem.
     
  3. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    That's the non-iron shirts you're talking about, right? Do you have them with a regular stiff collar, or do you have the soft button-down variety? I was planning on some of each.
     
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    They are "okay." I have 3 of the standard non-iron's and they are great when I forget to do my ironing and need a shirt. However I much prefer the "luxury" shirts as they are loads better.
     
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    the_drizzle Senior member

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    They are great as everyday work shirts and are a pretty good deal when on sale.

    Minimal ironing needed; most of the time they are fine if you hang them right out of the dryer.
     
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    The regular cotton shirts breathe a lot better and are more comfortable. I also found that the BB regular cotton doesn't wrinkle easily.

    The non-iron are fine in that they actually hold their shape, but can feel much warmer and rough on the skin than the regular cotton. The other benefit I've found is the BB non-iron shirts seem to be more resistant to stains. Further, the non-iron shirts seem to be available in more patterns/colors.
     
  7. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Thanks sportin and wolfador, that's very helpful. Breathability and comfort is what I was concerned about, and it's also the reason I'm interested in brooks brothers shirts to begin with as I hear they are very comfortable.

    Wolfador: How do the luxury shirts compare to the pure cotton ones? In what ways are they superior and by how much?
     
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    The discount works on mismatch dress shirts.
     
  9. The Silverfox

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    Looks like they just started their sale now a few hours ago, so the 3 for 200 promotion is ended and they now give 40% off if you buy 4 or more, so I guess I'll be getting 4 instead of 3 then... Probably go with 3 in pure cotton and 1 in non-iron so I'll get at least one with french cuffs and of course so I can see the difference.

    By the way if anyone is familiar with their sizing, I'm 194 cm tall, and will need the 16 1/2 neck with 37 sleeves. Considering my suit size is somewhere between 42long and 44long, which fitting should I get?
     
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    Depends how you normally wear your shirts, but Extra Slim Fit is probably the best way to go - I have a fairly thick/athletic upper body and the Extra Slim Fit still is a tad loose all over.
     
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    I don't like the hand of the non-iron. Very odd feel. The luxury line has very nice fabrics. You may want to check out B&S seller Steve Smith's offerings.
     
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    Do they make ESF without button down collars?
     
  13. The Silverfox

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    How's the hand of the pure cotton line? I'm looking for comfort more than extravagance, so if the pure cotton line stuff in broadcloth is nice and soft enough, it seems a bit much to be paying something like double for the luxury line.

    Come to think of it, I'll switch out the non-iron shirt with one from the luxury line, but how is the pure cotton line broadcloth fabric?

    Regarding fit, I never really measured my shirts this way, but I know at least Turnbull and Asser recommend 6 to 8 inches extra around the chest for ease of movement, so if I'm a 44 around the chest, the 50 or so inches for the slim fit sounds about right. I can live with a few inches too many more easily than I can live with a few inches too few. It could be that extra slim would be better, but it might also not be and with no chance of getting to a BB shop to try them on before the sale expires I'd rather risk having it a tiny bit roomier than needed rather than not roomy enough to move.

    Gyasih:

    If by ESF you mean extra slim fit, I saw a whole bunch of them on their site without button down collars in in all of the product lines, so that shouldn't be a problem. Of course selection seems to be smaller in ESF, so if you also restrict it to non button-downs you might not find any models in your size as some sizes seem to be unavailable.
     
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    The luxury ones feel better to the touch as they are Egyptian cotton, the buttons are better and they don't include a box pleat. Some have darts and some have no pleats.
     
  15. The Silverfox

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    I noticed that the luxury ones were egyption and sea island, and that makes sense, and the buttons being better also seems sensible, but how good is the regular cotton? Are the luxury shirts as the name indicates, a luxury, and the pure cotton ones are nice enough, or are the pure cotton ones too coarse and I'd need to step up to the luxury in order for them to really feel comfortable?

    I feel silly going on about this, but I've never had brooks brothers shirts before, and I've had a bad experience with another brand where I loved everything about the shirts except that the cotton was just too course, which I noticed after having bought a whole bunch and worn them for a while, so I'm trying to avoid that. The real kicker is that everything except for that was exceptionally good, the fit was good and construction was great with non-fused collars and cuffs and all the other little things, the only problem was the cotton quality.

    Box pleats, are you talking about in the back? I have no idea what darts are.
     

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