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Business shirts and additional tailoring

Cra

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I recently picked up a couple of Van Heuson shirts on sale at Myer - $60 down to $45 each, which for a top end business shirt is excellent value I think.

However, even though it's their "tailored" fit, I'd still like them to fit a bit "closer".

Wondering how you guys feel about getting a tailor to do extra alterations?

One tailor quoted me $30 - this makes the effective price of each shirt perhaps $70, which is probably close to excessive event at the top end.

I wasn't incline to chance a non-shopping mall tailor because I'd be concerned about the quality??

Look forward to your thoughts.
 

Roger Everett

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I generally buy fitted, although because I need a 16 for the neck, they are too long. Local alterations shop shortens them for $14. When I've had to buy a classic fit, to get the certain shirt I wanted, she takes them in on both side to taper at about $18 extra.
 

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I would look for a different brand if I were you. Where do you live? You must be able to find something more fitted than Van Heusen for less than $70, and I bet it will be much higher quality too. You could purchase some really good Polo custom fit shirts right now on sale the ralphlauren.com website for roughly $70. http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/in...s7_dressshirts
 

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What do you mean "top end business shirt"? Van Heusen is going to look fairly bad. Check out deals on Ralph Lauren as someone else mentioned. If you're into a slim-fit shirt at a cheap price, check out H&M and Zara. Much better. I'd steer clear of mall tailors. Go to a real tailor for any work besides sewing on a button in a pinch.
 

saiyar1

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Don't know if you're trolling, but this is not a good price.

You can get van heusen at Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, TJMaxx for $20 or under.

The tailoring cost is too much, I think you can find better. Plus, a dedicated menswear tailor will do better quality work than a mall tailor/cleaners, in general. It may be more expensive though.
 

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Originally Posted by phxlawstudent
I'm going to give OP the benefit.

I would not bother tailoring Van Heussen.


x2
 

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I will not comment on the qiality of Van Heussen shirts. However, going forward (at least for RTW), I'd recommend buying Brooks Brothers or Charles Tyrwhitt and getting them altered. Typically, a good taillor will charge you anywhere around $50 for a shirt, which will include taking the shirt in, shortening the sleeves etc. When you get the buy 3/4 from either, you will pay anywhere from $50 - $70/shirt plus shipping. If you factor in tailoring, you can get a decent shirt for for around $100 - $120. If you choose your sizes correctly, and find a good tailor, you'll have a shirt that's quite close to MTM at a very reasonable price.
 

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The OP is from Aussieland, thus the stupidly overinflated prices. Anyway Van Heusen is very much quite low end. Depending on what size you wear you find better value if you shop around at DFO stores. The similar quality brands like industrie or brookesfield which tend to have slimmer cuts can be had for as low as $25 there.
 

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Originally Posted by phxlawstudent
I'm going to give OP the benefit.

I would not bother tailoring Van Heussen.


X 3
 

patrickBOOTH

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I used to buy Van Huessen shirts when I was a broke middle school kid. Most of them were on sale like every other week for like $20. Buy a real shirt.
 

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They are not great shirts. If they don't fit perfectly, they are also not a good deal. You can get offshore m2m shirts for less then you'll pay for a crappy shirt + tailoring.
 

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