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Charles Tyrwhitt 3 for $99 Dress Shirts

Panama

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How do you have a 31 inch sleeve? I am 35 and I am normal lol...
 

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I wear a 31 sleeve with 15.5 collar size. Should I purchase the 31 sleeve ( $15 customization) with 15.5 collar, or would you guys recommend going with a 16 collar and 32 sleeve and wash at least once in hot water to shrink the shirt? I intend to dry clean. ( not buying wrinkle free shirts).
I would go with the true collar size, since I haven’t noticed any real shrinkage. The 31 inch custom sleeve might be a good call. If you’re talking shrinkage after owning the shirts for years, maybe they’ll eventually snug down.

I think the non-treated shirts would have more shrinkage.
 

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I’ve been wearing the non-iron twill shirts for many years. They are perfect for business travel. The twill weave is key for me though. The poplin and other weaves I haven’t found to be worth it.
 

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They do not shrink a significant amount, in my experience
 

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For the money, I've found CT shirts to be about the best bargain out there. I don't order from them very much anymore because I've basically moved on to custom from My Tailor. For me the customized fit improvement is worth the extra money. But for $30-50, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better business shirt than CT. I got married in a CT shirt.
Yes I went the custom shirt route a few years back, and while I also appreciated the better fit, spending $100+ on white dress shirts didn't make a whole lot of sense for me. They are essentially consumables and need to be replaced every few years.

Plus, the tailor I used was a traveling tailor from Hong Kong who visited my office. He makes great suits but his shirts are always somewhat hit-or-miss. A few batches fit me perfectly, a few were too "European" fitting and were unwearable after some normal shrinkage. Eventually, cuffs fray (hastened by metal watch bracelets), elbows rip, collar stays wear holes in the points, the neck stains get more and more stubborn -- and it's time to donate them. White dress shirts don't age well.

Hence, why I decided to go back to buying office grind shirts on the cheap, but still wanting an upgrade from Jos A Bank (which served its purpose very well). The CT shirts seem to fit that bill nicely.
 

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