How many shirts do you own?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by madaboutshirt, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. arnathor

    arnathor Senior member

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    I counted approximately 28 shirts.
    I personally think OCBD, Cutaway & English spread collared shirts are what would make up my 'life uniform'
    I'd like to keep it to white, blue, pastel pink & lavender, candy stripe, tasteful bengal stripe, hairline.

    This is what my attainable (realistic) shirting styles would look like:

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    Were I to say Fuk it all:
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  2. addedfuel

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    Just counted 36 (include 8 I haven't worn) except 2 button down, 2 small collar shirt, they all extreme cutaway or spread collar. All MTM because of my thick wide shoulders and short arms. I went on a spree this past year acquiring 9 shirts but I want to reduce them to ~25 shirts.
     


  3. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    arnathor, the first guy you linked in you post could benefit from a substantially taller collar. I would recommend the same for you, if you are built that way, assuming that isn't actually you in the photo.
     


  4. velvel87

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    Around 50 and I constantly wait till my clean laundry pile of dress shirts builds up to around 30 shirts and then I have to stand for hours ironing. Gets so tiring after hour number two.
     


  5. arnathor

    arnathor Senior member

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    That's me. So, do tell me more, I've always wondered about how tall collars ought to be, and what should one look for when it comes to that.
     


  6. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    You have a lot of neck showing, so I would recommend experimenting with increasing the height of the collar band and getting slightly longer points on the collar. Everybody seems to say that here, but for you I think it would actually work quite well. I couldn't tell you what measurements work for you, but take a look at the "whnay.'s good taste thread" mostly the earlier posts, and also look at the posts in the "hall of fame WAYWRN pre-2010" thread to get some ideas.

    I don't know if you have shirts made or are buying off the rack. If off the rack, it can be hard to come by a good shirt with a nice tall collar and good length points, depending on your budget.
     
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  7. arnathor

    arnathor Senior member

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    Points taken, I have an interest in getting more custom shirts made. I guess the thing that confuses me still is how much neck out to be covered? Is there a ratio?
     


  8. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    I think it's best to measure it by how much shirt shows above your jacket collar. Look in a mirror to see the back. You could stand to show up to and inch and a half, I'd say. Maybe if your collar band was, say, 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch taller it would be better, but what you show is good. This is nitpicking, but you may prefer it if you try.
     


  9. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    20 years ago I worked in Bond Street in Diamonds, and sold to kings, Queens, Sheikhs and other Royalty.
    I studied gemmology at London University.

    If I buy a diamond I still get it trade price, and it's one area where I DO know what I'm doing.

    Thanks for tip off though:you weren't to know it was my life specialist field:)
     


  10. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    If they are all MTM presumably they all fit well:why would you want to trim your collection now as they will wear out anyway sooner or later?

    It's up to you, of course, but I only get rid of worn out bespoke shirts or rtw shirts that I'm sick off.
    I wouldn't ditch a bespoke shirt..

    Your choice of course:)
     


  11. arnathor

    arnathor Senior member

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    Thanks Nine for the p(b)ro-tip!
     


  12. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    Cutaway collar, blue color, that's what most of my shirts already look like!!!
     


  13. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    I don't know what you do, but if you're an executive and your time is money, I'd recommend having them hand laundered and pressed:)
     


  14. arnathor

    arnathor Senior member

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    Its the gentleman's life uniform, it is a no-brainer.
     


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    Thanks. My time is money (management consulting) but I'm not exactly an executive yet. I'd rather wait for a few free hours to take care of it than shell out $50 to have them cleaned. It's also my "me" time, but it gets overwhelming after a while.
     


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