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RIP: Need help replacing this blue $70 JCrew casual dress shirt.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    My $70 JCrew shirt has been a workhorse for the last 5 years. This is a casual shirt usually displayed untucked with jeans or cords. I also wore it under sweaters and cardigans. I wore it under sport jackets. The collar was small and soft. Since it wasn't a button down collar, it was just dressy enough to wear a casual knit tie, but it was too casual for dress pants and formal ties. Is there a name for this style of shirt?

    One of the best fitting OTR shirts I've ever bought. It needed no alterations for a 7-8in drop. The torso was very slim and tapered. The sleeves were the same. It was short, and could be worn untucked.

    The elbows finally both disintegrated. I need a replacement, as this shirt is a staple of my wardrobe. Can anyone help me find a replacement?

    Here is a photo of the actual shirt.
    http://i47.tinypic.com/t0goox.jpg

    This is close, but it has buttons on the collar.
    http://tinyurl.com/byy9dem

    The azure colored one here is too denim in color, but has the correct collar.
    This looks a little too casual to dress up. Why?
    http://tinyurl.com/cnk9aja
     
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  2. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Senior member

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    What's wrong with a button-down collar? Seems appropriate for the kind of shirt you describe, and most would say even preferable, especially when worn under a sweater. And you can still wear a casual knit tie with it.
     
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  3. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Senior member

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    By the way... "casual dress shirt" is a bit of an oxymoron. :nodding:
     


  4. mp906

    mp906 Senior member

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    Looks like any of the million "washed cotton" shirts from JCrew, BR, etc. They all make a slim fit one too, although I still have to get the waist taken in.

    Why not just buy another one from JCrew?

    Or take the measurements and have Luxire make you one.

    I also like button down collars on these types of shirts, but its personal preference.
     


  5. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

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    Given that you write that the collar of the J.Crew shirt was "small and soft", and also judging from how its collar looks in the picture, I would guess that it was either unlined (which is a common feature of button-down collars) or featured a very soft interlining (which is common with many Italian collars). So what you're looking for, then, is an unlined or very softly-lined collar. This means pretty much all British shirts are out of consideration, and many department-store brands, too. I would suggest you go M2M.

    As for the shirting. It's hard to tell what cloth your J.Crew shirt is made of, but the standard casual shirtings are the very two you linked to: oxford and (more recently) chambray. Both will look fine with a necktie and sport coat. Don't sweat it.
     
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  7. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Ivar, yes the collar is unlined. Similar to ODCB, but without the button.
    Suggesting to go MTM is unnecessary, as it's way too casual to go MTM.
    The cloth is a hybrid between a thicker casual cotton and a more sheer dress cloth.
    This is what made the shirt so damn versatile. You could dress it up or down.

    Mp, I can't find a replacement at JCrew. That's why I started this thread.
    I might just need to settle for the button down collar, which I HATE wearing with a tie.
     


  8. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    You're asking an impossible question because anyone with a modicum of sanity would immediately tell you that there's no way in hell that that shirt could ever be dressed up.
    If this weren't a Reevolving threak, I would recommend buying something from the casual offerings of Italian RTW shirtsmiths. However, since this is a Reevolving threak, I know that anything made well or made in Italy will be repudiated on the grounds that it is "a waste of money" and a "marketing scam". Unfortunately, that leaves all of us in an ouroboric quandary.
     
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  9. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    To dress it up, it can be worn with a sport coat or with a knit tie.
    To dress it down, it can be worn untucked with jeans.

    My budget is about $70 for an unlined cotton RTW shirt.
     
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  10. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    As an aside, that is a truly wonderful word.


    If only it were also a palindrome...
     


  11. Big Texas

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    It's a little unclear how much Reev's original shirt cost him. I find this very germane to the discussion. Can he please clarify?
     


  12. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Is this forum as active as it was back in 2010 ?

    Bumping this thread for the coming winter season.
    Please post some things you've bought or are considering.
     


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