Summer shirts - suggestions?

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  1. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Hey all, I just glanced through my closet and realized that 95% of my shirts are long-sleeved dress shirts, long-sleeved crew-necks, or sweaters. I'd appreciate some suggestions for summer shirts. Keep in mind that I'm a student, so I prefer things with a fashionable look, yet I tend to dress a bit better than the rest of the students here. I usually wear a size M, sometimes a small. I like shirts with a fitted look. What I have now that I still like: - three Lacoste polos; white, tan, navy - Two RL polos; blue and black - Short-sleeve, button down linen shirt in brick red - T-shirt from Express that is red (soft and thin) with an orange vintage-inspired design on the chest As you can see, it's not much. I am beginning to really like the short-sleeved t-shirts with vintage-inspired designs. Not the fake-vintage shirts from A&F and stuff, more along the lines of Jet and those brands. Anyone have any suggestions? Oh, by the way, check out www.yokod.com for some really cool t's. This is the style I am looking for, except I haven't found a single place that carries them.
     


  2. Brian SD

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    I don't have any advice to add, but wow to those Yoko Devareaux shirts. Where did you find out about this label? I like nearly all of their shirts very much. Also, did you consider creating your own shirts? It's rather expensive to get them professionally silkscreened but a nicely done t-shirt will be unique and personalized. I made this design using "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" painting and a bit of photoshop and illustrator, and had a friend of mine silkscreen it. I get asked nearly every time I wear it where I got it from. http://s93992232.onlinehome.us/art/g...esign_full.jpg Pardon the minimalistic T-Shirt sketch, it was just conceptual to desmonstrate where the print would go and the size proportion it should be.
     


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    T4phage Senior member

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    My suggestions would be some linen fitted shirts, in solids and stripes (not horrible plaids).
    For some really neat summer shirts, try Etro - be careful though because their patterns can become too much pretty quickly.
     


  4. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Being that I live in California, I like to wear linen or cotton camp shirts and Hawaiian shirts when the temperature rises. However, if you are going to wear Hawaiian shirts, exercise GREAT care. Probably only 1 pattern out of a hundred is wearable.
     


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    Nick M Senior member

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    Huh. I thought I was the first one to think of that. We'd better not end up at the same party in the same shirt, Brian, it'll be so embarassing...
     


  6. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Brian - that is an awesome shirt. I love that painting as well. To answer your question about Yoko D, one of their shirts was in a Details spread a few months back. Unfortunately, I've never seen their shirts on ebay, and I don't want to spend $50+ on the shirts without trying them on (if it is possible to order from the site). They have a few stores in major cities. However, if you check the site, there is a section about a 'travelling store'. Basically, it hits a bunch of cities in the US, and the store only stays open for a month. Kind of a novel idea.

    Oh, and the funniest Yoko D shirt is the plain white one with the italic scroll writing that says "This is not a Dolce & Gabbana".
     


  7. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I love Etro's designs and own one of their L/S shirts I got for a good price, however, I've yet to see it on sale. Know of any stores in the Chicago area that carry Etro? Would Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, or Barney's carry it?
     


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    Anyone have any suggestions on where to find fitted linen shirts?  I'd like to get a few linen shirts for summer but all the ones I've seen lately have been oversized and ridiculously baggy.

    VersaceMan - The NM on Michigan Avenue carries Etro on the second floor. I think Barney's might have Etro as well.
     


  9. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Excellent, thank you. I guess I'll try those places again - last time I was in NM I felt pretty shunned so I just left after a quick browse. Do you know if Etro ever makes it to end-of-season clearance at those stores?
     


  10. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    You might want to try guayaberas. I also like madras plaid shirts as done by Polo and (sometimes) J Crew, although some might consider that a "horrible" plaid. Of course, it's something of a prep look.

    I have a white linen Burma Bibas I like.
     


  11. Brian SD

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    I made this design using "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" painting and a bit of photoshop and illustrator, and had a friend of mine silkscreen it.
    Huh. I thought I was the first one to think of that. We'd better not end up at the same party in the same shirt, Brian, it'll be so embarassing...
    Hahaha. Funny thing, when we took it into the store to get the screen made for it, the guy said, "Man this looks familiar," and right up behind him there was a big poster of the painting. Apparently one of his clients several years ago had the same idea as well [​IMG] It's really a great painting, and is good for shirts particularly because it is only in 3 or 4 colors... Very ink or stain-glass looking. As far as the locals go, I'm the only one sporting a Hokusai T-Shirt, though [​IMG]
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Very cool. How much does a custom screen print cost? Say in just one color for example.
     


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    i like short sleeved dress shirts (if they can be called that). i have three guayaberas that i wear when it gets really hot. (yet another) one of my pet peeves is seeing white guys wearing guayaberas with jeans and torn up sneakers. a guayabera is a dress shirt for very warm climates. they go very well with linen dress pants, for example. if you wish to wear one please save the levi's for another day. i know i'm always saying that there's no need to follow any rules, but at least here in l.a., the 'casual guayabera' look has been done to death.
     


  14. Brian SD

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    A custom screen print costs between $30 - 45 to get the screen. This is fairly steep for a single shirt, but of course it is designed for someone who is going to use the screen more than once, so if your intent is to sell, then it pays off quickly.

    Then you need someone with a machine (I don't remember what it's called) that can press the screen onto the shirt. I believe they're about $100, or you can probably get it done by the same company that made you the screen. In my case I didn't have to pay because I have a friend with that mechanism.

    And if you get a plain T-Shirt from American Apparel, which appears to be the standard for blank T-Shirts (made in L.A.), add another $15 unless you're buying in bulk, when you can get a much cheaper wholesale price.

    For me, the whole endeavor cost $55, but like I said, the more shirts you get made, the cheaper the cost per shirt.
     


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