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What Dress Shirt Should I Buy?

Aqil

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Hi all,

My old dress shirts are worn out and I want to buy new ones. This time I want them to be of higher quality so that they last longer.

I want a white standard conservative business formal dress shirt, with point collar and barrel cuffs; nothing fancy. Apparently, removable collar stays are advisable. Should the collar be fused or not? What else do I need to consider before making the purchase?

The dress shirts I saw in retail in the UK today seems to have rather soft and narrow collars. Is this a fad to be avoided or am I watching too old movies? If I had to choice between classy and fashionable, I'd pick class any day. What does the president wear? His collar doesn't seem to be as flimsy as the ones I see in the shops, or is it?

Where in the UK or online can I buy reasonably priced dress shirts?

 

Billy Banter

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Hi Aqil,

Inexpensive as they are, I’d avoid the shirts in your link. They look good in a picture, may look good for a few washes, but that’s it. And frankly, avoid all the others that seem to have a permanent sale.

Admittedly more than twice the price of the shirts in your link but value for money, try Harvie & Hudson, http://www.harvieandhudson.com/ - 3 or more shirts at 49.50 pounds each. This weekend they have a special offer of free delivery worldwide – as does the company in your link - and the order must be for 150 pounds or more, maybe Mr Harvie will be kind if you only want 3 shirts. They offer a choice of sleeve length, and their collars have removable stiffeners – yes, a must.

Their collars are "lightly fused" according to them, although I personally find them too stiff, much prefer unfused collars. I’ve had many different shirts from Jermyn Street, from the low priced always on sale - none are worth the money - to Hilditch & Key, New & Lingwood etc. My H&H are lasting well, at least 3 years old, some fraying on the cuffs but not serious.

You could also try Stephan Shirts in Fulham, http://www.stephanshirts.co.uk/ - 80 pounds for 3 which is approx $44 per shirt. I've not been able to buy any of their shirts - the owner informed me, rather curtly by email, they won't sell to South Africa, where I live.

Mixed reports about them, but their prices are excellent - almost suspiciously so - and some swear by them. No idea what fabrics they use, possibly Acorn for some, and they don’t show any shirts on their website which is not very useful but I gather they have a lot of satisfied customers. I like their collar construction which seems unfused, and which I discovered only by an internet search, examples posted by adherents. When I'm next in London I'll pop in and buy a few - suppose I'll have to disguise my accent!

I’m sure your president has his shirts made for him.
 

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