Are you like me? Do you put on a collared, button down shirt 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year?
If you’re a working male, then probably! I was tired of ridiculously large dress shirts with too much extra fabric, to such an outrageous extent that your shirt sometimes knocks over things in my apartment. And I decided that I spent enough time in a dress shirt that it was time to do something about it. And so I did some research. And I want you to benefit from it.
Joseph A Banks. I love JBanks, for some things. You can get sportscoats and suits from JBanks for a reasonable price (jump in during one of their 70% off sales). If you’re getting married, or looking to buy three suits for the price of one, I highly recommend it. But I can’t stand their shirts, even though they’re reasonably priced. The slim fit shirts are huge, and I don’t even know who buys the non-slim fit.
Brooks Brothers. You can’t go wrong with a Brooks Brothers slim fit, non-iron, but you can’t go all that right either. These shirts are a little more flattering than JBanks, and they do a great job with the non-iron part as you just have to throw them in the dryer. But for some unknown reason, my friends and I often find ourselves going through the sleeves in these shirts way too early. For the price, I don’t think they are quite worth it.
Charles Tywrhitt. I think these shirts are the hidden gem of the shirt world, and yet no one seems to know about them, and I have no idea why. One guess is that the name is just too difficult to pronounce. If you buy them at the right time, you can get four dress shirts for $200, or $50 a shirt. The non-iron shirts are pretty decent, and the slim or tailored fit shirts fit very nicely, if I do say so myself.
Nordstrom. Nordstrom has a great brand of EasyCare shirts you can get for about $50 a shirt. They are difficult to come by, for some reason, but they are great shirts and are a great fit.
Ledbury. I love these shirts. They’re expensive and they aren’t non-iron, but they are worth it. These shirts typically run about $115 – $135. If you catch them during a sale, or take advantage of their refer-a-friend discount, then you can get them for under $100, but they are still never going to be cheap. But you just can’t beat the fit! Buy these when you want to splurge.
And finally, where do you go to get these shirts? I always go online. Ledbury, Charles Tywrhitt, and Banana Republic have great shipping and return policies, which I love. Others, charge a little bit for shipping, in which case I’d be more inclined to go to the store.
So there you have it. I spend more time in dress shirts than in any other type of clothing, so I want to look good but don’t want to spend too much money either.