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    Shirts

    I've always bought Charles Tyrwhitt shirts because I liked the fit, quality and the c£25 mark suited me just fine for work. I've recently noticed the quality has dropped though so was wondering whether anyone could recommend an alternative?

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    A friend of mine was remarking (with a little embarrassment) that he buys his work shirts from next, he can afford pretty much what he wants but he said they were hard to beat.


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    SOme of the Jermyn st brands are just a rip off.

    Lewin are absolute cr** - after 2 washes they are mush. Collars .......................Sigh!!

    M&S are sh*** - they used to be good. Don't get me going on the others.

    Main st stores are just low quality and that Quality just seems to have taken a dive recntly

    I would dearly appreciate some recommendations.

    I buy say 5 every 2 months.... most I just throw away

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    Get yourself to Slaters ?

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    Thomas Pink for me. But more expensive, but they can be had cheaper from outlets

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    Gant for me.

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    M&S Luxury French Cuff range are excellent.
    £45 each..or £60 for two.
    Great value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz01 View Post
    I've always bought Charles Tyrwhitt shirts because I liked the fit, quality and the c£25 mark suited me just fine for work. I've recently noticed the quality has dropped though so was wondering whether anyone could recommend an alternative?
    Agreed, I've always got the double cuffs and they now seem to all split around the elbow?

    Watching this thread with interest for suggestions.

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    I am, or shall I say was, a Charles Tyrwhitt fan and order about 6 a year, mainly casual ones now a days. I have noticed that the quality seems to be dropping and Charles Tyrwhitt did say in a FT interview that costs rocketed after the EU referendum and that he was struggling to maintain quality whilst selling at the mail order sweet spot of £25.00.

    Nearly every shirt is on special offer for around £25.00 and I suspect that the moment the price hits £30.00, sales will go down. I think Tyrwhitt made the mistake of devaluing his brand by having a permanent sale going on all the time.

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    Uniqlo shirts are good quality and reasonably priced I have always found

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    Ive got loads of shirts from the likes of T&A, N&L, H&K and although excellent they are expensive.

    That said I have a few M&S Luxury range shirts and find them to be super quality, well made and excellent value for money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwellwd View Post
    Uniqlo shirts are good quality and reasonably priced I have always found

    I would second this - their oxfords fit well and represent good value for money.

    If I was forced to choosing out of CT, Lewin and Hawes and Curtis iíd Probably go for the latter.

    I do have a few shirts from pink that have lasted around 4 years now and still hold up well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy! View Post
    Agreed, I've always got the double cuffs and they now seem to all split around the elbow?

    Watching this thread with interest for suggestions.
    Same here. They also tweaked the shape of the slim fit so itís not nearasdammit perfect on me either.


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    Started using Luxire and iTailor to get made to measure shirts as they cost no more and fit far better than the tat the High Street now churns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeney View Post
    Started using Luxire and iTailor to get made to measure shirts as they cost no more and fit far better than the tat the High Street now churns out.
    What's the quality like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeney View Post
    Started using Luxire and iTailor to get made to measure shirts as they cost no more and fit far better than the tat the High Street now churns out.
    That sounds interesting, I'll take a look at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtagrant View Post
    Thomas Pink for me. But more expensive, but they can be had cheaper from outlets
    Thomas Pink relaunched the brand late in 2018, Gone more upmarket shirts now start at £130 and they closed all the outlets.

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    See they've not been mentioned, perhaps too downmarket, but Saville Row shirts by mail order are more than good enough for this lackie. I have tried a few others (Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt) but find SR quality and consistency on fit is spot on. No messing around with returns and they last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtagrant View Post
    Thomas Pink for me. But more expensive, but they can be had cheaper from outlets
    I like the fit of Thomas Pink shirts but I really don't think the quality of them is very good. Their collars seem to wear through at an alarming rate and need replacing far more frequently than Charles Tyrwhitt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Genta View Post
    I like the fit of Thomas Pink shirts but I really don't think the quality of them is very good. Their collars seem to wear through at an alarming rate and need replacing far more frequently than Charles Tyrwhitt.
    Have worn T. Pink shirts for twenty years and try to pick up the UK made ones in the outlet here in Kildare. However I believe all the outlets have now closed as LVMH didn't like the concept of them, I got 2 before they shut.

    Am now reading this thread with interest, I have looked on the Budd website but prices are a special occasion only. Disappointed to hear the CT shirts are not as good as they used to be.

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    I had a few CT shirts and they didnít last long - just seemed to wear through really quickly. Since then Iíve bought from M&S - think itís their autograph range. Good quality, last well and the slim fit is good (for me). Mostly bought white ones and they do go a little off-white after a while.
    Thatís about the right price for me as Iíd rather buy and wear and then replace as opposed to trying to make them last for ages.
    But, always interested in other options, especially if there is a range of colours.

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    Imho, best bang for buck are Ralph Lauren shirts from tk maxx. They're £40-£50 in most cases and wear very well

    They have more formal types as well as button down and casual types.

    I used to buy Thomas pink. One season I bought every single colour of a linen shirt they had. Must say the shirt looked great when starched and ironed. Lots of compliments. But awful quality. Every single one ripped below the under arm. This was not because of poor fitting. They were just awful quality. I believe they were £89 full price and -30% in the sale.

    I wanted to complain because of the consistency of the flaw but couldn't be bothered

    I haven't been back since.

    TM Lewin. Tried once. Never again

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    I do find the luxury range at CT Shirts better than the standard ones, they last longer, but agree the standard ones are not great.

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    M&S Luxury range are great. More upmarket try Turnbull & Asser or Harvie Hudson

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    Eterna from their own website
    Excellent quality for £40-£50

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    Interested to hear recommendations here. I'll be in need of an injection of shirts soon and I've used CT in recent years. I've not had any problems with their plain white, blue and pink shirts. The quality at TM Lewin seemed to drop sharply a few years back. I've also had Pink shirts, but never felt that the quality matched the extra cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny View Post
    Thomas Pink relaunched the brand late in 2018, Gone more upmarket shirts now start at £130 and they closed all the outlets.
    Didnít know that, so glad I stocked up a while back :)
    I think I still have around 5 unopened along with 10 or more in Ďrotationí (well, this is a watch forum)

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    I normally buy my shirts from Brook Taverner. I think the quality has dropped a little in the last couple of years, but the shirts are holding up really well. The designs can be a bit suspect at times but like them for the fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8_M8 View Post
    I think the quality has dropped a little in the last couple of years..................
    Seems to be a theme on this thread and I quite agree......actually on most things (don't get me started on underwear!). I've had CT, Lewin and PINK shirts. I tend to find Pink lovely but just too pricey for everyday use. I find the TM Lewin Non-Iron range (not usually in the bulk-buy deals) are still of a good quality and they seem to last me for ages (can't understand what some of you are doing on your shirts to go through them in a few months??).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stowaJLCfan View Post
    Have worn T. Pink shirts for twenty years and try to pick up the UK made ones in the outlet here in Kildare. However I believe all the outlets have now closed as LVMH didn't like the concept of them, I got 2 before they shut.

    Am now reading this thread with interest, I have looked on the Budd website but prices are a special occasion only. Disappointed to hear the CT shirts are not as good as they used to be.
    I used to buy Thomas Pink dress shirts years ago when they were made in Ireland but i thought they were all made in the far East these days??

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    I used to buy Thomas Pink dress shirts years ago when they were made in Ireland but i thought they were all made in the far East these days??
    Last two I bought were made in the Far East alright, The majority were all made in Ireland when they opened a shop in Dublin (Dawson Street) in the mid 90's, I still have one of the last irish made one's in sea island cotton but I would say that all stopped under LVMH control.

    Had a look on the Budd website last night, still expensive but a lot less than Turnbull and Asser.

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    do some of the premium brands like Turnbull, harvie etc make their own or do they come out of a factory. I had some bespoke ones done by Johnathan Gill in Mcr but at £100 a pop I cant afford a cupboardful

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    Anyone for Eton?

    Iíve been wearing them daily for 10 years and theyíre fantastic in terms of quality, comfort and longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stowaJLCfan View Post
    Last two I bought were made in the Far East alright, The majority were all made in Ireland when they opened a shop in Dublin (Dawson Street) in the mid 90's, I still have one of the last irish made one's in sea island cotton but I would say that all stopped under LVMH control.

    Had a look on the Budd website last night, still expensive but a lot less than Turnbull and Asser.
    The Irish made ones i had were top quality and fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie3585 View Post
    Anyone for Eton?

    Iíve been wearing them daily for 10 years and theyíre fantastic in terms of quality, comfort and longevity.
    I've got one but only worn it a couple of times. One of my favourites is Polo Ralph Lauren.
    I must point out they aren't work shirts as my job is on a factory shop floor and we wear polo shirts with company logo

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    Being fairly close to Yorkís designer outlet Iíve tried loads of brands. My favourite shirts by a long way are Brooks Brothers, they wash well, keep their shape and are a great fit. Theyíre American sized so quite long which helps me at 6í1 and theyíre about the only brand I can fit nicely into a medium.

    Ralph Lauren shirts are good for a while but seem to shorten after a few washes.

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    Every mine adidas t-shirt is smelly after 2hrs wearing...diesnt happens with other t-shirts
    Any recommendation for good budget quality t-shirt?

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    Hawes and Curtis for me - some stunning designs, particularly if you donít wear a tie to work and like a high collar. Unfortunately, the Glasgow stores closed and I now need to travel to Edinburgh if I want to try them on. My wife also has some lovely shirts from here as well.

    https://www.hawesandcurtis.co.uk

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    I'm buying Uniqlo Oxford shirts, and very impressive too. Can't go wrong for £19.90😁

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    This thread motivated me to buy 4 more from Hawes and Curtis.

    Using the code APPLE15 will get you 15% off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTM84 View Post
    This thread motivated me to buy 4 more from Hawes and Curtis.

    Using the code APPLE15 will get you 15% off.
    Just bought 1 to try using this code and it worked a treat. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie3585 View Post
    Anyone for Eton?

    Iíve been wearing them daily for 10 years and theyíre fantastic in terms of quality, comfort and longevity.
    They do look nice but at £100+ a pop a bit too rich for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz01 View Post
    Just bought 1 to try using this code and it worked a treat. Thanks!
    No problem!

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    Another vote for Brooks Brothers, especially if you happen to be in the States (even better if they have a sale on..). I usually do a mail order and have it sent to the hotel in advance.

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    WH Taylor.

    Coles (not Kenneth Cole)

    (on eBay)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristolian View Post
    Coles (not Kenneth Cole)

    (on eBay)
    I found those recently as well - proper Jermyn St shirts from before the rot set in. I realise that most of them have closed down but does this mean there are still some shirt factories in Northern Ireland?
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristolian View Post
    WH Taylor.

    Coles (not Kenneth Cole)

    (on eBay)
    Thank you.

    I used to buy Coles shirts, but since they disappeared, have been buying CT. Time to go back.

    (I even 'blogged about them back in 2006, but haven't seen them for years. Weird. Just checked the Wayback Machine, and the Coles Shirtmakers 'site seems to have died in 2007.)
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    good.. i have used promo codes for purchase any shirts and clothes its very helpful for me..

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    Usually Bivolino for dress shirts and Craghoppers for casual shirts. Otherwise, M&S and the occasional impulse purchase elsewhere.

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