13
Jun

It’s on sale: Brooks Brothers chambray Irish linen sport shirts — The series of pre-Father’s Day sales continues with 30% off all sport shirts today at Brooks Brothers. 

Unfortunately, Brooks Brothers’s sport shirts are too short in the sleeves for me, but for those of you with normal proportions this is a pretty good deal. The shirts have the Brooks Brothers “polo” collar, which is probably my favorite off-the-rack button-down collar out there — yet another reason for me to be jealous of those of you who can fit them. 

Linen shirts are fantastic for the summer, as I’ve said many times, because they just breathe so damned well in the heat. I just picked up a linen shirt from a local shirtmaker in San Francisco (yes, a review is forthcoming) and tried it out this past weekend when the heat hit the low 80s. I was really glad I’d planned ahead for the summer and gotten several made and plan to wear them on my vacation to wine country this weekend. 

What color: blue or white? I have a stubborn dedication toward blue shirts, but I cannot deny that white shirts in the summer do a great job of offsetting one’s tanned complexion, especially when framed by a navy jacket. 

19
Aug
19
Aug

acutestyle:

Rugby is now offering a Made-to-Order shirt service for $150.  The shirts are crafted in the US by the New England Shirt Company.  You may choose from 7 fabrics, 4 collars, and 2 cuffs.  Chest pocket, monogramming, white cuffs, and white collar are also available.  Only two measurements are requested: neck (by the half inch) and sleeve (by the inch).  There is no mention of fit, but I hope they will be slim fitting like the majority of Rugby’s regular offerings.  Once you fill out the online form, a representative will contact you by phone to complete the process.  Hopefully at this point you will give more measurements to ensure a more personal fit.  You should get your new custom shirt in about three weeks.  So what are you waiting for?  Have at it, people.

For $150, I have a hard time imagining it’s worth it. I know my tailor in town charges $150 for a bespoke shirt — and he has a LOT more fabric, collar and cuff choices, too. Everything’s customizable.

For around the same price, you could go with some higher end MTM online stuff. I’d personally go with MyTailor.com, where you can get measured in-person by a traveling tailor. For the price of three shirts from MyTailor, you’d only get two shirts from Rugby — again, with nowhere near the level of options.

I’m all for companies making MTM products and introducing people to it, but there’s always been better deals out there.

18
Aug

Hello. I have a quick question. If I don't plan on wearing a tie, should I use other shirts besides button-down? Thank you and keep up the great blog.

- Asked by filipegomes

You definitely could. I’d just make sure that if you’re going to wear a jacket, then to make sure your collar’s stiff enough to stay up without a tie. I think slouched collars under a jacket look terrible.

05
Apr
nickelcobalt:

(via Red Madras | Shirts | Taylor Stitch)

I really like this shirt, but none of their pre-made shirt sizes fit me (how do they go from 14.5” necks to 16” necks?) and you might as well go MTM at that point.

nickelcobalt:

(via Red Madras | Shirts | Taylor Stitch)

I really like this shirt, but none of their pre-made shirt sizes fit me (how do they go from 14.5” necks to 16” necks?) and you might as well go MTM at that point.

19
Jan

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A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

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