This is indeed very helpful. It was kind-of weird:
I've heard that across many companies they are flimsier from the start and the chemicals they are bathed in to pander to customer laziness reduce drastically the life of the fabric.
They're also a skin-irritant, and might cause cancer. Avoid this - ironing can be therapeutic: I mentioned their slim-fit being great because I, like so many buyers, am extremely lazy on that front.
A slim-fitting shirt off the rack is an excuse for a company to sell less fabric for more money. Were a man to find a reliable alterations tailor who could dart his shirts in at the waist and through the sleeve to exactly how slim he wanted, he wouldn't need the ready-made products and their estimated slimming rates for different sizes.
Alterations really are part of the ready to wear process - we're never exactly a hanger size - and tend to take a small proportion of the total cost maybe the premium the manufacturers are taking for doing it in-house. There are often many more fabrics offered in the non-slim fitting ranges which, for a little DIY, you can wear slim, as the real workmanship, and hence sizing, in a shirt lies in the collar, the shoulder, the chest, and the armhole; the rest is just et cetera as much as you need.
If its helps out the non-iron range are entirely thick twill, with a very soft hand. I don't know the specifics of how they make them non-iron, but they seem to work. I've not yet suffered any irritation, and after a day wearing a suit I'm normally happy enough with their condition to go straight to a bar sans-tie.
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Back to home page. Best fit I can find right off the rack. I have broad shoulders, Kirkland has a size that fits me like a tailored shirt. One drawback to Kirkland shirts is that you have to be a Costco member to buy one…. Costco is too far from me , it does not make sense to buy a membership. Joy October 5, , 2: Scored big at Nordstrom Rack today: Thanks for the great info.
Amy October 5, , 8: Tara September 21, , 8: Amy September 21, , 9: I know, Tara, I agree. When you can find shirts at thrift stores for a buck, new no-iron shirts seem like an outrageous expense.
Maybe you could calculate about how many times your son would wear the shirt and thus how many times it would need to be ironed. Then figure out how much more you would pay for a no-iron shirt. Divide that cost by the number of times you would have to iron, and then decide whether a get-out-of-ironing free card is worth that amount. Michelle August 9, , Just came across your website as I was researching Brooks Bros no-iron shirts for myself but like others was pondering the cost and if it was really worth it.
BTW love your blog and look forward to reading more of it. Amy August 10, , 3: Rick August 1, , Also try Enro non-iron shirts. I also like Jos A. Bank and Charles Tyrwhitt non-irons. All are great quality. I do iron lightly over these non-iron shirts and they look like they have come from the cleaners. Well worth the extra money in my opinion.
Not sure how true that is but Enro makes a great dress shirt. Tony May 5, , My Google search brought up your article so I thought I would comment about my purchase. When I was in the store and looking at the shirts, I noticed the material seemed much thinner than the no iron shirts I had bought from BB awhile back. I asked a couple of emlpoyees if the thickness of the no iron dress shirts had changed or if there were any no iron oxfords available.
I was told the material had not changed and the oxfords had never been offered as no iron. Well, I bought these thinner, no iron dress shirts from BB anyway and got home and looked at the BB shirts hanging in my closet……. It reminds me of the Jos. If anyone knows where to get an Oxford thick wrinkle free shirt, please post here in the comments because these things are hard too find.
Amy May 6, , 6: I am relatively new to the no-iron market, so I was not aware that the thickness of the material had changed. Have you tried Charles Tyrwhitt shirts? Daniel May 12, , Anonymous May 17, , 1: BB does make non-iron oxfords for several years now so the emplyees must be new or not be aware of what we carry. The non-iron oxfords are now called Brookscool, they may not be as thick as the first gen.
They changed the properties to make the shirts more breathable, non-irons shirts tend to keep the heat in because the fibers are closed compared to shirts that are not non iron. Oxfords are a heavier cloth to begin with so combined with the non-iron properties you would be extremely warm in the shirt especially in the warmer months.
That is why they came up with Brookscool. Amjad August 14, , 1: I am a textile engineer and have worked for years in design, development and production of shirting fabric. The stronger the treatments better the smoothness rating…but lesser the comfort, durability and natural cotton-like feel. Also, finer not see through fabrics are much more expensive to produce than those made with coarser threads.
Kunal August 2, , 3: Hi Amjad you seem to be the man with the lantern: I am actually doing a research on Non Iron shirts and was wondering if you could help me with some answers. May I have your email ID please. Amjad August 14, , 2: I am a textile engineer and have worked for almost 14 years in design, development and production of shirting fabric. I can share the crux of my experience in simple words here;. The stronger the treatments better the smoothness rating…but lesser the comfort, durability and natural cotton-like feel….
Rebecca June 4, , I find it interesting that you got a direct response from someone at BB. Many big companies do actually hire people to handle their internet PR. Wonder if it was that or totally coincidental. Wait, did I just type that? Thanks for the post.
Anonymous September 11, , 3: TheGirl March 9, , 5: So I guess its safe to iron a noniron shirt just a bit. MGR January 26, , 2: These shirts are the best non-irons out there, no question. These shirts pay for themselves, yes they are a little expensive but you would pay more sending them out.
As far as bringing shirts back and getting credit for new ones, the return policy has changed and in now 90 days, I would guess because of individuals who would bring back old and used product that they no longer wanted.
But if your shirt truely has a defect or wears out prematurely, I would take it back at my Brooks Brothers store no question. Amy February 3, , 3: Thanks for the information on the average lifespan of a dress shirt.
Still expensive, but a huge savings from retail. Karen January 16, , Amy, I broke down and purchased two Brooks Brothers no-iron shirts for Tom to test them out. Although I choked on the initial price of the shirts, they are fabulous. When I break down the expense of a cheaper dress shirt, the cost of sending it out for pressing and the inconvenience of waiting for it to return-the initial outlay of the more expensive no-iron shirt was well worth it.
Thanks for the tip! Amy January 23, , 8: I totally agree that the no-iron shirts are worth the expense and convenience if you normally send yours out to be pressed. Now you know what kind of shirts to look out for a TJ Maxx and thrift stores. Amy November 7, , 1: Philip West October 17, , 9: It is always safe to keep one non-iron workshirt in your suitcase — you never know when you may spill a coffee or a glass of wine and need to do a quick change.
Danica October 2, , 1: Non iron shirts can provide several advantages for the person especially in saving electric consumption. The quality of the fabric must always be considered when buying this stuff.
This is because there are clothes that easily wears out as time passed by. Michael September 21, , Love the look, love the feel and love the fact that they make plenty of slim fit shirts. You read that right. I cleaned them out. I managed to find a white and blue french cuff as well as a black, blue, and pink barrel cuff.
AND there are always printable coupons that you can combine. All ya gotta do is some homework and you too can buy typically pricey clothing at thrift store prices.
Kelly September 21, , 2: I hate to iron since I had to wear an oxford to high school every day for 4 years , and my husband stinks at it too. In fact when we pulled out our iron to iron some perler beads the kids had all kinds of questions about what it was! Tanya July 25, , 9: So my husband orders his from LL Bean. I think clothes here are more expensive though, so the US price looks good in comparison! Amy July 29, , 3: Ginny June 13, , 9: Consider getting a hand steamer: Works really well and sure beats ironing!
I currently have a Esteam brand which I bought online. You can usually find a variety of steamers in travel stores and catalogues. Lars May 31, , 9: A Brooks Brothers oxford cloth button down in must-iron cotton will outwear a non-iron version probably three to one.
They last over a hundred wearings. Amy June 1, , I often waver between the authentic and the convenient. You make a good argument for the former. Erin May 9, , 4: My husband has been wearing the no-iron Brooks Brothers shirts for about three years.
In our experience, the fabric wears out especially fast because of the chemicals used to make it no-iron. My husband usually gets holes in the elbows of his shirts after 18 months or so.
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