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$30 vs $300 Men's Dress Shirt - How To Spot Quality Shirts & Avoid Crap- Gentleman's Gazette

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Luka T (16 days ago)
I have a problem: I am small and I just can’t find french cuff shirts my size. I need size 34, everything bigger is too big. But in mu country, you can’t buy french cuff shirts my size.
Freedom Talk Media (1 month ago)
Any time I've bought a shirt, they are in a package and you can't look at any of that. I guess they are cheap shirts. I'm guessing 90% of dress shirts sold are under $50. What brought me here though is that the fabric on the pointy parts of my shirts tends to wear off and show white underneath. That's not good.
(Original Mix) (1 month ago)
This channel is full of ways to increase your spending, but lacking for efficiency, frugal tips. It's not always worth it to spend hundreds.
Shawn Hawkins (2 months ago)
I have ample experience sewing, all self taught, and i just started my own tailoring business. I would like to correspond with you about things i should do to give my customers the best bespoke shirt possible.
Rover Coupe (2 months ago)
Sven, please don't say c**p. This word is not the sort of word used by a gentleman. Instead just tell the viewer how a product is of poor quality - the buttons fall off, the sleeves are not on straight.. That sort of thing. M.
bobbyfischer13 (3 months ago)
So what are some shirt brand recommendations to look out for, or buy second hand? I need new dress shirts for work!
Coyote Eats (4 months ago)
You r so awesome
MNB (4 months ago)
For all gents looking for quality shirts, this man has no idea about fabric industry.
martin goyles (4 months ago)
If he is the father, who is the son?
Michael smith (4 months ago)
You made a subscriber out of me. Good videos.
Gentleman's Gazette (4 months ago)
We appreciate the support!
Steve Smekar (4 months ago)
It is actually the slope in shoulder that will eventually be problematic and should be corrected.
Eric Hong (4 months ago)
you should really also recommend a few (unsponsored) brands within those price ranges so we dont have to go around being like "hey, i just licked the Calvin Klein button, let me lick the Ralph Lauren one next!".
Brian Pedurand (4 months ago)
ETON!!!!
mgelliott1 (5 months ago)
You forgot to say that the hole should match the button. In other words, when buttoned, does the shirt lay flat, or bunch up (because you had to move the button up or down to the hole.
Owain Lloyd Davies (5 months ago)
I enjoyed the content, but is it just me or does the video feel like he(or someone else) has filmed a computer screen using a tripod? Otherwise great video
Ofri Mashiah (5 months ago)
genuine snob
Max K (5 months ago)
I don't get the logic. If I go to a premium clothes store and see a £100 shirt why should I try and do all these things to verify, it means that world famous brands are lying and passing off cheap goods as premium quality.
Gentleman's Gazette (5 months ago)
They are not lying. They say this shirt costs that much and we think it is premium. It is. It legally defined. You as the customer decide whether it is worth it to you or not.
pdude1911 (5 months ago)
Any shirt over 100 euro's is too expensive for me.. great video though
Josh Strohman (5 months ago)
What does this man do for a living? Like how does he afford $300 shirts?
dirigibledeplomo (5 months ago)
"here from the gentleman's gazette, so you don't buy shit" *jazz music starts playing*
MaltLiquor45 (5 months ago)
i'm not paying more than 25 bucks a shirt.
timomonochrom (5 months ago)
High price != good quality. Seriously there are so expensive designer shirts with 💩 quality.
r n (5 months ago)
Dieser Kanal ist ein wahres Youtube-Juwel. Gruß aus Bremen
Steve W (5 months ago)
If it takes this much education to tell a premium from a cheaper shirt, that to me means that lower end shirts are doing a good job overall. Most men I know wouldn’t know the difference. What do you think? Great video. What I find useful is that if I choose to buy some high end shirts I’m not going to spend 200+ and get ripped off, because now I know what to look for. I just wondered what you thought in relation to when it’s best to go budget and when its best to spend up, assuming you can’t afford to spend up on every item? Might be a good topic if you’ve not already covered it.
S G (3 months ago)
Steve W unfortunately what it comes down to is details. Some small ones you can pass on, some are more important. Buttons, small stitching details you can live without. But the fabric matching seems and the quality of the cut... That's what really matters. And of course the fabric itself...you can't fake that. And that's where I notice cheaper clothing begins to die, they don't age well, the get destroyed by the wash and look terrible in due time. I've boughten many dress shirts. From $30 Old navy shirts to $300 Tom Ford Dress shirts. My honest humble opinion, if you can... Spend a little more and get yourself a decent shirt around the $80 mark, I find that to be a sweet spot for quality and craftsmen ship. If your going to spend up and when. I'd say a few shirts in your wardrobe should be top quality, as an example... A crisp white shirt is a staple in every man's arsenal. He should own one for whatever the occasion. Rather it be a Interview, a professional meeting, a formal event or a wedding. If you can only afford $30ish dollar shirts, this white one should be your $80 shirt. If you can afford $80 shirts this special white one can be justified with say a $220 Eton shirt
J M (5 months ago)
Fantastic.. always great information delivered!!!🥂🍾
Smooth (6 months ago)
$10 vs $30 shirts it's more realistic..!
freewaydeath (6 months ago)
Damn only one of my shirts is split in the back.
FatSamEIE (6 months ago)
In the Uk I like Turnbull & Asser for high end shirts and Charles Tyhrwitt or M&S for cheap ones.
Point one, Point two (6 months ago)
Are you a) swedish, b) italian or c) german? Sven, Raphael, Schneider.
Quang Vinh Phạm (6 months ago)
In Viet Nam with 25$ - 50$ you will have the high quality shirt custom made for you with whatever detail you want. By the way good video. I really like your channel.
Adam Sebring (6 months ago)
Who makes the shirt you have the close up of at 1:42? Is that the same one on the mannequin throughout most of the video? (My computer screen is doing strange things to that pattern from a distance). I would love to have a shirt exactly like that if possible.
c4rt00n82 (6 months ago)
i got to tell it, in Rome there are a lot of independent tailors who create a quality bespoke shirts from 70 euros to 100. Sure if you want a shirt made by hugo boss or armani price is more higher. Personally, i don't need to spend a lot of money for 1 shirt, with 400-500 euros tailors can create bespoke suits in Rome with a high quality. Anyway i found your channel really interesting for video and style advice. Keep it up
Ed Jones (6 months ago)
I'm that weird guy licking shirt buttons at the Jos. A Bank.
Jimson brown (6 months ago)
As I'm watching this I'm wearing t shirt, painters pants and socks, all from Walmart. I'll never own a $1000 suit, yet I find this very interesting.
bigmac (6 months ago)
Scchhuuuurt.
john dev james (6 months ago)
Please speak more clearly
tysin777 (6 months ago)
Enjoyed every minute! I will be looking out for some good threads.. though i dont think I'll be the guy licking the buttons! Hahahaha! Cheers!
Enigma of the Absolute (7 months ago)
I own some high quality shirts but I have to say that for everyday wear Charles Tyrwhitt's shirts are fantastic value, especially the promotional offers. Far superior to many more expensive department store shirts I have bought.
viksra (7 months ago)
Please don't go licking buttons at the store or putting them in your mouth!! it is gross...
rmcdaniel423 (7 months ago)
If you take care of yourself, pay attention to style, pay attention to fit, do a little minor tailoring here and there when needed, and portray yourself with confidence and decent posture . . . then you can make a simple ready to wear shirt look great and get compliments. I nearly choked with laughter once, when I was in a shop that had $90 shirts. $300?? You gotta be kidding me. At that point you are just hemorrhaging money for details that nobody will see or care about. I love your channel and will keep watching to slowly improve my very modest wardrobe. But please, remember that there are mere middle class mortals out here as well.
Expendable84 (7 months ago)
I watched this video wearing a $15 dress shirt...
Logan Cavanaugh (7 months ago)
You best be wearing that shirt everyday until you die, expensive ass shirt.
wrizm212 (7 months ago)
This guy looks like G-Eazy
Ryan Nelson (8 months ago)
Any recommendations to resources for someone interesting in making their own shirts? In my mind, once a person has made a pattern that suited them well, creating articles of clothing with different materials should be fairly easy, correct? Or is that oversimplified?
Rahul G (8 months ago)
Most dress shirts are made for obese men. It’s hard to a find a fitted dress shirt.
Don Corleone (8 months ago)
$300 ? Pah! Im not a peasant!
Jollopukki2 (8 months ago)
I purchase all dress shirts for 10-20 usd and they are absolutely awesome !)
schwarzwald death (8 months ago)
Bless you
Ab C. Def (8 months ago)
If you need to click a shirt's buttons against your teeth in order to perceive that it's technically better, then nobody around you notices or cares, and it probably isn't worth the extra $300.
Yusf A (9 months ago)
Pro tip: bring alcohol wipes before leaving to the store to lick buttons
Muhammad Ali (9 months ago)
Unless you hang around millionaires, Imho $50-80 dollar shirt is just a sweet spot.
Soldier ofYHVH (9 months ago)
Marilyn Mason meets Don Knots and gives advice on men's apparel?
Jeff Sol (9 months ago)
damn that Bespoke shirt is the cost of my suit!
ravencraft (10 months ago)
That moment when you check all your shirts after watching this video and realize they all suck and you overpaid cause you were uneducated and let the store clerks decide for you. Ouch.
PetarGavrailov (10 months ago)
Awesome videos! Very informative and interesting. Why is the wall behind you moving?
Rex Maverick (10 months ago)
I got about 10 shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt and their shirts go for about $120 a pop. They are now low end shirts at all.
J.B. Beverley (10 months ago)
Best quote ever: "You may be the weird guy licking buttons at the store, but at least you know that you have a quality shirt!" 😂
Hugh Rogers (10 months ago)
I appreciate details, as it's required in my work. But the details you're paying for here mean jack. I don't spend a lot of money on shirts, but there are inexpensive ones that have good fabric and cut, drape really well, feel and look good through our tropical summers, and last a few years. I'm not going to pay for things only I can see and feel superior about.
Drew Arod (11 months ago)
It is almost like watching a very interesting movie, when I see someone taking their time explaining to one person or many persons about what they are passionate about what they really know. To me this is a salesman's salesman. He is someone that you would not have to keep your guard up when looking for clothes that are the very best for you. Many people are no longer aware that quality makes quality and the right clothes actually make you feel like you can do anything. I took someone (skateboarder) who had never worn any shirt but logo tees. I had my Taylor in Italy hand make him ( after an exact fitting) a white silk shirt and the first time he put it on he was speechless. He just kept shaking his head. He had no idea what real quality felt like on him. He actually won't let his mother wash that shirt. He waits and takes it to a cleaners, and not a cheap one. Thank you for the video.
George Coe (11 months ago)
I find the snare drum throughout the video very distracting to an otherwise great video with superb content. The intro sax is also very annoying. Please something more soothing.
Ben Le (11 months ago)
Do you know where we can find a shirt with an old fashioned point collar, with points that are like 3 to 4 inches long? All point collars I see today are like 1 to 2 inches long
sub222marathon (11 months ago)
Just got kicked out of a Brooks Brothers store. Thanks.
Rev. James C (3 months ago)
What if you were to buy a decent quality shirt and have mother of pearl buttons sewn on by your local seamstress?
plane lord 7 (1 year ago)
Can u please do the same with polos 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Commando303X (1 year ago)
If you're spending hundreds of dollars on a dress shirt, you probably have a poor sense of spending.
Steve Marcello Arce (1 year ago)
👍🏽
SharkAcademy (1 year ago)
I got a $110 dollar shirt and a week later I had an grease stain on it. It happens to all my shirts. I don't think I can do expensive shirts.
endautrestermes (1 year ago)
This series is by far one of the most useful and comprehensive on youtube. I had to laugh on "you may be the weird guy licking at buttins at the store but at least you know it's a quality shirt" though :)
huberfloover (1 year ago)
Outstanding video!
GoAway LeaveMeAlone (1 year ago)
But I like $30 shirts, because they're affordable and indicate that I'm not a pretentious soulless asshole. It's all good.
Thegotoguy (1 year ago)
are Brooks Brothers a decent brand?
quinta juan (8 months ago)
they are ..
Kalindu Dissanayake (1 year ago)
this is the first non-academic youtube video that I took down notes of. Thanks a lot !
Kalindu Dissanayake (1 year ago)
very good video. but you didn't mention anything about the fabric
Quadro2k (1 year ago)
"So you don't buy crap" Love it.
Aleksandr O (1 year ago)
this video doesn't make any sense if you are not tought to love "slight irregularity in stitching in bh", just nonsense .....
Ricardo8388 (1 year ago)
I am wearing a 30 $ shirt and I can move the fabric in the collar apart from each other. GG suit guy. Btw if you want a good quality cheap shirt. The store you should visit is the Weekend. But their pants are truly shite.
Luana Vasco (1 year ago)
Do you work with consultancy? I would need an appointment.
Miroslav Averchenko (1 year ago)
50 bucks is low end? Then I don't know what my 3 dollar shirts are, according to this. Charity, most probably.
Scott Arend (1 year ago)
Great info - hard to see some of the examples because of low quality photos and lighting.
Thomas Salley (1 year ago)
If ANYONE pays $300. for a dress shirt, not only are they a fool, but they are also self-centered, narcissistic...well, you know.
Edward Eberbach (8 months ago)
Self centered or simply aware of their image and appreciative of quality?
AmyX (1 year ago)
Why is double needle stitching worse than single? I just bought a shirt with the shoulder seams double stitched (double top stitched?), I liked it. I thought it was a style choice.
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Because of the different materials of thread and fabric, the area between the double needle stitches will wrinkle heavily after a few washes. Thus, single-needle stitches are of higher quality as it doesn't ruin the shirt.
Shaheer Ahmed (1 year ago)
I got a shirt from Hang ten for $25, the actual retail for that bad boy was $60 and it approves 4 of your methods but have plastic buttons so does that mean I'm wearing a quality shirt?
Prashant Khanolkar (1 year ago)
This video made complete sense and I will remember to appreciate all the fine details and workmanship that went into making the quality shirts that i have. As far as brands go I found incredible value in the Hart Schaffner Marx Brand shirts that Dillards sells, also Lacoste has incredible quality in casual mens shirts. The Bugatchi brand is just OK but has great designs.
David Harden (1 year ago)
If you have to lick the buttons in a store, that says enough about what you do not know about fine business attire. If you go to Neiman Marcus or Standly Korshack, you are buying the best made shirts available. If you walk into Macy's or Dillards, no need to lick buttons because you are buying shit. Tom Ford and Charvet, doesn't make crap.
Keef (28 days ago)
David Harden actually if you go into Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London then you're getting the very best made shirts in the world....
MrSkylaat (1 year ago)
That "crème de la crème" prononciation made so obvious that you come from West Europe ! I appreciated though
The0to1smell (1 year ago)
look if you have a athletic body you can wear a 15 dollar shirt from Ross and look better than this guy licking bottons..sorry man but you look like Paul bearer..
Rachdanon X (1 year ago)
Like 1 in 1000 will notice these details.
Bob Mob (1 year ago)
Love the technical details.
adam pelletier (1 year ago)
why is everything shaking and moving
kendus01 (1 year ago)
I'm licking buttons! 😂😊
Richie Malhotra (1 year ago)
What matters is hardwork and your brains. There's no end to spending. $300 for a short is sheer waste of money for regular people.
RehsNahk (1 year ago)
i didn't know G eazy quit his rapping career to teach us about style.
King Maimar (1 year ago)
I'm sorry but who is going to be looking at your stitching of the shirt?
2394locke (1 year ago)
Excellent!
Agentxphile (1 year ago)
For a video so detailed on shirts, I was surprised that your shirt cuffs were creased, ewwwww. Come now, properly ironed shirt cuffs need to be perfectly circular. seeing that iron crease is the cringe, not normally, but on a gent like you doing a video like this. Tighten up those shirt cuffs for the shirt vid :)
berotor (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video, always very informative. I would also suggest to check the seams at the bottom of the armhole, close to the armpit: in bespoke shirts and (very) high quality shirts, the sleeve under seam DOESN'T match the side seam of the body of the shirt. That indicates a much complex contruction of the shirts, in which the sleeves are set and sewn (usually by hand) only after the body has been finished, so that the sleeves fall in a more natural position and follow beautifully the arm movements. In medium and low quality shirts (let say the 99% of the shirts in the market), the sleeve under seam runs uninterruptedly, from the wrist, through the armpit, to the hip. That's because it's sewn AFTER the armhole seam is completed. That indicates a much easier construction, resulting in a flat shirt. Lately, many shirt makers try to imitate high quality shirts adding a lot of features usually found on them, like mother of pearl buttons, high density stitches, and sometimes even hand made details (i.e. the superficiality), but they cannot replicate an hand stitched armhole, it's just to complicated and time consuming.
BoredThatsWhy (1 year ago)
46,760 people out of 7.5 billion now knows what kind of shirt I am wearing...
David W (1 year ago)
Your videos are spot on, not necessarily aiming for people that want to be a dandy, but someone to be successful and well groomed. When I retired from the Air Force and went into insurance sales, people automatically presumed I was the boss as I had 30 suits custom made for me and dressed to the nines, and kept my wardrobe updated as time passed.
LJ86 Johnson (1 year ago)
I stumbled upon your Channel which i have found very interesting and informative. After watching this video, for the first time, I felt compelled to comment and would be interested to hear your thoughts. May I ask, are you differentiating in quality between what you describe verbally in your video as 'Low End' and what you describe within the video title as 'crap'? Or are these 2 categories one and the same? I'll precede my next statement by saying I don't own any shirts above £50 (around $65) so i'm not speaking with any experience with regard to a comparison in quality when it comes to high-end. What caught my eye particularly was that the shirt you went with exhibiting for 'low-end' was a Charles Tyrwhitt. After trying a few reputable Shirt Manufacturers (and with my restricted budget) I now exclusively wear this brand for my work shirts. Firstly, although they would be classified as 'off the rack', they offer a great level of customisation. This includes 3 substantially different cuts (the super-slim fits me perfectly), plus 3 types of collar, single & double cuff, and 7 different arm lengths (or specified arm length at only £9). Plus - anything above a 36" arm automatically has an extra inch or so added to the shirts overall length so you don't have to worry about it untucking at the waist. This provides thousands of combinations to choose from. They also have an extensive array of fabrics, offering more than 30+ types of white shirt alone in a variety of weaves. Whilst I cant speak of a M2M £300+ bespoke shirt, I can say that all of my C.T shirts have shown excellent finish and durability. The stitching has about 8 stitches per cm, has never snagged or pulled, the neatness of the hem around the cuff-link eyelets (I wear French Cuff) is floorless, and the pattern matching across all panels on my striped or check shirts is impeccable. Add to this the fact these shirts are worn weekly, washed just as frequently and still iron well, have crisp collars and colours don't fade, and I really think C.T offers an excellent shirt when you consider cost. They nearly always have a sale, so I can't recall paying more than £25 for a C.T shirt. One of the main things which caused me to move to them was that after wearing my first C.T shirt to the office, I instantly noticed a sharp rise in compliments on my appearance. I believe this is largely down to how well their cut fits my silhouette. Anyway, I've harked on about how much i rate C.T for the money. Do you agree with any of my points, or do you think i'm way off the mark and that C.T should be avoided at all costs?
Osceola Seminole (4 months ago)
I wish he would have answered your questions.
Bosh Zordof (1 year ago)
$200 is mid range? Fuck me

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