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How Expensive Men's Shirts Fit Vs. Cheap Ones

Are you really getting what you pay for?

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Hi, I'm Kevin. I wear button-down shirts on a regular basis. Because of this, I tend to buy them pretty often. I wanted to find out if the amount I spend on a shirt makes a difference in terms of fit and quality.

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I'm pretty slim overall. I'm 5'8" and I wear a size small shirt and 28" waist jeans/pants.

To test if fit/quality differs based on how much money you spend, I set out to four different retailers and I tried on three different casual shirts at each place.

I used Bloomingdale's as our high-priced store, Topman as our medium-priced store, and Uniqlo and H&M as the low-priced stores.

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First, what I look for in a button-down:

Personally, when shopping, I look at color first. So if a shirt fits into the color scheme I'm currently wearing (darker in the winter, lighter in the summer) then I'll pick it up for further inspection for quality. I don't typically like thinner (think linen) shirts, regardless of the season. Also, I don't ever tuck in my shirts, so I prefer them to fall right below my waist. Finally, I look for price.

* Is this shirt worth it?

* Is spending more than $40 on a shirt going to change my life?

* Is this shirt so amazing that I have to have it?

These are the questions that quickly run through my head when shopping.

Bloomingdale's is a pretty expensive store, and with high price, you expect high quality. Shirts at Bloomingdale's range from as low as $79 all the way up to $498*.

Bloomie's had a lot to choose from in terms of shirts. This was the only store I visited that had a selection of different brands. I asked a sales associate which shirts he tended to recommend to guys, and these were his choices:

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Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

The Burberry Brit shirt was a little thin for my liking. It was soft, but still felt like it lacked substance, if you will. While it fell to a good length below the waist, the sleeves ballooned out and the shirt fell a little too far past my shoulder. Not to mention the expensive-ass price: $295 for a casual shirt?! This definitely wasn't about to change my life.

❄️ I give this shirt a 2/10. ❄️

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Vince's casual shirt fit pretty weirdly. The sleeves were too long, the collar was a bit awkward in terms of how it fell and the sleeves also ballooned out. The $195 price tag didn't really help its case either.

❄️ I gave this shirt a 3/10. ❄️

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Wow. This shirt was amazing. It was by far my favorite at Bloomingdale's. I loved the fit, color, and pretty much everything about it...except one thing: the price!

It's too damn expensive! I can't justify spending $245 on a shirt, no matter how much I like it, even though that pains me. :(

🔥 I give this shirt a 6/10. 🔥

Because of Bloomingdale's reputation for high quality (and high prices), I'd figured the shirts would be more tailored and have a better fit. I was wrong. The three shirts I tried on all felt like they were made to be tucked in (except the Theory one). They fell longer than I normally wear my shirts, and the shoulders were a bit wider.

If you like to wear your clothes a bit more relaxed, then this might be a good place to get your shirts — although I don't think the high prices, considering the fit of the ones I tried on, are justified. If you get shirts from here, you're pretty much buying for a name brand and nothing else.

*I will admit though that I did try on shirts from the higher priced range, despite its website having cheaper options. While Bloomingdales is expensive, it's not always inherently ridiculously priced. I think that if you want to shop at a store like Bloomingdale's you just have to be more proactive with finding sales.

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Topman has mid-priced clothing. Its shirt range from $40 to $190, although you can get some shirts for even cheaper if you catch a sale.

Its shirts are mostly casual, but the store does sell suits and other more formal wear. Topman's shirts are much more trendy, and they have an array of items that fit anyone's style. I like what Topman offers, so going in I hoped that they would have a lot of good options.

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

I really enjoyed the design on this shirt; it's in line with the fit of what I normally wear. The sleeves were a bit baggy, and they fell long. But I will say that this shirt fit great at the shoulders. I liked the weight of the shirt too — it wasn't too heavy and wasn't too light, perfect to layer or wear alone.

Despite everything, though, I felt like $85 is a bit steep for something that looks like it's from H&M.

🙃 I give this shirt a 5/10. 🙃

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

I really, really liked the design of this shirt, especially the color. It felt on trend and in style. The sleeves were perfect and the length was great. The only negative was the wider shoulders, but I can live with that. Also, I wasn't put off by the price.

🔥 I give this shirt a 8/10. 🔥

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

This was my favorite shirt I tried on at Topman. Everything about it was great, including the price. The sleeves fell perfectly, it fit great in the shoulders, and while the color scheme is pretty regular, everyone needs a good black button-down. Because of that versatility and a very reasonable price, this one gets a big thumbs-up!

🔥🔥🔥 I give this shirt a 10/10. 🔥🔥🔥

Overall, I really liked the selection and quality of Topman's shirts. They were all on trend and, for the most part, looked great. While the prices were slightly high, I think that for what you get in terms of quality, it's a justified trade-off.

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Uniqlo is synonymous with affordable but stylish clothing. Its shirts range from $20-$40. The Japanese brand is known for its slick and tailored cuts, though the shirts fit more tightly than all the other stores. All of the shirts I tried on were also reasonably priced and, for the most part, on trend and stylish. It's pretty easy to walk into the store and either completely revamp your wardrobe for the season or grab a new outfit for a night out or special event. Overall, I was pleased with the selection of shirts and their fits.

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

This denim shirt fit perfectly. It fell great at the wrist, the shoulders were comfortable, the midsection was fitted and not too baggy. The only downsides were the horrible white stitching, which I thought was ugly, and the random dedicated pen/pencil slip on the left chest pocket. I don't think it's necessary to have a dedicated space for a pen, so that was a fail. Other than that, the quality of the denim was great too; it was substantial but not too heavy.

🙃 I give this shirt a 5/10. 🙃

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

This shirt had a funky design, which I think would be great for a night out or a special event. The fit in the shoulders and midsection was perfect. But the sleeves were baggy, and the shirt fell a little lower than I liked. With that said, the button-down collar was a nice surprise and would come in handy if you wanted to dress this up even more with a tie. The price was completely affordable.

🔥 I give this shirt a 7/10. 🔥

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The final shirt I tried on at Uniqlo was pretty problematic... It was made from a thinner material — think a thicker linen — and the sleeves were baggy and fell pretty low. The color scheme wasn't bad, though.

❄️ I give this shirt a 3/10. ❄️

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H&M is easy. Its shirts range from $9.99 to $50. The brand is constantly coming out with new items so you can change your look for less. I felt like the shirts all fit great, I liked the designs, and they were comfortable. But, unlike the more expensive shirts, the quality wasn't close. I missed the thickness of the Theory shirt from Bloomingdale's — that's something I couldn't find at H&M. Also, based on my experience with H&M shirts, they usually have a shorter shelf life — maybe one to two seasons, then you have to donate them because they've shrunk, don't fit, or are out of style.

Despite that, I still like the store, its options, and its affordable prices!

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

The first shirt I tried on at H&M was this pretty boring plaid shirt. Despite the design being lackluster, the fit was pretty decent. The sleeves were a bit baggy, though, and I didn't like the absence of a pocket. I also didn't like how it cinched around the stomach. It was weird because it gave the impression that I have a belly, even though I don't. Maybe this was because I had just eaten lunch or the way I was standing, and not the shirt's fault, but I'm still left wondering...

❄️ I give this shirt a 4/10. ❄️

Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

This was my favorite shirt I tried on at H&M. The color, design, and fit were all on point and I almost bought it after I was done trying it on. Once you factor in the totally affordable price, this was a perfect shirt.

🔥🔥🔥 I give this shirt a 10/10. 🔥🔥🔥

The final shirt I tried on at H&M had a fun design. The associates who saw me trying on the shirt commented that they really liked it on me. The enthusiasm doesn't really come across in this photo, but I did like this shirt. Designs like this are great for going out, but despite that, the fit was a bit wonky. The shoulders were wider than I like them to be, and the sleeves were baggy. I did like how the shirt fell at the waist, though.

🙃I give this shirt a 6/10. 🙃

Overall, I fell like the more you spend on a shirt does not have an effect on how you look.

I will admit that because of my slim figure (lol) each brand is not going to fit me perfectly. Many of the stores and brands have their on generalized fit. For example, Topman and Uniqlo are known for their more slimmer fits, which definitely explains why they fit my body better.

Despite this, I do think that the expensive shirts, while nice in quality, didn't make me feel any different. If you have expendable income, I think you're better off buying a more moderately priced shirt instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a single shirt. With that said, Bloomingdale's did have some really nice options, but the store certainly caters to a specific type of customer; I don't necessarily fit into that category of customer. I just want something that fits well and makes me look good. Stores like H&M and Uniqlo are great for the average person, and Topman is a good place to go for more "splurge" items.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that even if a shirt you find and love at a particular store doesn't fit the way you want it to, you can always go to a local tailor for a better, more specific fit. It'll probably be much cheaper and more satisfying than spending anywhere near $300 for a designer brand name.

🙏🔑🙏🔑🙏🔑🙏

*Oh yeah, I know it looks like someone stole all my joy away; it was a rough morning. 🙃

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