Updated: Making Perfect Shirts Without Spending a Fortune

by EzekielDiet.com
Posted on Feb 05, 2021

Ezekiel Diet Note:  I spent 20 years in the cut-throat corporate environment  wearing suits and ties and competing with the blue-blood, look-the-part dress style. I accumulated a huge pile of classic nice shirts that don’t go out of style that were all cut with long tails designed to be tucked in. I have dozens of name brand dress shirts from that era that still look brand new.

I get tired of constantly tucking shirts back in every time I move, sit, bend or stretch. I dress for comfort in polos and tee shirts. But lately I’ve been forced to upgrade the look some of the time. So I’ve been looking for a few nice no-tuck shirts for jeans, khakis or dress slacks.

I don’t have the ideal off-the-rack shirt body. My shoulders are 5 to 6 inches wider than my waist. Finding a shirt that gives me the shoulder room I need, gives me way too much shirt at the waist.  Occasionally I get lucky and find a shirt cut perfect, but it’s rare.

Recently while at Dillards I’m trying to find the “perfect casual dress no-tuck shirt”. It’s not only a maddening array of size options like regular fit, slim fit, young cut, regular cut, athletic cut that mean nothing, but it’s very expensive.  An XXL slim cut is really a size XL shirt. I see a rack of Ralph Lauren no-tuck shirts for $110 each. I know I have a dozen of them at home with long tuck tails that fit like a bag when not tucked in.

That’s when it occurs to me to just pull a couple dozen high-end, name brand and tailor made classic shirts from my past and have them altered for athletic cut and no tuck tails. Cut the long tuck tails down to the no-tuck style.

Other options would be to find name brand, high-end shirts at Marshal’s, Ross, TJ Max. etc. discount stores at clearance prices and take them to a local tailor.

The fact is that taking in a shirt down the sides (up to $25) and change to no-tuck ($17) will cost up to $40+, but if you already own the shirt and don’t wear it because it doesn’t fit, and they’re custom fit to your body, and easy to wear and look good because they fit; I think it’s worth it.

Update:  Forget everything I posted above

I found what I believe to be the perfect shirt.  I walked up on a rack of button down shirts at Kohl’s selling for $20 to $25 each on sale, that might cause me to take all my other button down  shirts to Good Will.

I bought 3 (black, burgundy, and dark blue pattern) of Kohl’s Apt. 9® Premier Flex Regular-Fit No-Iron Button-Down Shirts linked below.  I can’t believe how comfortable and good they look with jeans, khakis or dress slacks. They flex like a polo and have fused collars and cuffs with no-iron material that looks like a light starched shirt.

Pattern: Men’s Apt. 9® Premier Flex Regular-Fit No-Iron Button-Down Shirt

Solid:  Men’s Apt. 9® No-Iron Regular-Fit Stretch Button-Down Shirt

I was returning an Amazon purchase to Kohl’s when I found these shirts. Kohl’s is a designated drop-off return location for products purchased from Amazon.  Whole Foods is as well.


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