You may notice that for this WOCBD review I am not posting pictures of myself. There are two reasons. First, I hate pictures of myself. But more importantly, any random shot you have seen of me in the last few years, including my profile shot on the site, has me in a JAB WOCBD. And it isn’t because I like them.
It is because they photograph really well. And that is because they are cardboard. Affordable cardboard, which makes them an entry level proposition.
I think about the environment. I would have profiled 4Ocean here, except that their PR department is … haughty? Once or twice a week I throw something out, and I wonder how long it will be in that form on the earth. Motor oil. Styrofoam. Etc. This stuff ain’t compost. And neither is the JAB WOCBD. 1,000 years from now, hopefully somewhere floating in space, will be the oil from my Volvo, the Styrofoam that is illegal to use in New York yet almost every egg is in it, and my old JAB WOCBD’s. And they will be discovered by aliens, and the aliens will laugh at the oil because, really, humans had to know when you burn stuff it gets in the air. They will laugh at the Styrofoam because the name is funny and trying to pick up crumbs of broken Styrofoam is like trying to pick up mercury. But they will, with their big heads and small green bodies, try on my JAB WOCBD and say, nonverbally because telepathy, they will say nonverbally, “I wouldn’t wanna wear this after my third promotion, but to start out a career, you could do worse.”
I am being rough on the Banks effort, but that is because they are putting it way out there. This is the pop up that appears when you log in on the site, and that, front and center, that somebody went to the trouble to design and write a little html around, dear reader, is an OCBD.
Right off the bat, you get the idea that the Banks folks are, how do you say it in English, learning?, about the whole ocbd thing. Stripes on stripes is not for your first year, all blue is definitely a rookie mistake. But to their credit, they are going hard in the paint. Here, look at this earnest young man.
So okay, you want a seat at the table of WOCBD’s. Here is what JAB gets right. The collar, frames the tie well. It rolls near perfect. Now, it never changes roll because it doesn’t move, and these are wash and wear, but if you are going to freeze into a position, this is the right one. I ain’t low profile on the subject, and no one out of the thousands of people who have seen me in JAB WOCBD’s has called me out on it. So credit where credit is due, this is a good shirt to be photographed in.
Which is why, because glass half full people, the JAB WOCBD is probably the best entry level WOCBD on the market. It won’t wrinkle (the same way concrete doesn’t wrinkle) so if you want to look put together, it will not disappoint. The collar, button placement, all serviceable.
The shirt retails for around $50. Do not pay that. Wait. When it goes on sale, you can get one for $20. Which means, if you are just starting out and living perhaps at home and prefer to hit your parents up for bigger things, like a “supplemental allowance based on future profits” – if you can scrape $100 together, you can have a week’s cycle.
The traditional fit has room.
A word on these shirts to the positive. Not everyone who reads this site has $179 or even $139 to drop on a shirt. For more people than we care to admit, that is grocery money. And I do a lot of talking about the classics are for everyone, but that can’t mean only if you have a couple hundred laying around. This is a perfectly acceptable shirt, and it will last. It is value. I am gonna go back to the stiff-shirts-are-for-stiffs jokes in a second, but really, if you want to make a wardrobe and you are not yet made of money (you will be, don’t worry), buy some shirts here.
Here is the shirt with a tie that costs more than triple the shirt:
Closing arguments. If you are hardcore Ivy and over 30, this ain’t your shirt. If you are building, and the money goes for groceries and rent, this shirt can be your jam. It won’t move with you. Literally, you will move, it will stay still. BUT. Damn if I didn’t get 30 emails asking what shirt this was.
That said, JAB, if you want into the real OCBD market, and it appears you do, here:
- For the love of all that needs ironing, I get you want this to be easy peasy but it has at least got to blow a little in the wind. Think bread, not crackers.
- Traditional fit does not mean a literal square.
- Why go to the trouble of making an all cotton shirt if… you can’t feel the cotton? Lighten up on the chemicals. The shirt, and the wearer, need to breathe.
You’re welcome – JB