(While I marvel at some people’s need to avoid civility whilst expressing a different opinion, let’s try the paywall links, marked as such, and if it works then great – many thanks to those who were able to be civil during this process. One of the things that I wanted to do with this site was respect civility at all costs. It is possible to describe and even espouse Ivy values without having been perfect, AND it is also possible to say that you think something different from someone else and to do so with dignity. Anyway – paywall links it is. And click on the images to see them for sale.)
I’ve had $200 WOCBD’s, and I have had $19 ones. The $19 ones are not alternatives, and you HAVE TO at some point save, get a second job, do whatever, and over years acquire a few of the classics (Press, Andover, Mercer, Duck Head). But. Your first car does not need to be a Tesla (although buckle up, pretty soon there will only be Teslas). I dug around and found some suitable WOCBD’s while you are saving.
I used to walk past the Tyrwhitt store in town all the time, and there was always something in the window that made me want to go in, and something in the window that made me not. Their WOCBD though.
We’ve covered the Joseph A. Bank WOCBD before, and I have a number of them. Field tested for years, these shirts are easy care, last, and frame a tie really well.
Target. I know. BUT. The WOCBD is as good a casual shirt as it is a dress shirt, and theirs is an acceptable casual interpretation. Slim fit because they probably don’t know any better, and the collar holds a tie the way my dog types, but at $25 for knocking around on a weekend or even working from home, it is a good start.
Finally, the one that for my $25 is the best in this class, the Van Heusen. In terms of proportion, fit, collar size, spread, button placement, the Van Heusen is the closest simulation. What you are going to notice is the fabric, it is thin. THIN. Still, while you are building up, this is the best aesthetically.