As anyone that has ever ordered a custom shirt knows, there're a wide assortment of features that you can have in a custom shirt. I'm interested in what the group feels are the best features to order, what features to avoid, and how that translates regionally (i.e., does someone in TX get the same features are someone in IL)? For instance:
Fabric: Blend (Yes/No), Fabric (broadcloth, twill, herringbone, etc), Stripes OK?, etc.
Collar/Cuff: Same material and stitch as shirt or different?
Collar: Straight, Spread, Classic, Button Down, Tab, etc
Stitch: Edge or 1/4"
Plackett: None, Center, Covered (should certain uses have different plackett designs)
Fit: Normal, Slim, measured over a T-Shirt, or different shirts for different seasons
Back: Plain, Side, Center, Center Box
Cuff: Buttoned, French, One or Two Buttons, Round, Angled, etc
Pocket: Yes/No, One or Two, Shape (Square, Angled, V, etc)
Monogram: Yes/No, Style (Plain, Bold, Italic, etc), Placement (Cuff, Pocket, Chest, etc)
I live in Metro NYC (I work in Manhattan). I enjoy a variety of fabrics (including stripes) but generally like a 100% Egyptian Cotton (no blends) in a quality twill or broadcloth. If the material is 100% cotton, I also like a tone on tone. My collars and cuffs are the same fabric as the shirt (I think white is OK, but dated). I generally get spread collars for custom shirts but sometimes button-down. I think edge stitching is more refined than 1/4" but you give up some longevity as edge stitching is not as strong, IMO. I think a "no plackett," plain back, and "no pocket" are subtle indications of a custom shirt as store-bought shirts with those combined features are rare. I wear french cuffs occasionally but the vast majority of my shirts are 1 or 2 button (I prefer the latter as it holds the cuff better). Monograms, if I get them, are as plain as possible, relatively small (no higher than 1/4"), and generally on my chest (either "European" on my left side or near where my pocket would be).
I like my shirt cloth the same as my coffee, no blends and no artificials. 100% cotton, 100% silk, no rayon, no polyester. My taste in collars tends toward button downs as I think they look nicer (neater) and hold the tie to the shirt better. I do like pockets and have had monograms on the pockets before, it looks classy. Two button cuffs. Trim or slim fit as I don't have much of anything to hide. I do like a longer shirt so it stays tucked better.
Ugh, what's with the monogram love? I think they're extremely tacky, with rare exceptions that never include shirts.
My taste, not yours.
You know, it's a funny thing about "taste." I've had the fortune (or misfortune) to be around a lot of extremely wealthy and cultured people in my life, and I can say without hesitation that some of their tastes run squarely into my idea of awful. They're wealthier than me (by far), they're certainly more cultured than me, more well-travelled, more educated, etc, etc. So, does that mean that I can say that they have "bad taste." I don't think so. I'd agree with Rick in that it's their taste - not mine.
And to argue that theirs is bad and mine is good would be, well, pompous and arrogant on my part, I'd imagine. Unless I'm looking for a bar fight, in which case to do so by email rather than in person is, I'd imagine, bad taste.
+1 , well said Ken
I simply can't think of a reason to care if someone else gets a monogrammed shirt.
especially such subtle ones
As someone who grew up in a household that eventually had 4 people of the same gender and size, monograms including a first initial are GREAT when you're sorting laundry.
And is there a reason to care that someone else cares that someone else got a monogrammed shirt?
This is going to descend into the usual stupidity rather quickly, I suspect. Coming soon, a remark on how this is all a first world problem, to go with the view implied above that all taste is a matter of arbitrary whim.
As subtle as a cement mixer...
If so, what would be an example of a button you'd use?
I have several shirts that I've had re-buttoned with these.
The 1b. and 2b. are great shirt buttons. They really make a shirt look good.