I was discussing with my husband last night that while I have finally figured out which shoes are high quality and I’m comfortable investing in them, and I’ve managed to get the hang of purchasing dress pants that do not unravel and fall apart, shirts are a difficulty. I prefer soft knits in bright colors, which unfortunately pill or stretch over time. For button downs, I have a problem that they shrink and the arms eventually become too short.
My husband suggested buying a shirt from every store at the mall to determine which ones hold up best. I am interested in this, but I am turning to you all for some general suggestions as to what to look for in materials, or what manufacturers you know just aren’t trying very hard these days (Ann Taylor Loft, I am looking at you). For example, I know that New York and Company tops only hold up for a year or so, and I would like something more durable. So far, only my dry-clean only tops last, because they don’t get a lot of wearing. I also feel that cottons do not hold up very well over time, but maybe I’m just trying the wrong stores.
So where do you shop and what do you buy?