Lessons from Jermyn St.

Jermyn Street, London.

Jermyn Street in London is home to some of the world’s most well-known shirt makers including the likes of Hilditch & KeyTurnbull & Asser, and various others. Many, if not most, of these shirtmakers offer ready-to-wear, in addition to offering bespoke tailoring for shirts. While much can be said for the benefits of having a bespoke shirt made – you can pick the finest of details and it will fit far better than a RTW one – the prices on Jermyn Street can be exorbitant. Depending on where you shop, you can pay as much as £198 for one. That in my opinion, is far too much for a shirt. Unless one is very particular about fabrics and the finer points of shirts, I see very little value to be found in spending that much on a shirt.

For those just starting to build a wardrobe retailers like TM Lewin and Hawes & Curtis are the shops to visit. Both shops offer a fantastic deal through which you can purchase 4 shirts for $160. And at TM Lewin you can also purchase 3 ties for $108. For those on the slimmer side, TM Lewin offers slim fit shirts that are well tailored and come with a Windsor (or cutaway) collar; they also have a decent selection of shirts in 14.5″ collar which are typically hard(er) to find. The most important thing when picking a shirt is the fit. You may be better of browsing some stores or paying more to find something that fits you well.

For those more sartorially inclined, TM Lewin also offers nice mother-of-pearl collar stays for £25; their most important feature is that unlike plastic collar stays that come with shirts, these won’t bend – just don’t lose them.

TM Lewin also offers a great little video on how to match ties and shirts: