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Thanks for these observations. This thread is giving me the perfect excuse to buy my first Mercer shirt....The collar of course (not just length but also button placement), the (slightly narrower than others)...the two knife pleats rather than the Brooks pucker at the cuffs...
"Narrower" was referring to the yoke. As to Mercer button placement, all I know is that it is perfection. I honestly can think of no reason to go custom rather than Mercer or to pay more (which, astoundingly, is certainly possible!).Thanks for these observations. This thread is giving me the perfect excuse to buy my first Mercer shirt.
Brooks Brothers is proud of their 'Six pleat shirring' at the cuff. They consider it a unique feature of a BB shirt.
By 'narrower' you mean placing the collar point buttons closer to the middle of the shirt? In fairly recent versions (2 years old) of same-sized OCBDs J. Press collar point buttons are 3.25 inches apart compared to 3.75 inches for a Brooks Brothers shirt. Of course this gives a significantly different look.
Good advice. Some years ago, I picked up two Mercer oxford cloth shirts on eBay for around $40 or so apiece. Interestingly, these had short point collars, not button downs, and they also had French cuffs. Something of a curiosity, since oxford cloth is rarely used for a more formal shirt -- so I couldn't resist!If you are patient, Mercer shirts do pop up on eBay from time to time. I got a blue oxford last week that looked like it had been worn twice. $60-odd bucks with the shipping. Wore it to church last night, along with a matching oxford blue mask
Yes, thank you for informing me. That is the part and I am glad to now know it! They do find themselves above the waist band at times. My size and dimensions could very well be the problem, though the side seam gussets on my Mercers are most definitely higher than BB and Press, for what that is worth. I probably will see if they can lower them on a future order, though I am trying to pare down my shirt collection right now!I think the part you are referring to is the side seam gusset, one on each side of the shirt -- the lowest point where the front and back panels join together at the side seam. This is typically higher than the hem of the shirt, and your concern about the Mercer shirts, if I understand you correctly, is that these side seam gussets are too high, and tend to ride up, and perhaps even ride out of the waistband of the trousers.
There are a couple of factors that might be related to this problem: The length of your torso and where your trouser waist rests on your body. Both of these factors might conceivably be involved in the shirt sides riding up or out of the waistband. Have you talked to the folks at Mercer about this issue? I am sure it can be rectified easily.
How big do you think the rock is we're living under? Tell us something we don't know.The OCBD is probably the most versatile and timeless piece you can own. Now a true classic, it evolved from the Polo Player's uniform to a preppy Ivy League phase, before eventually cementing its place as a true staple in any wardrobe.