When we tested Amazon’s new clothing line for men, most of the items were in line with our expectations.
One, however, stood out high and tall above the rest, a shining beacon of affordable menswear calling all weary travellers to port. One of Amazon’s new brands, Buttoned Down, sells a dress shirt for $US40. Yes, $US40 dollars. I know!
So, considering that price point, it’s hard to expect much from Buttoned Down’s range of shirts. But they definitely deliver, offering a wide range of collar styles and fits so that you can pick the one you’re actually looking for.
Let’s just say this up front: Buttoned Down’s shirts are not amazing. They’re probably not even the best deal on dress shirts out there.
What the shirts are is a good quality for $US40, with free shipping provided both ways from Amazon. The slim fits aren’t the slimmest you’ll find, but they will get you most of the way there.
I always dread putting on dress shirts. I worry that the fabric will feel stiff and uncomfortable, and I won’t be able to wait to take it off.
Not so with this shirt — it was comfortable from the moment I put it on. I certainly know a cheap shirt when I feel it, and this didn’t feel cheap. The Amazon listing says it’s made with Supima cotton, and I don’t doubt it.
The fit was slim, but not constricting. It was more traditional, but I also loved the way it looked on me.
The fabric has a subtle weave in it, but don’t mistake me. It’s as plain a shirt as can be. Sometimes, though, that’s really all you want in a shirt, and you can pair it with a nonstandard tie for personality.
Buttoned Down offers three different fits ranging from standard to slim, as well as a ton of different collar styles for whatever need you may have.
But for $US40, it’s an extremely hard price-to-quality ratio to beat.