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Great Value In A Casual Shirt

Reviewing: Old Navy Plaid Casual / Dress Shirt  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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Since losing so much weight, hubby is back to needing men’s small shirts. It’s hard to find any at all, let alone attractive ones. But he’s very happy with this plaid one from Old Navy.

This is a 100% cotton shirt, with woven plaid in blue, green and white. It is made in Indonesia, and carries the Old Navy brand logo.

For an inexpensive shirt it is very well made. It has a front band with 7 buttons, and one extra. The top and bottom buttonholes are horizontal. The top one in the collar band is normal, but it is a bit odd to have the bottom one horizontal. I think it is to keep the bottom button more secure for those who have tummies that have, well, expanded a bit.

The pocket corners have triangular reinforcement stitching, not just backstitching. It has one chest pocket.

The side seams are flat-felled (with a feed stitch... so if they do start to come out, they will deteriorate quickly). Sleeve seams are overstitched.

The collar band and sleeve plackets are lined with a light blue fabric for a sporty look. The sleeve plackets are also decorative with a wide facing and button. All top-stitching is white.

I used to make all his shirts, and I’ve looked at a lot of garments in my lifetime. I have to say that I am impressed with the quality of this shirt as compared to its price. This won’t fall apart after 3 or 4 washings.

You could wear this with jeans and a tie for a sport/dressy look, but the collar is very soft and would be best without a tie.

He has washed the shirt and the colors are fast (wash in cold water). He chose to hang it on a hanger to dry and it is a bit wrinkly. I don’t know if these could be eliminated by using the dryer, and he doesn’t want me to find out. If you wanted to look really sharp, you might have to iron it. The feel of the fabric is crisp but not stiff.

His one complaint is that it is a full-cut body, so the sides are a little baggier than he would like. Other than that he is very happy. What else could you want from a $7 shirt?