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Why Are Designer Shirts So Expensive?


In this day and age, fashion is at its peak. Everyone wants to look as stylish and attractive as they possibly can, at any expense. Considering the public’s incredible fashion craze, top dress shirt designer brands such as Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren and Brooks brothers have created exquisite and high quality dress shirts to cater to the fashion needs of modern men.

In addition, these designs with their incredible creativity and expertise have taken dress shirts to a whole new level of style. Dress shirts are no longer something that’s just worn for work or so. Modern untucked designer shirts are ideal for every occasion (office wear, dinners, hangouts, concerts etc). It offers the best of both worlds. Its overall shape and design gives a formal look, while its untucked feature exhibits a casual style. However, if you’re not a fan of hanging your shirt outside, fret not; these are designed to be worn “tucked in” as well. In short, they are multi-purpose!

That being said, designer brand dress shirts are way more expensive than the ordinary ones.
Even the cheapest ones will cost you well over $150. For example, Robert Graham’s dress shirt collection begins from a staggering $168. So you can imagine its worth.

So the question that comes to mind is: Why do designer brand dress shirts cost a fortune? There are a number of reasons that makes these dress shirts so expensive and something to behold such as:


Size Pattern

First and foremost, designer brand dress shirts have been designed specifically to fit the exact measurement pattern. It’s not one of those off-the-racks shirts that are designed to fit multiple sizes (although not perfectly). In other words, these dress shirts are made to fit you perfectly.

Interestingly, the reason why off-the-rack dress shirts are relatively cheaper is because they have been made for a large audience. If they weren’t, then you wouldn’t have got them so cheaply. So the (designer shirts) precise size pattern somewhat justifies the high cost, doesn’t it?



Another important reason as to why designer brand dress shirts are so costly is the material/fabric used in making them. It’s no surprise that the greater the quality (of fabric), the higher will be its price. So when it comes to designer shirts, you get exactly what you pay for, value for value!

Now the price of fabric varies greatly according to kind, quality and weaves, which is why you get to see dress shirts ranging from $150 to $500. Moreover, top designer brand shirts are made from cotton, synthetic, silk and wool, which happens to be the most expensive one. Now this gives a clearer idea as to why these shirts cost a fortune.



Constructing the cloth (also known as stitching) is quite a serious process. It involves a high degree of proficiency and methodology. The slightest bit of error may result in a poorly made shirt. That is why you need to have highly skilled labors.

Now this also means that the brand has to incur additional expenses, because hiring proficient tailors is not cheap. The higher their skill level is the greater will be the cost.

That being said, they are few brands that resort to machine construction in an attempt to reduce the final price of the shirt. But it’s probably not the best way to go about because machines are more prone to making manufacturing errors, as opposed to highly skilled tailors. So that is why it’s better to stick to a brand which employs tailors (instead of machines) to get best value for money.


Pre and Post Sales Service

Another factor that contributes (although slightly) towards the high cost of designer dress shirts is the provision of pre and post-sale services. Many retailers tend to have constructive policies to facilitate the customers with regards to “product returns”.

For example, at the time of purchase you are given a receipt. So in case there’s any defect in the product you can return it and the amount is credited to your amount. Not every retailer renders pre and post-sales service for a small remuneration which is generally included in the shirt’s final cost.


Marketing & Brand’s Name

If you want to wear a dress shirt of an eminent fashion brand, then obviously you’ll have to pay an exceedingly high cost for it. After all, top brands offer best value (both monetary and quality wise) it wouldn’t be a distinguished one.

But a high cost doesn’t necessarily equate superior quality. There are few brands that spend most of the shirt’s cost on marketing. So you have to be aware of those ones. Moreover brands like Verzari invest a considerable of the total cost on fabric, designs and quality, so that customers may have the best possible experience of wearing a designer dress shirt.






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