Dry Cleaners' Guide: Dress Shirts That Last!

Posted:Thu Dec 7, 2017
Posted By:Bill Rothrock, CGCP

We all know that feeling, the moment you find the perfect dress shirt. From the way it looks, to the way it fits, everything is simply perfect. Now imagine the feeling when your favorite shirt doesn't look or fit the way it did when it was first purchased. It's very frustrating!

As a lifelong dry cleaner, I can tell you with certainty, that all dress shirts are NOT created equal.

We all invest our hard-earned money into clothing. Whether you spend $25 or $225 for a dress shirt, you want it to last! Over the years, I have cleaned, pressed, and starched too many shirts to count. As a result, I have been able to compile a list of shirt brands that consistently outlast the competition.

In my dry cleaning facilities, I want the clothes to look perfect. I want my customers to look and feel great. My staff and I truly love what we do. There is nothing more frustrating than when I am working with an item of clothing that cannot be restored to like-new condition. No matter what I do, some clothes just can't be fixed. This happens all too often because of how it was manufactured or the material used.

Almost all shirts look and feel great in the store. So, how can you tell if the dress shirt will be durable before you buy?

That is a difficult task, even for me. In my experience, the shirt brands I recommend look, fit, and clean great from the first time they are worn until the last. The other brands on this list would never be found in my closet. In the past, I have shared my list with family and close friends. Now, I am sharing my list with you! Please don't buy another dress shirt until you have read through my recommendations below. Life is too short for a bad dress shirt!

Thomas Pink Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$$
Shirt LevelHigh End
Propercloth Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$$
Shirt LevelHigh End
Theory Shirt
BrandTheory
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$$
Shirt LevelHigh End
Hugo Boss Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$$
Shirt LevelHigh End
Thomas Dean Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$
Shirt LevelHigh End
Robert Graham Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Chaps Shirt
BrandChaps
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Izod Shirt
BrandIzod
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Express Shirt
BrandExpress
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Ralph Lauren Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Banana Republic Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Cremieux Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Calvin Klein Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Roundtree & Yorke Gold Label Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Joseph Abboud Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Pronto Uomo Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Jos A Banks Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Steven Azzolina Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$
Shirt LevelMid Level
Stafford Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
J Ferrar Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
St John's Bay Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Geoffrey Beene Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Arrow Shirt
BrandArrow
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Van Huesen Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
1mx Express Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Apt9 Shirt
BrandApt9
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Croft & Barrow Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2Yale's Rating: 2
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Roundtree & Yorke Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Eagle Shirt
BrandEagle
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1Yale's Rating: 1
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Wrangler 20x Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$
Shirt LevelEntry Level
Wrangler George Straight Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$$
Shirt LevelWestern
Panhandle Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5Yale's Rating: 5
Price$
Shirt LevelWestern
Wrangler Short Sleeve Snap Shirt
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$
Shirt LevelWestern
Cinch Shirt
BrandCinch
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4Yale's Rating: 4
Price$$
Shirt LevelWestern
Ariat Shirt
BrandAriat
Yale's Rating
Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3Yale's Rating: 3
Price$$
Shirt LevelWestern

Bill Rothrock, CGCP

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Bill Rothrock, CGCP

Bill Rothrock owns and manages the Yale Cleaners’ Owasso branch. In 1992 the International Drycleaners Congress selected Bill to spend 6 weeks training abroad in Australia and England. He graduated 1st in his class from The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute formerly The International Fabricare Institute. Bill is a Certified Professional Drycleaner (CPD), Certified Professional Wetcleaner (CPW), and a Certified Environmental Drycleaner (CED). Having all three of these certifications makes him a Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP), a distinction held by few people in the dry cleaning industry.


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