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    The White Dress Shirt Dilemma - Translucency



    The White Dress Shirt Dilemma (WDSD) refers to the issue that many many white dress shirts suffer from, to wit, translucency. Affected white dress shirts pose a number of issues: they show ANY undershirt you're wearing (yes, even heather grey), they take on some of your skin tone which looks strange and they just end up looking cheap. This is a VERY common problem that seems to plague reasonably priced white dress shirts everywhere.


    Yesterday I frantically scanned a mall looking for a slim fit white dress shirt that didn't suffer from the WDSD. I checked JCP, Lord & Taylor, Banana Republic, GAP, Old Navy, J Crew, H&M and Kohl's. I've been through Macy's so many times that I didn't even bother. Not a single place had a white dress shirt (slim or otherwise) that was able to avoid the WDSD.


    Has anyone found a white dress shirt that isn't horrible? Can they be found without wandering into the $100+ price range? Please discuss.

    My measurements, for context--> Body Type: Slim/Skinny |​ Weight: 175 lbs | Height: 6'1" | Neck: 16” | Chest: 40” | Waist: 33.5” | Shoulder: 18.75” | Sleeve: 35.5” | Bicep: 12.75” | Wrist: 6.75”

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    @diversification - I find translucency a problem with poplins. Try some other weaves like twill.


    You can definitely find them for < $100. This for example.

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      #3


      I notice you didn't mention Target. I have one of the Merona white dress shirts and I don't have any problems with translucency. Not 100% cotton though, but I doubt all of the brands/stores you listed are.

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        #4


        It's been a common problem for me, too. More expensive shirts don't seem to alleviate the issue, either (at least not from my experience). I'll be following this thread.

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          #5


          Yes this annoying. They also show tattoos through, FYI. I alleviate these issues by always wearing something over them (sweater or blazer).

          "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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            #6


            @greg_s: Same here.

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              #7


              I'm about as white as the shirt, so no problem for me. Im almost clear.

              What we do in life echos throughout eternity.
              -Maximus

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                #8


                Agree w/ redbeardmike - the twill and herringbone shirts I have are less of a problem.

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                  #9


                  Even the one herringbone white shirt I own is not 100% opaque.

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                    My white Bonobos dress shirt doesn't seem to exhibit this problem. I'm pretty sure it's totally opaque - or close to it. Actually, same with my Uniqlo one, now that I think of it. I'll confirm tonight at home.

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                      I had a feeling I'd be seeing suggestions for twill and herringbone weaves (end on end is probably another one). I really wish that more manufacturers would adopt those weaves. Personally, I think they look far better than the pinpoint, broadcloth, poplin, WhateverTheHellYouWantToCallThem weaves; they add that often mentioned bit of visual depth which is wonderful in almost all circumstances.


                      I would imagine that shirt that redbeardedmike listed from CT is completely opaque. The problem is, very few find-them-almost-anywhere brick and mortar stores carrying anything like this (I'm a US citizen... you British folks are lucky with regard to this). If they do, it's typically made for someone with a 16.5" neck, 57" chest, 65" waist and 32" sleeves (I'm being facetious but you get what I mean).


                      Anyway, thanks for the advice. Please keep it coming!


                      EDIT: That would be exciting if Uni has an actual dress shirt that was opaque. I'm not talking oxford material though...

                      My measurements, for context--> Body Type: Slim/Skinny |​ Weight: 175 lbs | Height: 6'1" | Neck: 16” | Chest: 40” | Waist: 33.5” | Shoulder: 18.75” | Sleeve: 35.5” | Bicep: 12.75” | Wrist: 6.75”

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                        #12


                        I have the Charles Tyrwhitt shirt that redbeardedmike mentioned. You cannot see an undershirt through it.

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                          After a minute or two of googling:


                          Macy's


                          Nordstrom


                          Every Nordstrom Rack I've been to has a Nordstrom Smart Carr trim fit white twill on sale for about $30 in loads of sizes.


                          Free shipping and free returns from Nordstrom. Charles Tyrwhitt has free returns and they often have sales featuring free shipping.


                          I think you don't see a ton of twill dress shirts because it is a thicker fabric and presumably less breathable under a suit. I also got the feeling that herringbone and twill were considered slightly less formal - but that could just be because not many people seem to offer them.


                          I don't wear a lot of white under suits, but I recently had a white, twill, herringbone shirt made from Blank Label. I'm pretty pleased with he fabric. See pics here.

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                            @diversification: the Uniqlo shirt I'm referring to is not oxford material. I bought it a few years ago, so they may not even have the same thing available anymore. In any event, I'll take a look when I get home tonight and update.

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                              #15


                              I should also mention that a number of the Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are available through their current 'shirts for $39.50 + free tie' promotion that runs through 10/31. There are a handful available, some in each of their fits.


                              Just use the url www.ctshirts.com/colin and click through to access the deal (don't worry, not a referral link).

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