Banana Republic Essential Boyfriend Shirt

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve always had a bias against dress shirts because I just never know what size to take in them and I never know how they will fit at the chest. That little gap can be quite annoying. Ever since I bought a couple gingham shirts from J.Crew though that fit beautifully, I’ve been dipping my toe in the water gradually. What better place to start than with a classic – basic white shirt – aka the Essential Boyfriend Shirt from Banana Republic.

Banana Republic Essential Boyfriend Shirt

Well, the material is thinner than I imagined, but it’s not too thin. I don’t think it’s see through, at least not to me. It fit me everywhere just like I’d want it to fit…all except for the arms. Geez. This is the tough thing with dress shirts or shirts in general. There is zero stretch. If it doesn’t fit you perfectly everywhere, it doesn’t fit you. Apparently yes, I know, my arms are disproportionately large or something, but c’mon. Getting tired of it. Love this shirt but has to go back because my arms are just busting out. Bah.

Banana Republic Essential Boyfriend ShirtBanana Republic Essential Boyfriend Shirt

I’m wearing: Loft Wide Braided Belt, Banana Republic Cotton Pleated Skirt, Tory Burch Julianne Wedges

Well, the hunt for the classic white shirt continues. In the meantime, how the hell do I work down these arms? I wonder if they somehow grew in size recently or I’m just experiencing some terrible luck with my recent purchases.

Get it here from Banana Republic for $59.50.

4 thoughts on “Banana Republic Essential Boyfriend Shirt

  1. I think it is just the tops you have been getting because your arms are a normal size!!!
    I tend to stay away from button-downs too because of that stupid gap. The last shirt I bought went right to the shoe/dry cleaner place so that I could get a snap button added to it. That definitely helps.

  2. FSHNONMYMIND – ha, i will have to see if this trend continues. currently not lovin’ my arms but what else is new? lol. what’s a snap button?

  3. You know how some shirts have buttons that snap into place instead of buttons that you put through a buttonhole? That’s a snap button and the tailor can add one to your shirts if you have that unsightly open gap. You could probably also add a hook and eye too, but I haven’t tried that.

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