Men's Tailored Fit Solid Hyde Park Dress Shirt
this traditional OCBD is a great shirt, but you have to make some compromises to enjoy it.
The funny thing about supima cotton is that all the hype around, which i would usually be so ready to call shenanigans on, is completely true. It's actually soft and durable, and makes amazing shirts. It feels SUPERB against your skin. It lasts forever. All of the things they say about it are true, as long as they don't throw it in the formaldehyde bath to make it a non-iron. Then it becomes stiff, hot, a little stinky, and generally un-breathable.
I lodge this well-deserved diss as a sincere fan of non-iron shirts, especially the Lands' End ones. I have probably twenty non-irons from LE and the other [ever-so-slightly nicer] clothing companies LE aspires to compete with, all of which i wear proudly. The lands'end non-irons are typically above average for breathability and feel, for non-irons.
The convenience the non-iron shirts exhibit is just amazing, and as a single male who works 50 hours a week, they really keep me looking sharp in the office during a 50+ hour work week. But the fact is that they are not perfect. While they are quite convenient, they are still quite flawed.
Conversely, these Hyde Park lands' end haveto-iron supima shirts may actually be the best shirt value in the world. I am going to extoll the virtues of, and then discuss the few problems. There are definitely some small flaws as well, which I will discuss at the end of my post.
They have the unique trait of being very very competitive with the $95 competition for a mere $49. 47 percent less cost, yet holds up really well to that certain competitor, which I would suggest as probably the maker of the best mass-produced shirts in the whole world.
Because the Hyde Park's are haveto-iron, they feel amazing and soft and delicious. The Supima isn't bogged down or clogged up with the chemical dip the non-iron versions get. The shirt has a soul. It lets the air in. It crumples and reacts to your movements. It feels like a dream shirt. It is brilliant.
Overall, the shirt is nice fabric. It's hearty, but not too thick. On the shirt all of the details are very well finished. The buttons are very nice for plastic buttons, thick and attractive. The shirt stitching is essentially perfect. There were no stray threads anywhere when i got the shirt, nor after a few months of wear. All of the buttons are sewed on straight and professionally. They have all stayed on, and none show broken threads or any indication of wear.
The "tailored fit" is awesome. This fit is rightly slim. The body 17 x 35 shirt fits about an inch slimmer than other famous shirt company's well known slim fit. the "tailored" fit Hyde Park fits me like a glove, I love it. No tailoring required for me, and I almost always bring a shirt I get to my tailor.
The biggest problems for me are lack of colors, and the collar.
The collar points are so incredibly short! 2-3/4" long collar points look sort of... fashionable? and contemporary. While this works well on the regular LE casual shirts if you wear them without a tie, on something as traditional as an OCBD, they are so incredibly out of place. You wouldn't even imagine trying to wear a tie with these short collar points. They only look OK without a tie. The collar points definitely ruin the traditional look of this oxford cloth button down shirt. It should really have the old longer collar points.
The collar is so short, despite being wonderfully soft and unlined, it just it does not have any hope of rolling well. It's a ruined collar, as far as i'm concerned. On my old lands end shirts, the collar points are all more like 3-1/2" long and look amazing.
The other problem is that these shirts really don't come in many colors, and the two colors they have are boring, or off a little.
The white is fine I suppose, it's just so standard. The blue is a bit lighter than most people would like. I wish there were equivalents of the "bright meadow" green, "french blue", "light cantelope", and a proper traditional pink oxford color. The few patterned versions they sell all look nice, i need to buy one of each of those.
Overall, it's a nice shirt for the money, but i really don't understand the short collar points. Some might suggest that demand might be lower for these haveto-irons hyde parks, but if you check there are more than 100 reviews, which is 2 times the number of reviews exist for the non-iron equivalents right now. People definitely buy the shirt. Many seem to also be people who care passionately about the horrible collar point length.
June 5, 2015
The shirt is exactly what I expected, having had many of them in the past.
Since the ordering allows for my exact dimensions, it fits well.
May 2, 2015
A Mocking Similacrum of a Traditional Shirt, Appropriate for a Teddy Bear or Infant
I've bought Lands End oxfords for 20 years now; they were always a reliable staple. The unfused button down collars rolled perfectly, and were a very decent inexpensive option for shirts that were appropriate in almost any occasion, with a tie, a suit, or unbuttoned.
That time is over. The traditional oxford is no longer available, and Lands End has cut a full half inch from the collars of its button downs. As a result, the collar doesn't roll, and has a clownish, little-boy appearance of a cheap knock off shirt. This is the sort of collar you would expect to see on a stuffed animal or an infant's "dressed-up for pictures" outfit.
These are being returned and won't be purchased again. They are not just a waste of time, but a waste of money, and a mocking simulacrum of a traditional classic shirt.
If I can edit this post, I will add a pic comparing the new abominations to a Hyde Park Oxford purchased circa 2006.
May 1, 2015
One of the few shirts left you have to iron
I have been buying Hyde Park Oxfords for over 20 years and have never had a bad one. Sizing is accurate and fit is excellent and they don't wear out easily. There are "no iron" versions of this shirt, but they are not the same. Whatever is used to make them "non iron" completely changes the texture so I will stick to the original as long as they make them.
March 17, 2015
Used to be my favorite shirt - not any more
At one time this was my go-to dress shirt, and I wear a lot of them. Not now. The latest version is made in a different country, different factory, and does not fit like it used to. The neck runs big (it used to be right on). And they redesigned the collar so it is smaller. Ties do not fit right, and buttoning the collar is a pain. I know Lands End has cut corners in the past few years, but this is the last straw. I'm off to find a new favorite shirt - from someone else.
March 7, 2015
Good Shirt, Required Starch
I like the shirt. Its comfortable and seems to be very durable. The one thing to be aware about this shirt is that ironing is deliberate. My patterned Hyde Park is easier to iron, probably because the pattern is dominate. This one, in plain white requires starch (which I "never" use) in order to get the shirt presentable and takes twice as long to iron as my other shirts.
February 21, 2015
My go to dress shirts
I buy these three at a time about once a year and have done so for several years. The fit and quality make the shirt a good value. At the regular price, they are rather expensive, however, I never seem to have any difficulty catching them on sale or finding a coupon code.
February 17, 2015
General look would benefit from a single overstitching on collar similar to your "normal" supima oxford buttondown shirt's
January 22, 2015
Not the shirt it once was
The last time I bought a Hyde Park button down was late 2011-early 2012. Since that time the manufacture has changed from China to Malaysia. With this change also comes a change in style and fabric. The collar points on the new shirts are shorter. I suppose this fits with current fashion, but it is not as nice looking as the longer collar points of more classically styles button downs. They also look weird with a tie. The fabric is oxford cloth, and it must be ironed, but it has the slick feel of non iron shirts. Slick as in slippery, not "cool". It also feels a bit thinner than the oxford cloth used on the previous iteration of the Hyde Park. The changes made to the Hyde Park are very unappealing and I will be looking elsewhere when I need new oxford cloth button down shirts. The trendier Canvas line of clothing maybe be gone in name, but its influence can be seen in the regular Lands' End line. The once classic Hyde Park is one of the victims.
January 13, 2015
My son likes this shirt. Good fit and no-iron. Where we live it is hard to find tall sizes, and Lands'End has a good selection.
January 11, 2015