I see. I have had a similar experience in that clerical shirts, properly fabricated here, are quite durable and long lasting, the fabric being substantial, the shirt giving service for years. One can have them where they both fit well and wear well and stand up well to use.
On the other hand, items that are imported from abroad, particularly from where labour is cheaper, one encounters very inferior quality, I have to say. It is poorly constructed and not well stitched together. The fabric is cheap – and sheer – so that one cannot get many uses out of it. I avoid such things as they are cheaper in the initial cost but one gets little value for the money paid.
I recently received the gift from an American couple of a clerical shirt and was absolutely astonished. It fit my neck – with nothing to spare – but the body of the shirt had enough material for almost a second me! I never encountered anything like that here, where we have a more tailored fit. I can wear it in the winter under a sweater and no one will see how it billows.
I looked at the label and it said “Made in China.” I don’t know if men in China are that extraordinary or if Chinese seamstresses have a concept of men being so…corpulent.
The fabric is quite thin and I don’t think it will survive many visits to the washing machine, so it will likely be in tatters by late Spring. Sending it out to a proper laundry would cause it to disintegrate. I had to reinforce the buttons with needle and thread as one came right off in my hand.