In more prosperous times I’d buy very nice broadcloth Egyptian cotton dress shirts retail at a price nearing that of having them custom tailored. Would have bought tailored if they were available here, but tgat’s a big city amenity. Off the rack or not, they still lasted forever though. The whites would get cycled into casual wear after several years due to yellowing somewhat, they’d no longer get that up-and-coming executive blinding white, lol. Man, the money I’ve wasted. Haven’t been a corporate drone for many years.
I still buy Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow cases in high thread count. Why? Because we do not need that many sets of sheets and pillow cases plus we like them. I would pay more for made in USA “if the quality was like up to 1960-70 or so. Unfortunately, I have had my fill of the American workers work ethics and total lack of pride in their work with the exception of a plumber or an HVAC type or so. Anyone who owns a house knows how damn lazy most of these white boys are today. I am ashamed of them as I worked construction every summer when in high school. These 20-30 years olds will not leave the damn bar to paint, mow a lawn, or do anything to make money. They’d rather steal and/or draw Gov bennies.