The Evolution of a Gentleman reviews a shirt from Frank and Oak:
When Frank and Oak contacted me and asked me to try out some pieces from their December collection for review, I was intrigued. I have always been a member of their site and I always browsed the selection of products but I have never made a purchase. They have some great looking products, but I was always apprehensive because all of their shirts and chinos are under $50 retail price and I was worried about the quality. I’m sure I’m not the only one that was wondering about their quality. I figured this would be a great opportunity to get the low down on Frank and Oak’s goods and share that info with you guys. I accepted their offer to try out some things, and what follows is my review of the shirt. They also sent me a pair of Chinos which I will be reviewing next week.
Material/pattern: So when a shirt costs under $50 dollars at retail, you would think that the material would be lacking right? Well that is not the case here. The shirt that I have is a flannel shirt and the material is impressive. It is 100% cotton. It is thick but at the same time it is still smooth, soft and comfortable. I am also very impressed with how the colors and the pattern look. The navy blue is very dark, with allows the other colors to contrast and pop out. My pictures don’t really do justice to how nice this pattern looks in person. I received compliments left and right the day that I wore this. I must admit that I was surprised when I opened the box and saw the shirt for the first time. I didn’t expect it to look this good.
Fit: To me, (and I’m sure to many of you also) fit is the most important element of a shirt. This shirt fits pretty trim. I was very happy with the fit when I tried this shirt on. I can’t stand when I buy a nice shirt and there is all of that extra fabric billowing in the back. (I included a picture from the side to show that there is no billowing) That is not the case here. I would say that these shirts are slightly trimmer than Brooks Brothers extra slim fit and I would recommend that you buy your size. There is no need to size down. The shirt is not really long at all so I felt slightly uncomfortable at times and I had to tuck parts of my shirt back in a couple of times. If you like to wear your shirt un-tucked, this shirt will probably look really good. The sleeves are really trim also. The collar is also a more small and compact collar. It is similar to the clifford collar on the ESF Brooks Brothers shirts. I love the fact that it has a button down collar. I also love the fact that this shirt actually has a chest pocket. I get annoyed when shirts don’t have a chest pocket.
Overall: Overall, I am happy with this shirt. I can honestly say that I would recommend Frank and Oak’s shirting because for the money, it’s worth it. The shirt has some cool details and it fits well. That is very hard to find nowadays for under $50. I can’t speak for the longevity of the shirt because I have only had it for a couple of weeks but having handled my fair share of shirts in my day, I believe that this shirt will hold up over time.
The rest of the details of my fit: Shirt-Frank and Oak, Pants: RL Polo cords, RL Polo belt, LL bean signature ranger moccs,