Review: J.Crew Gingham Utility Shirt

I’ve had J.Crew’s latest utility shirt for about two weeks now and I’m pretty happy with the purchase so far. The gingham fabric is a linen/cotton mix and it’s been great in the warmer weather that Seattle is finally getting.

When I first received the shirt I was also surprised by the detailing that J.Crew put into it, which are comparable to the same details found in work shirts made by companies like Engineered Garments and RRL.

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The smaller cigarette style flap pocket. The bottom portion is not sewn down which allows you to put stuff in it without it pulling on the fabric around it.

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The larger tool pocket. There is a separate working partition for a pencil or pen.

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There is a hidden button underneath the bottom of the placket on front of the shirt, which allows it to keep a vintage inspired look without loosing the functionality of a modern shirt. It would be cool to see Engineered Garments do something like this on their 19th century button down shirts.

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The seams along the sides and sleeves are triple stitched.

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The cuffs are squared off instead of rounded, and there are two double pleats instead of one. Another vintage inspired detail.

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Hidden holes under the collar to button it down. The throat latch is really the only detail I don’t care for.

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If you don’t want to spend $150 or more on work shirts from other companies, J.Crew’s utility shirt offers a great value at just under $100.

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