For $50, You Can Buy …
This J Crew Irish linen shirt. Some people hate how linen holds wrinkles, but I personally love it. Linen has a life to it and looks best when its a bit crumpled - the texture gives the fabric a kind of “lived in” elegance. As long as your linen shirt fits well, these crumples will give you an insouciant look without making you look messy. 
And J Crew’s version fits fairly well. It’s slimmer than most models out there, and comes in extra-small for overly skinny guys like me. The only quip I have is that all of J Crew’s shirts have small collars. I prefer my collar points to be about 8.25cm long and the back of my collar to be about 5cm high. J Crews are much shorter, by about 1 to 1.5cm. As such, it lacks the panache that, say, a Guy Rover linen shirt will have. The Guy Rover is what I’d really like to recommend to you, but this series isn’t called “For $70 You Can Buy,” so if you really only have $50 to spend, I recommend J Crew’s. Plus, if you spend over $150 on J Crew’s final sale items right now, and use MUSTSHOP as your coupon code, you’ll get 30% off plus free shipping. That brings this puppy down to $35. Not too shabby if you’re on a tight budget. 
Note that when you first get your linen shirt, it will feel rough to the touch. However, linen softens quite a bit over time, and before long, you’ll have one of your most comfortable shirts ever. Just remember to never bleach your linens, as the harsh chemical will destroy the fibers. 

For $50, You Can Buy …

This J Crew Irish linen shirt. Some people hate how linen holds wrinkles, but I personally love it. Linen has a life to it and looks best when its a bit crumpled - the texture gives the fabric a kind of “lived in” elegance. As long as your linen shirt fits well, these crumples will give you an insouciant look without making you look messy. 

And J Crew’s version fits fairly well. It’s slimmer than most models out there, and comes in extra-small for overly skinny guys like me. The only quip I have is that all of J Crew’s shirts have small collars. I prefer my collar points to be about 8.25cm long and the back of my collar to be about 5cm high. J Crews are much shorter, by about 1 to 1.5cm. As such, it lacks the panache that, say, a Guy Rover linen shirt will have. The Guy Rover is what I’d really like to recommend to you, but this series isn’t called “For $70 You Can Buy,” so if you really only have $50 to spend, I recommend J Crew’s. Plus, if you spend over $150 on J Crew’s final sale items right now, and use MUSTSHOP as your coupon code, you’ll get 30% off plus free shipping. That brings this puppy down to $35. Not too shabby if you’re on a tight budget. 

Note that when you first get your linen shirt, it will feel rough to the touch. However, linen softens quite a bit over time, and before long, you’ll have one of your most comfortable shirts ever. Just remember to never bleach your linens, as the harsh chemical will destroy the fibers. 

For $50, You Can Buy …
Menswear bloggers, including me, all too often want to write about the best and most awesome things they know about, which usually means things that most people can’t afford. This makes for great reading, but little in the way of practical direction. You’re trying to build an awesome wardrobe, after all, not a .jpeg collection. 
So in the interest of writing about affordable things, I thought I’d start a new series called ”For $50, You Can Buy,” where I’ll try to find decent items that cost $50 or less. To be sure, the stuff in this series isn’t going to be made from the finest Italian silks and English wools, handcrafted by tradesmen in “Old World” workshops. However, they will be very good and, most importantly, affordable to almost everyone. 
A word of caution: deal hunting can be a dangerous game. Before you build a collection of 30 ties you found on sale, realize that you could have built a collection of 10 ties made by the best tie makers in the world. Be realistic about how much you plan to spend on clothes, have a vision of what kind of wardrobe you want to finally achieve, and act accordingly. For some, that might mean Drakes of London ties and John Lobb shoes. For others, it may mean things I’ll feature in this series. Either way, you will be well dressed. 
The first entry in this series is this Brooks Brothers tie, which can be had for $39.75. It’s in a classic repp stripe design, but made with varying weaves, which gives it a textural interest. Most importantly, though the picture doesn’t demonstrate this well, it gives a very, very good knot. From my experience, Brooks ties knot as well as many ties in the $100-$150 range.  The width may seem a touch too slim (I usually prefer 3” to 3.25” myself), but it’s not too far off from the classical standard. Many Drakes of London ties, after all, are 2.8” wide. Wear this with a white or blue button up shirt, and a sports coat in any of the classic colors, and you’ll be good to go. 

For $50, You Can Buy …

Menswear bloggers, including me, all too often want to write about the best and most awesome things they know about, which usually means things that most people can’t afford. This makes for great reading, but little in the way of practical direction. You’re trying to build an awesome wardrobe, after all, not a .jpeg collection. 

So in the interest of writing about affordable things, I thought I’d start a new series called ”For $50, You Can Buy,” where I’ll try to find decent items that cost $50 or less. To be sure, the stuff in this series isn’t going to be made from the finest Italian silks and English wools, handcrafted by tradesmen in “Old World” workshops. However, they will be very good and, most importantly, affordable to almost everyone. 

A word of caution: deal hunting can be a dangerous game. Before you build a collection of 30 ties you found on sale, realize that you could have built a collection of 10 ties made by the best tie makers in the world. Be realistic about how much you plan to spend on clothes, have a vision of what kind of wardrobe you want to finally achieve, and act accordingly. For some, that might mean Drakes of London ties and John Lobb shoes. For others, it may mean things I’ll feature in this series. Either way, you will be well dressed. 

The first entry in this series is this Brooks Brothers tie, which can be had for $39.75. It’s in a classic repp stripe design, but made with varying weaves, which gives it a textural interest. Most importantly, though the picture doesn’t demonstrate this well, it gives a very, very good knot. From my experience, Brooks ties knot as well as many ties in the $100-$150 range.  The width may seem a touch too slim (I usually prefer 3” to 3.25” myself), but it’s not too far off from the classical standard. Many Drakes of London ties, after all, are 2.8” wide. Wear this with a white or blue button up shirt, and a sports coat in any of the classic colors, and you’ll be good to go.