I'm a spoiled dress shirt customer. In the past, I've done well with JC Penney Stafford wrinkle-free shirts in "Athletic Fit" size 16 neck (and 32-33" sleeve, when buying long sleeve shirts). They've looked great and lasted a long time, but my shirts are wearing out one by one, and it's time to replace them. The trouble is that JC Penney no longer offers the shirts I like. As of this writing, JC Penney will sell me shirts that meet any two of the above three characteristics, but shirts with all three are no longer available. (They also seem to have drunk the Kool Aid from the crowd that says short sleeve shirts can't be dress shirts, which just irks me all the more.) After trying a few shirts from Kohl's - and promptly returning them because of their poor quality - I decided to see what Amazon has to offer. And so far, I'm liking what I'm seeing!
The shirt came out of the package with a few creases. No surprises there; I hung the shirt up on a hanger to see if those hang out. I also tried the shirt on. It was a bit of a tight fit over the shirt I was wearing, but that's not surprising, either, because the shirt I was wearing was not intended to be worn as an undershirt. This much I can tell you just from trying it on: I don't know what part of the shirt is supposed to stretch, but the collar most definitely doesn't. That collar was *tight*. I was amazed at how tight, because the last time I tried on shirts in a store - just a couple of months ago - I was trying on shirts with 16-inch collars, and those were quite loose, which is why I thought I'd be safe enough buying a shirt with a 15.5-inch collar. One way to settle this: I ran for my sewing tape measure. First, I measured the shirt collar. From end to end, it measured 16-1/2 inches, and from button to buttonhole, it measured 15-1/2 inches, spot on. Next, I measured my neck. Zowie, I really do have a 16-inch neck, maybe even 16-1/2 inches - no wonder the collar felt tight! I guess I can't fault the shirt, then. I'm grading this shirt "Fit as expected".
The shirt felt better than my first impression suggested it would, but it was still tight on me, especially in the chest and shoulders. The chest measurement of this shirt is supposed to be 39 inches, and as with the collar, this would appear to be an honest 39 inches. (I wear a 42 short suit jacket comfortably, and my sewing tape measure confirms that my chest is exactly 39 inches.) I definitely need the next size up. The collar was a pleasant surprise. I had no trouble buttoning it, and while it was a little too snug for my liking, it proved surprisingly comfortable. I wore a tie for hours with it, and it didn't bother me at all. I'm not sure what happens after a few washes, though, dress shirts have been known to shrink. The material has a very pleasant hand; it's on the thicker side of what's normal for a dress shirt, with a noticeable texture to the surface, and it breathes well. We were having a heat wave the day I bought it, and I was comfy all day. The construction looks good, with well-sewn buttons and seams, and no stray threads that I noticed.
The shirt was washed and dried with my normal warm load, and I removed it from the dryer promptly at the end of the cycle. It held its shape well, but the material showed some minor rumpling. (See the first photo.) I put the shirt on a hanger and hung it up, and the shirt looked good enough to wear in a few hours. (See the second photo.) It didn't look factory-fresh, or even professional cleaner-crisp, but this is a severe test of the non-iron claim, and I didn't even give the shirt a fighting chance. (Most laundry gurus recommend, at very least, eschewing the dryer and drying home laundered dress shirts on a plastic or wooden hanger.) So, I'm giving this shirt a passing grade.
I won't be doing further testing of this shirt, as it's really too small for me to begin with, and if it shrinks even a little bit it will be unwearable, but I'm satisfied enough with this shirt to recommend it, and to go buy one in the right size.