Charles Tyrwhitt vs T.M.Lewin Shirts
The shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin have a rich culture in their background, and they have been both popular choices of men shirts over many decades. Both the brands are of British heritage and offer shirts that are similar in style and price range. In this article, I will be bringing the comparisons between these two similar brands and will point out the qualities that set them apart.
|Range of shirts||★★★★★||★★★★★|
Charles Tyrwhitt was founded in 1986 by Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler. It was initially started as mail order and later on progressed with making shirts for men. In 1997, the company opened its first shop in Jermyn Street which is famous for hosting a vast number of tailors that retail menswear.
Thomas Meyers Lewin opened his first shop in Jermyn Street in 1898 selling men shirts and accessories. It gave birth to the ‘coat-shirt' which is a shirt with buttons down the front like a coat and has become a prototype of the modern shirt worn today.
The shipping fee to the United States is $10 for T.M.Lewin and $12.95 for Charles Tyrwhitt, and T.M.Lewin offers free shipping for orders over $150.
Overall, the shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin costs lower than $50 if you take the multibuy offer into account. This made them the go-to brands if you are looking for affordable yet high-quality formal shirts.
In terms of the quality of the shirts, I would say the fabric and construction for both Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin are pretty solid and the difference is minimal. The shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin all feature split back yoke and non-fused collars.
One difference is that while T.M.Lewin offers standard plastic collars stay, Charles Tyrwhitt shirts go one-up and come with brass bone collar stay, which adds a touch of luxury.
And while T.M.Lewin doesn't allow any alteration to the shirt, Charles Tyrwhitt offers alteration services for additional pockets and monogramming, which is a plus for people who like exclusivity.
T.M.Lewin Non-iron Blue Fine Stripe Slim Fit Shirt
Both Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin offer a wide range of fabrics from Twill to Egyptian cotton.
Charles Tyrwhitt Non-iron White Arrow Weave Shirt
Charles Tyrwhitt offers slightly more variations on the collars like semi-cutaway and extreme cutaway.
I bought slim fit shirts from both brands which measured 15.5" / 33".
Charles Tyrwhitt fits very nicely overall, especially in the shoulder area, while T.M.Lewin is a little bit looser on the chest and shoulder area.
Fit is subjective. It depends on your body type and your ease preference. You may have a different fitting experience.
To help with understanding the different lines of fit of the two brands, from loosest to tightest it goes like this:
|Loosest||T.M.Lewin - Regular Fit|
|Very loose||Charles Tyrwhitt - Classic Fit|
|Loose||T.M.Lewin - Slim Fit|
|Slightly loose||Charles Tyrwhitt - Slim Fit|
|Slightly tight||T.M.Lewin - Fitted|
|Tight||Charles Tyrwhitt - Extra Slim|
|Very tight||T.M.Lewin - Super Fitted|
|Tightest||Charles Tyrwhitt - Super Slim|
For example, for a slim fit shirt with collar size 16", the chest and waist measure 47" and 42" for T.M.Lewin while 44" and 41" for Charles Tyrwhitt.
So if you refer to the comparable fits between T.M.Lewin and harles Tyrwhitt, the shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt fit tighter.
Both the brands offer budget-friendly shirts, and with that keeping in mind, it is impressive how they don't fail the durability checks.
There is some minor shrinking after every wash, but I honestly have no complaints.
CT offers a 6-month return period, but it does not cover the cost of return.
T.M.Lewin offers free returns but with a 90-day return window.
The product detail page of Charles Tyrwhitt's website is designed much better than T.M.Lewin. They go an extra mile by helping a customer with suggestions to accessorize a shirt with cufflinks or ties.
And you can choose different color options and cuff type for that particular shirt in the product detail page. I found this is very useful when I want to buy the same shirt with different options to get a multibuy discount.
Charles Tyrwhitt uses a third-party review platform called Feefo so I would argue that Charles Tyrwhitt takes customer review more seriously. If you check the customer reviews on Charles Tyrwhitt's website, you can see that they promptly reply to every single customer with a bad purchase experience.
For a person who likes shopping online, Charles Tyrwhitt's website certainly appeals more.
Price is slightly cheaper for T.M.Lewin, but given the better fit and better online shopping experience that Charles Tyrwhitt offers, I would prefer Charles Tyrwhitt over T.M.Lewin.
But as I said before, fit is subjective, and your mileage may vary. I would definitely recommend both Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M.Lewin shirts for your next purchase.