Men’s dress shirts are changing and cottons within the past few years are not what they used to be due to environmental issues. Also, cotton prices are extremely high and manufacturers are trying to cut costs.
Dress shirts are often made of a combination of cotton and synthetic fibers, even if the label reads 100% cotton. Due to loose regulations, a shirt maker is only required to list additional materials in the fabric if secondary fibers exceed a certain percentage of the entire garment. This means that 100% of any one material may not truly be 100%.
By using a variety of fibers (instead of 100% cotton), the manufacturer keeps their costs low regardless of the brand. And yes, they still charge the consumer the same price as the name brand. Thus when the label says cotton, it is actually a blend of several different fibers to make up the shirt, and these fibers all react to the washing and heat differently. This can cause issues for the dry cleaner and the consumer.
This can greatly affect the quality of the garment and may result in shirts that don’t last as long as they should. The synthetic fibers are not as strong or breathable as cotton and could warp or break.
This issue is common with Nordstrom, Calvin Klein, Joseph A. Bank (especially), and many others.
Complications from Interfacing
Most men’s dress shirts have an interfacing in the collar, cuffs, and along the button panel. Depending on the type of interfacing used, it may shrink causing the shirt to buckle and give a ripple effect. It can be pressed flat, but will not go back to the original form and may look/feel slightly off (the button holes might not match up with the buttons, etc). The dry cleaner can stretch it slightly to reduce the gap of alignment but risks pulling the shirt out of its original shape, making it unwearable.
At this time, there is no solution to resolve this problem. We can sometimes advocate for garment replacement from the manufacturer, but be aware that these issues are not ones caused by dry cleaning, but rather are general manufacturing issues.