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Why is it so difficult to find a decent tee-shirt?

Started 1355100074.817 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1355281530.27 by baby burns

I'm about ready to try Hanes 3-in-a-package. At least if they get all wonky after repeated washing, I'm not out much.

Forever ago, Old Navy made one that was satisfactory --- except after repeated washing, it got all wonky shaped. Then they started making them too long and too thin.

Mossimo (at Target) used to make one that was satisfactory. Then they started making them too long and too thin.

One from Penney's grew in the width and the length after washing.

I measured one (Mossimo) that best fits me --- it's old and ready to be discarded --- lying flat, it measures 19" wide from under one arm to the other arm, and it's 21" long. I'm going to take a tape measure with me to the store.

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CaChica1355185117.045986 PostsRegistered 1/13/2006
On 12/9/2012 Debbie1426 said:

I love the ones from Chicos. Wonderful quality, fit and fabric and very inexpensive during the sales. All styles, colors and sleeve lengths.

I just have to put in a vote for Chico's short sleeve tees. I need a sleeve that is longer and this is the only place that seems to carry them each Spring. The quality is very nice and the colors stay true. Sometimes they are all cotton and sometimes they only offer them with the 5% spandex, which I can't take in the hot weather. They have great coupons which ladies share here on the fashion board. When there is a sale and have a coupon you can get them for less than $10..

Maggie No­lia1355187349.3974093 PostsRegistered 11/8/2012

I ordered two Gap tees. We'll see. If they're not right, back they go.

I'm going to try Hanes, too. As I said before, if they get all wonky, at least I'm not out much.

Don't know why I didn't think of JJill. I like their clothes.

Saw some reviews on LLBean and Eddie Bauer that mentioned thinner fabric currently being used so I passed by those.

Oh, yeah. I wear tees all year, and living in hot, humid, horrible summer weather, only 100% cotton will do.

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Buzzards fly in packs. Eagles soar alone.

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shoekitty1355195497.80314925 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006
On 12/10/2012 coldlake said:

My favorite, expensive but worth it, "threedots" brand. I only buy them when I can find them on sale. They are very form-fitting so I go up in size. I've also found some nice off brand tees at Costco of all places and the price is right. If the hand of the fabric feels right to me and the shape looks good, I'll try just about any brand. Price doesn't always equal quality in tees.

OMG, coldlake I love 3 DOT!! They hold up wash after wash. The cotton they use is supurb! I always bought them at Nordstrom, but Nordie quit selling them there. I think Nordstrom is going the way of many other stores and going for their own brand. Which isn't all that.

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jbinrwc1355196405.3178789 PostsRegistered 1/26/2008Northern CA

Loved the Cherokee tees at Target before they were discontinued. Excellent quality for the price. I have had good luck with all of the Crofts and Barrows tops I have bought from Kohls. They are available in a number of styles and colors. I have washed and dried mine repeatedly and never had problems with them losing shape. I used to depend on LL Bean and Talbots for my cotton tees and TNecks. Sizing has changed so much in recent years that I don't even try to buy from them any longer. Quality has also changed for the worse, especially at Talbots. Sizing at Land's End, Eddie Bauer, JJill and Caslon at Nordstrom has always been questionable for me so I don't order from them. Hope you can find a brand that works well for you. Please let us know if you do.

desertDi1355203910.86317458 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Jones are great. Walmart's White Stag are a close second.......and I even have a Land's End that is 40 years old.

Frannie1355204094.1932219 PostsRegistered 9/27/2006

The nicest men's tees are Jockey brand so maybe try the womens. They're more expensive but worth it.

running sh­elby1355246380.641962 PostsRegistered 6/2/2008

There are plenty of sources of well made t shirts. The OP mentioned a number of bargain brands that are mass produced by the cheapest manufacturers. No wonder.

halfpint1355247274.566104 PostsRegistered 7/12/2007

I like Denim and Co. I started looking at the lunchtime specials but haven't seen any recently. I agree Targets M are thin. Mervyns were nice but out of business now. I even find Kohl's new at Goodwill. I can't order for I am short and usually have to try them on.

joannecha1355272603.223657 PostsRegistered 12/5/2007West Michigan

I think it depends on if you want the item for at home wear or for work to layer. Long sleeve, short sleeve? I second many of the above w/Land's End or LL Bean. LE changes where it buys from every year, as I buy new shirts every year & they are always changing. LL Bean makes a super ss T in the Pima cotton style. I have this in ss & am asking for another color for Christmas. Good luck w/your search.

Sunshine K­ate135527286212984 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

Maggie Nolia,

I know exactly what you mean. I usually have pretty good luck getting my long or short sleeved T's at Sam's club (LL Bean). I also like Lands' End.

baby burns1355281363.4978793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

SHOE KITTY, have you hear anything, on your daughters friend that disappeared?? i keep waiting for an update.

baby burns1355281530.278793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

SHOE KITTY, i have the same top from linea that i have, only mind is bright pink, it is my favorite t-shirt!!! i do wish he would give us more colors to chose from.

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