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

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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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Me And My ­Shadow1355100701.3871087 PostsRegistered 1/8/2009

Tell me about it and I hate crew neck T-shirts....I found a very nice boatneck tee shirt on the Hanes website....love it.....I just wish there were more colors available....If you want to check it out, just go to the Hanes website and type "boatneck tee shirt" in the search box.

Maggie No­lia1355101633.744093 PostsRegistered 11/8/2012
On 12/9/2012 Me And My Shadow said:

Tell me about it and I hate crew neck T-shirts....I found a very nice boatneck tee shirt on the Hanes website....love it.....I just wish there were more colors available....If you want to check it out, just go to the Hanes website and type "boatneck tee shirt" in the search box.

I've just been looking around at Hanes website, and I saw the boatneck one, but I want the crew neck ones! They just look better, to me anyway, under a jacket.

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Kathlen1355101986.81714896 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down

I have some from both LandsEnd and Coldwater Creek ... still looking good after at least a year of wear.

ETA: Try <a href="http://www.onehanesplace.com/outlet/clothing/tees-tops---jackets">http://www.onehanesplace.com/outlet/clothing/tees-tops---jackets</a> - I buy these to wear to the gym. They last forever.

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Troop_Angel1355102086.5175490 PostsRegistered 4/22/2006

I like Lands' End and LL Bean. Sears carries Lands' End.

CaChica1355105220.665986 PostsRegistered 1/13/2006

Good cotton tees that last for several seasons, Lands End, Eddie Bauer, Macy's Karen Scott brand (always around $10.), and if you can find them JCP's St. John's Bay brand (I couldn't find them since the store renovations). Chico's has cotton tees that hold their color also but they don't always have them and sometime they use spandex. Target used to carry a good cotton tee in Cherokee brand but I couldn't find them this year.

lovesrecess1355105758.19714673 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

best t shirt I have found is Daisy Fuentes brand at Kohl's.....holds its shape, very stretchy and flattering as well....bought three; black, a print with black/purple, and a white.....I may buy a few more so I have backups; they are that good! I wash them on delicate in the machine and hang to dry...they dry fast since I think they have some modal in them.

jackthebear1355105940.277401 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

If you see the ModBod brand at Coscto check them out, not too expensive and they are Made in US.

Check out GAP basic T's they come in white, grey and black but they are a good weight and not too long or short and sometimes you can get them on sale.

feline fine1355105946.2933178 PostsRegistered 9/4/2012where Phillies fans rule

The BEST 100% cotton ones I've found are from Eddie Bauer, and they last for years. Plus, the website offers Tall (yay!) and Petite.

Also like Lands' End and JCP's.

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Sister Gol­den Hair1355106421.98715321 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

I buy all my t-shirts from Land's End. I have for years and they keep their shape besides lasting a long time.

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shoekitty1355106621.2214945 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

Maggie, you need to get a better quality. Hanes are very good, but forget Target brand, Kohl's and other discount places. IMO. They look okay, until you wash them. I cold water wash, and line dry all my tops, tee shirts and jeans. The Target and Kohl'ss tee shirts go every which way after washing. My husband has had the worst luck. The side seam of his shirts wound up in front, LOL!!

Land's End, Eddie Bauer and LL Bean have quality tees.

I get mine at Nordstrom. Caslon is good (not as good as they were) but good. I get them on sale at their half yearly, or the BIG sale in July! I pay about 18.00 for a plain 3/4 sleeve crew, or scoop tee. They are a bit fitted, so they don't look like a man's tee shirt, and they are long enough. I would never buy Nordstrom's Amber Sun brand. PeeU

I think the made in China, and total discount tee shirts are woven with unmercerized cotton fiber and thread. The threads are uber fine, and not twisted properly. I think also they save material by cutting them on the nap, or where ever they can fit in a pattern piece to use all material. Hence when they are washed they shrink, twist and come apart. JMHO

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baby burns1355106947.8278793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

i also like eddie bower, nordstoms, sometimes costoc, if i want them to look nice, with anything, i buy issac's, they are really nice, and hold up for years, great colors too. i like the ones from jcp this yea, buy the ones from liz claborne, they have really lowered their prices, but not the quality, makes the stuff her under that brand, look sick!

Debbie14261355107011.7235361 PostsRegistered 9/12/2012

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

Rainbows a­nd Roses1355109565.9718545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

I enjoy Talbots T's........I have a few from the older days that were made really thick and nice......the newer ones are made good but they are very thin.

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VaBelle351355109726.1810873 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

I have older Talbot's ones as well. They are XL and I am an L now, so I wear them at home to clean and cook. I wash them constantly and they still look brand new.

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Mumof21355110405.24867 PostsRegistered 1/5/2007

I love Eddie Bauer tee shirts as they do last a very long time.

BelleFemme1355116009.413871 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007Indy

Louis Dell'Olio had some wonderful t-shirts in the Linea line. But they often have few color choices and limited stock, so they sell out quickly. I have a black t-shirt of his with mesh inserts that I love! I wish they would make it in multiple colors, or at the very least, bring back the black and add white. It was a nice, substantial t-shirt. It wasn't too thin, had nice lines, and just the right amount of stretch.

KatCat11355126217.8818213 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Give JJill a try when they have a sale on them. The jersey tee is wonderul as is the pima cotton ones and neither one loses shape.

lovestotea­ch1355135076.83717678 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

My votes go to: JJill pima cotton (on sale) and if they still carry pima cotton; and LE -- I buy their turtlenecks with modal and will try that blend next for tee's. They feel very cottony. Love them when they are on sale and free ship! Disappointed in Gap QC from one year to the next; IM had a beautiful weighty white cotton tunic last summer -- almost too weighty for me to wear in the hot summer, tho. Do not care for poly blends and love J Crew tissue weight tees with cami's under for summer... but the seams DO go all wonky on those, too. So the JC would not be good for a business look.

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chumlee_1355135678.3435381 PostsRegistered 10/3/2008
Hey Maggie, try LLBean Pima cotton. They're a bit thinner than they used to be but still quality fit and wear. They're also 100% cotton, no spandex (I hate spandex in anything) and last years. Highly recommend. cheers! chum

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peachesncr­eam1355139232.712304 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005

Hanes tees hold up extremely well. They're 100% cotton, very soft and comfortable. I've worn them for years. I like that they come in V and scoop neck styles.

They have become a bit thinner (in the fabric used) in recent years. Still a good tee, though.

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insomniac1355142315.968310 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I love the kind made by Gildan: I order them from a store that does shirts for sport teams.

They have only one style for women: I love it because it's slightly more fitted and the sleeves are a tad shorter.

I must add that, since they're 100% cotton, I wash them in cold or warm water, use the dryer for about 10 minutes, then let them air-dry.

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4paws1355152439.9622696 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

I bought 6 wonderful online from Kohl's at the beginning of summer. They are both vee & scoop neck, fitted at the shoulders but then go straight down to the hips. They were like $5 and wash wonderfully. I am getting more colors next year.

amy241355156469.1673 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

I have always bought my t-shirts at the Gap. I love long sleeve T's and I get Gap's Favorite T. I must have them in every color. Most of them I have bought on sale. Try them.

sandy531355156728.7471022 PostsRegistered 1/10/2008

The best t-shirts I bought last summer were from Sears. They were soft, washed well, and had some substance to the knit. And they were very well priced.

coldlake1355160252.571392 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008

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.

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