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post #16 of 29
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What kinds of stuff do you print on your shirts?

Unoriginal, boring one color graphic prints

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post #17 of 29
I guess it's all personal preference, as I am going to have to disagree with Brian. I bought some of their shirts, and wrote this review for another site, where a guy set up a wholesale account. I told him to make a post in Buying and Selling here:

In short, I love them. I ordered three basic crew tees in small, and one burnout tee in medium. The crew tees are very soft - much nicer feeling than American Apparel (hence to be called AA). The small fits kinda in between a medium and a small in AA. They're fit in the chest and waist closer to a small in AA, but they're longer, which works out nice for me. Please note that I have maybe 10 AA shirts, bought from about one year ago to present. The sizing is NEVER consistent, so take my sizing info with a grain of salt.

It's obvious when you pick one up that it's a nicer tee. Okay, the burnout tee. From online pictures I thought it was some kind of dyeing/coloring job (why did I think this?), but that couldn't be more wrong. The darker areas on the model are more sheer than the whiter areas, and his skin is showing through. The white one WILL show a little skin, so not for the faint of heart.

The burnout shirt is the softest thing I've ever felt. It's unreal. The fit is different from the crew tees. It is a wider in the chest and waist (size M versus size S), but the sleeves are cut a little higher. Even though a small would suit be better, the medium still looks good. It's very soft, and drapes itself well. It doesn't balloon out like a lot of stiffer tees tend to do. Everybody should own at least one of these shirts.

If every company currently printing on AA tees switched to Alternative, and they had to raise their prices to compensate, the fashion world would be better off.

Dusting, I'm going to browse around their site some more, and place another order with you. May 1st needs to hurry up and get here, I want some burnout tees in small!

EDIT: More thoughts...

The neck opening is fairly small, but no where near as small as AA has been making recently. Those fit like a mock turtle on me out of the dryer. They honestly are vertical against my neck. These are still narrow for thinner guys, but I do stretch them out a little out of the dryer so they fit better.

The back tag sucks. It isn't scratchy or anything, but it likes to flip up whenever I put the shirt on. AA's design looks like it would do this too, but I've never had a problem with it.

I know my review seems biased towards Alternative Apparel simply because they make a shirt that fits me better, but I think it fits me better because it's a nicer, softer shirt with a slightly better cut in general.

I'm also a leggy guy (only 5' 11", but lots o' leg), and I hate it when shirts hit me right at the belt. They always tuck themselves in behind the back of my pants, and I look all out of proportion regardless.

I find my small crews to be shorter than the new medium AA tees I bought last week. I'm also very sorry to hear that their sizing is hit or miss. That's one of my biggest complaints about AA. Can you go into more detail about why you say that Brian?
post #18 of 29
Not to spam this thread or anything, but in addition to having an American Apparel wholesale account, I have an Alternative Apparel account as well (along with Article.1). I guess I should start up a thread in the buying/selling forum, but I can definitely get you guys these shirts for far below retail. Edit: Thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ewpost&t=14235
post #19 of 29
Quick question... I'm a EU 38 (think Helmut Lang/Costume National fit), would I be a small or a medium in alt. apparel? Any info would be awesome. Thanks.
post #20 of 29
macuser, you'd be a small.
post #21 of 29
How do these t-Shirts fit compared to Velvet and James Perse?
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by cbrokaw
How do these t-Shirts fit compared to Velvet and James Perse?

They fit considerably closer than James Perse. Not as soft, but more elastic and don't lose shape as easily. Stitching is worse, but, imo, material is too flimsy in both for that to matter in any case. A whole lot cheaper.
post #23 of 29
LA Guy, I think Alternative Apparel shirts are considerably softer than James Perse shirts, having tried on and owned both. Alt Apparel t-shirts are the softest blank t-shirts I've ever felt. Sizing for them is the big issue since only a couple items come in small, and there are a lot of people who still are too small for Alt's small
post #24 of 29
Does anyone know of any companies putting out their own tees that print on Alternative Apparel? The more I wear the tees I bought, the more I love them.
post #25 of 29
It has been mentioned that Alternative's shirts are longer than AA. How much longer? I'm looking to stock up on plain tshirts for the summer but I'm really tall so I always find t shirts that fit ok width-wise, but that are too short. I bought an AA size xl cotton shirt and inevitably it shrank to a too short length. I also bought an AA 50/50 cotton polyester shirt and it seems to fit ok but the color selection is limited in that shirt and I was really looking for cotton.
If not Alternative Apparel do you guys know where else I can look for plain shirts that might fit longer than AA? Where should I look? Gap, BR, etc?
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by nino
It has been mentioned that Alternative's shirts are longer than AA. How much longer? I'm looking to stock up on plain tshirts for the summer but I'm really tall so I always find t shirts that fit ok width-wise, but that are too short. I bought an AA size xl cotton shirt and inevitably it shrank to a too short length. I also bought an AA 50/50 cotton polyester shirt and it seems to fit ok but the color selection is limited in that shirt and I was really looking for cotton. If not Alternative Apparel do you guys know where else I can look for plain shirts that might fit longer than AA? Where should I look? Gap, BR, etc?
I'd say alternative apparel shirts of the same size are a good 1 or maybe even 2 inches longer than American Apparel. They are also pre-washed so they won't shrink (unless you go with high heat). Ahaz, I dont know of any off hand but the printer I work with has done work for some local designers using Alt and it turned out really well. Alternative Apparel has a cut-and-sew program that they have where they use their fabrics on your patterns. Minimums are *relatively* low but still not low enough that someone like me could take advantage of it.
post #27 of 29
Has anyone tried Alt Apparel's crew sweatshirts? The styling looks nice... longer bands on cuffs and hem, raglan sleeves, side panels; but the product on the model is kinda meh. And they don't have a nice solid gray...

Or any other recs for fitted (not tight) crew sweatshirts? I am considering History Preservation's, though $100 is a little steep, sight unseen.
post #28 of 29
I have the Alt A crew sweatshirt. They run a little small (like the t shirts) and are thin/lightweight. I bought the dark blue first and it was too small and had to give it to my gf. I replaced it with a larger size in brown. The colors are nice - it's a nice simple sweatshirt for the $.
post #29 of 29
would anyone be able to provide the chest measures for small and mediums, preferrably for the tonal stripe shirt? thanks.
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