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post #271 of 292
I've said it before and I'll say it again here, J.Crew's slim fit "broken-in" t-shirts are a great fit. They are true to size unlike mainline J.Crew.
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post #272 of 292
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Originally Posted by uNiCoRnPriNcEsSx View Post
wasn't he looking for something a little shorter?

Your right. Whisky, ignore my post
post #273 of 292
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Originally Posted by APK View Post
I'm gonna throw up a vote for the Old Navy tees.

With warmer temps around the corner, I was in dire need of some basic tees that weren't undershirts. Options around town are pretty limited, so it was either Gap, Old Navy, or one of the A&F type places.

The Gap ones fit very well, but don't seem to warrant the $14 tag (that's if buying two) considering the material. Soft, but flimsy. Fine now, but I could see the neck getting ragged after only a few wears.

The Old Navy ones have a similar cut and felt more substantial. At $7 a pop, they were a no-brainer.

wow. V-necks for $6???? and they cater to tall guys???? Thank god for this thread and your post, my quest for the holy grail has ended.
post #274 of 292
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Originally Posted by XenoX101 View Post
THX FR ADVCE WLL STP BYNG DSGNR CLTHZ This is very ignorant, what exactly is the difference between a t-shirt and a button down, or a cardigan, or a pair of pants? They're all garments made up of fabric sewn together to form a design, so why should a t-shirt be held to any different a standard than any other garment? To spell it out, the majority of high end fashion designers make t-shirts from quality fabrics and there are many t-shirts have also been designed in avant garde ways (think rick owens), you simply can't compare a julius leather shirt to a target synthetic one. In future please don't be so quick to judge or make bold statements.
He's got a point.....if a tee shirt is just 100% cotton it really can't warrant over a $20 price tag, even being made in the U.S.....you're paying for the brand name buddy, stop trying to convince yourself otherwise.
post #275 of 292
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Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
He's got a point.....if a tee shirt is just 100% cotton it really can't warrant over a $20 price tag, even being made in the U.S.....you're paying for the brand name buddy, stop trying to convince yourself otherwise.

I've felt 100% cotton shirts that feel like butter, and I've felt some that feel like they could effectively sand wood. Is a decent price difference not justified?
post #276 of 292
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Originally Posted by MSSneaker View Post
I've said it before and I'll say it again here, J.Crew's slim fit "broken-in" t-shirts are a great fit. They are true to size unlike mainline J.Crew.

How would I size in these?

For reference, I wear a large in American Apparel...

Thanks!
post #277 of 292
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Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
He's got a point.....if a tee shirt is just 100% cotton it really can't warrant over a $20 price tag, even being made in the U.S.....you're paying for the brand name buddy, stop trying to convince yourself otherwise.
I disagree. You obviously have not handled any of the higher quality Japanese t-shirts. I have done extensive comparisons between various brands by actually BUYING, WASHING, and WEARING them repeatedly. I can say with compete honestly that a $20 American Apparel or Alternative Apparel tee is inferior quality relative to Japanese brands like Lad Musician, MofM, jun hashimoto, or wjk. Some of the differences... 1. Shrinkage is nearly non-existent with the expensive tees, whereas AA tees shrink huge amounts. 2. The Japanese tees don't pill much after repeated washings/wears, whereas the cheap tees start to look old and worn out quickly. In particular, the Lad tees utilizing their best fabric do not even pill at all and they're 100% cotton! 3. The cut on the expensive Japanese tees is better. Many of them feel more structured, providing their own shape as opposed simply tightly gripping your body like most cheaper US tees. Admittedly some of the cuts may only work well for slim guys though. 4. When viewing the expensive tees in person, they simply look higher end due to the nicer fabric and small details. You cannot see this easily in pictures. By contrast, many cheaper tees look like some shirt you could have rolled out of bed wearing. You can claim you don't place much value personally on any of the above, but your comment that we're only paying for the name is false.
post #278 of 292
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Originally Posted by BB1 View Post
I disagree. You obviously have not handled any of the higher quality Japanese t-shirts. I have done extensive comparisons between various brands by actually BUYING, WASHING, and WEARING them repeatedly.

I can say with compete honestly that a $20 American Apparel or Alternative Apparel tee is inferior quality relative to Japanese brands like Lad Musician, MofM, jun hashimoto, or wjk. Some of the differences...

1. Shrinkage is nearly non-existent with the expensive tees, whereas AA tees shrink huge amounts.

2. The Japanese tees don't pill much after repeated washings/wears, whereas the cheap tees start to look old and worn out quickly. In particular, the Lad tees utilizing their best fabric do not even pill at all and they're 100% cotton!

3. The cut on the expensive Japanese tees is better. Many of them feel more structured, providing their own shape as opposed simply tightly gripping your body like most cheaper US tees. Admittedly some of the cuts may only work well for slim guys though.

4. When viewing the expensive tees in person, they simply look higher end due to the nicer fabric and small details. You cannot see this easily in pictures. By contrast, many cheaper tees look like some shirt you could have rolled out of bed wearing.

You can claim you don't place much value personally on any of the above, but your comment that we're only paying for the name is false.

fair enough, but I'll settle for $6 Old Navy v-necks, I'm broke anyways
post #279 of 292
Hey there. I need some advice for webshops with nice graphic t-shirts .. These are some of the last purchases i've made - just to show you what im looking for: I'm already using yrbnyc.com, threadless.com and designbyhumans.com - the last one is almost always sold out in M's though. Help me out here, please!
post #280 of 292
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Anyone care to point me to where I can get blank t-shirts with a looser neck opening like what Capote is wearing up there?

Alternative Apparel offers u-neck t-shirts, as does ASOS.com. I haven't handled either, but people seem to like Alternative Apparel. The only thing I bought from them (a long-sleeve henley) was too short and boxy on me, but I'm pretty tall and thin.
post #281 of 292
^Thanks, I haven't handled Alternative Apparel, but I know American Apparel makes a shirt with a more relaxed neck opening, I think I'm going to try those out.

If I had a few extra arms and legs to spend on basics, I would most definitely fucks with those N. Hoolywood blanks.
post #282 of 292
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Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
wow. V-necks for $6???? and they cater to tall guys???? Thank god for this thread and your post, my quest for the holy grail has ended.

For what it's worth, my preferences have shifted to coincide more with the points BB1 made since I posted that nearly two years ago. I still can't afford to stock up on tees from the brands that catch my eye, but I'm less hesitant to scoop them up on deep discount where they cost more than I would have considered paying for years ago.

Quality and styling were at the root of this shift in preference. I wore the hell out of those ON tees, so I don't regret buying them. A couple of them, however, shrunk a fair amount despite cold washes and tumble dries. The ones I did wear a lot held up fine from a literal standpoint, but were looking pilled and somewhat ratty long before I finally retired them.

I also got bored with the basic crew neck or shallow v-neck. Your typical mall-brand-level store doesn't veer far from either of those. Deeper v-necks, scoop necks, unfinished hems, curved seams and other such details generally only start to appear as the price gets higher. This means nothing for the person who just wants a basic crew tee, but if you want something more unique, you'll usually have to pay for it.

Where these two areas converge is at my desire or tendency to resort to tees when it's warmer out. For as much time and thought as I invest in personal style, I noticed I was more likely to wear a t-shirt when the weather allowed it instead of something more elaborate. So it makes sense to put more money into tees that will hold up through repeated wear and offer design characteristics that won't lull me into a state of monotony.
post #283 of 292
I will concede, though, that all of this really is brand-dependent. A higher price tag doesn't automatically equal a superior shirt. As a former hypebeast, I've owned and handled plenty of shirts that commanded $40+ but felt like sandpaper.
post #284 of 292
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Originally Posted by APK View Post
For what it's worth, my preferences have shifted to coincide more with the points BB1 made since I posted that nearly two years ago. I still can't afford to stock up on tees from the brands that catch my eye, but I'm less hesitant to scoop them up on deep discount where they cost more than I would have considered paying for years ago. Quality and styling were at the root of this shift in preference. I wore the hell out of those ON tees, so I don't regret buying them. A couple of them, however, shrunk a fair amount despite cold washes and tumble dries. The ones I did wear a lot held up fine from a literal standpoint, but were looking pilled and somewhat ratty long before I finally retired them. I also got bored with the basic crew neck or shallow v-neck. Your typical mall-brand-level store doesn't veer far from either of those. Deeper v-necks, scoop necks, unfinished hems, curved seams and other such details generally only start to appear as the price gets higher. This means nothing for the person who just wants a basic crew tee, but if you want something more unique, you'll usually have to pay for it. Where these two areas converge is at my desire or tendency to resort to tees when it's warmer out. For as much time and thought as I invest in personal style, I noticed I was more likely to wear a t-shirt when the weather allowed it instead of something more elaborate. So it makes sense to put more money into tees that will hold up through repeated wear and offer design characteristics that won't lull me into a state of monotony.
It's mostly an issue of being broke, literally broke. I have like $10 in my bank account right now. I'm just striving to buy the basics right now. If you could see pictures of how I dressed only a few months ago (Super baggy jeans, skate shoes, baggy graphic t shirts, ETC.) compared to how I dress now (Decent watch, desert boots, jeans that fit me, basic shirts/tees/polos that fit me), you might commend my efforts. Perhaps as my taste in clothes and my bank account evolve, I'll delve into more expensive brands.
post #285 of 292
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Originally Posted by MSSneaker View Post
I've said it before and I'll say it again here, J.Crew's slim fit "broken-in" t-shirts are a great fit. They are true to size unlike mainline J.Crew.
Tried them -- fit is fine but they're thin and flimsy. Also tried Kohl's so-called "modern fit" Apt. 9 cotton/lycra blend and in medium which was the closest to my overall fit (I'm a 42R and 32W) at 6'0 and 200 lbs was very blousy in the torso and too tight/high in the arms: Best fit I've found in T-shirts so far for even a slightly athletic build is American Apparel 2001 in large, washed and dried hot to shrink it down. Will edit this with pics of that some other time.
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