Originally Posted by mk.ultra
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.