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A&F T-Shirts are PERFECT!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Blackhood, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Blackhood

    Blackhood Well-Known Member

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    Ok I knew that title would get some attention.

    I like T-Shirts; plain white, grey even a navy blue now and then. The trouble is that all t-shirts I've tried (Primark, H&M, Calvin Klien 360, Ralph Lauren Polo, Purple Label Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and hundreds more) all feel too flimsy or get seriously bent out of shape after about 4 months of wear. There is one exception ... A&F. Back in my college days I had quite a few and wore them into the fucking ground. I'm talking two or three washes a week and wearing them from class to playing football in them. Bar none they survived the washing machine, the dryer and being pulled about remarkably well.

    If A&F would make a t-shirt without a logo I would buy them by the boatload, but alas they only come with that obnoxious "Hey maaaaaaaan I live on a beach because I'm a free spirit but I also like to surf and wear cologne that smells like sick" look.

    Has anyone come across a T-Shirt with the durability and robustness of A&F without the awful merchandising? I'm looking for heavy cottons, thick collar reinforcement that can take a beating daily. I prefer a shallow V-Neck but crew would be acceptable if thats all there is.

    All help is always appreciated.

    PS. A&F Sucks. I know. It is made by orphans and sold for one billion times what it is worth. I know. Please don't just shout how bad they are.
     
  2. Slippybee

    Slippybee Well-Known Member

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    Fruit of the loom heavy cotton T's.

    Cheap and durable. Pick them up for Amazon for buttons.
     
  3. Blackhood

    Blackhood Well-Known Member

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    I hadn't thought of those; I remember FotL from my school days when they made our sports gear, which I suppose had to stand up to quite a beating. I'll order a couple now!
     
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    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    Some of the heaviest-duty T-shirts I've found were from the Stafford line at JC Penney. No joke.

    /Cruiser
     
  5. bjornb17

    bjornb17 Well-Known Member

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    I honestly like American Eagle plain color t-shirts just for wearing with jeans on the weekend. The weight, fit, and drape of them is just perfect and very flattering on me. I don't really endorse the brand in any other way, though.
     
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  8. TimelesStyle

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    J Crew plain t-shirts are my favorites. I find sizing down in the regular fit is a better fit on me than going with my true size in the slim fit but your mileage may vary.

    Also, are you buying the packs of plain t-shirts (typically sold in the underwear section)? Those always tend to be thinner and flimsier than the ones sold in the main section of a store. J Crew is a prime example of this; the regular ones are great, the undershirts have many of the problems you describe.
     
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    +1
     
  10. Rambo

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    Hanes Premium at Target. 2 pack for $10. Very nice and they come in white, black, and grey.
     
  11. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    I have a few old Gap T-shirts that have held up pretty well.

    You know, I swear that on first reading, I parsed "the fucking ground" as slang for a local club you liked visiting...
     
  12. NotoriousMarquis

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    Uniqlo has T shirts for about 5 dollars that are slightly thicker, have a shallow V, and come in a variety of colors.
     
  13. TheStormnMormon

    TheStormnMormon Well-Known Member

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    You're not alone there. xD
     
  14. parmand

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    Gap tshirts have never done me wrong. I'm a big fan of their Charcoal color, and they've lasted forever (I bought a bunch back in...2006? for about 8 bucks each. They're just finally starting to wear out). Plus, no logos.

    BR seems to have some solid ones too, but I don't own any. Also: Everlane. Their stocks seems low right now, but at 15 bucks a shirt its not too shabby at all.. And the woman of the household loves my EL shirts more than any others...

    EDIT: Oh hell, just realized I mini-necroed this thread. Sorry about that...
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  15. Blackhood

    Blackhood Well-Known Member

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    Actually its good to be reminded of it.

    An update for those who are interested: Tried both the valueweight and premium shirts from Fruit of the Loom. Frankly the valueweight is terrible but the premium has a much nicer feel. Amazon allows me to pick them up at £3 each so I'm happy!
     
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    I would have said to pick up Faconnable but unfortunately they have gone the way of other high end t shirts. I have one of the originals and it still looks fantastic after 5+ years, the new ones look horrible in a month..................going to try Lands End. If anybody else has had the same experience with Faconnable and has found an alternative please post.
     
  17. VinnyMac

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    "Irregular" Hanes and Fruit of the Loom t's at Discount Dave's.
     
  18. Patek

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    BR acid wash V-neck Ts work well for me. Fit me better than J.Crew and come in a lot of different colors.
     
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    i'll be picking up some uniqlo this weekend will post opinions then
     
  20. plei89

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    You won't be disappointed. I have about 20 of them laying around somewhere... I lose plain t-shirts quickly. :satisfied:
     

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