The Basic T-Shirt
Who doesn’t own and wear at least one T-shirt? Someone once said “to err is divine, to wear a t-shirt is just plain comfortable.” Ok, I made that up, but it’s true, what feels better than a good, old-fashioned basic t-shirt? As far as I’m concerned, nothing!
How do you know if a T-shirt is of high quality? How do you know how it will wear over time? What are the best basic brands? Here are some thoughts to consider:
A high quality basic t-shirt doesn’t have to be expensive, just well-made and constructed with the right fabric. So what does well-made mean? Typically, this means that it has a seamless collar, taped neck and shoulders, and double needle stitching throughout the entire garment. As far as the fabric is concerned, you will want to look for pre-shrunk 100% cotton jersey fabric, and ideally, ring spun or combed cotton. Ring spinning and combing are methods that add softness to the cotton, in which, they are noticeably softer than basic cotton. Many manufacturers make T-shirts with ring spun or combed cotton, but I like the Hanes Beefy-T, the Devon & Jones Vintage Tee, and the American Apparel Fine Jersey Tee for women. All of these are very soft, and only get better with repeated washings.