Author Topic: Let's Talk about Shirts  (Read 999 times)

teltic

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Let's Talk about Shirts
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:58:25 PM »
Alright.  I usually wait until Slickdeals has some good deal of cheap shirts to buy (Most deals from come JCPenney, Kohls, or Macy's).  I remember getting 3 long sleeve shirts for $10, and 5 short sleeve shirts for like $18 or something...

Anyway I've noticed that they fade within a year or two, then I want to buy new clothes that don't look like a faded piece of shit (I air dry all my clothes).

Walmart sometimes sells Fruit of the Loom long sleeve shirt for $5, but after a couple washes they are completely shit as well.


I have a Hurley (Hobie by Hurley) sweatshirt an ex girlfriend gave to me ~5 years ago, and it's still my favorite shirt to wear!  Is it because it's a fancy pants brand?  I did notice it is 65% polyester/35% cotton, and my other clothes I get is 100% cotton...  Is polyester the secret sauce I've been missing?  Or is it simply Hurley has better quality clothes?  Even if I pay $30 a sweatshirt, I think I'd be better off buying Hurleys than cheapo shirts from Kohls.

Since Black Friday is coming... I was curious if anyone has any suggestions!

thank you :)


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Re: Let's Talk about Shirts
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2018, 04:35:49 PM »
Buy thiings that are comfortable and keep you warm.

MrSal

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Re: Let's Talk about Shirts
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2018, 12:19:30 AM »
It's just a quality. Kohl's clothing gets bad even after a few users. The sleeves lose the elasticity, in long sleeves...

I rather buy clothes back in my country whenever I'm there... I have t shirts and long sleeves going for almost 15 years and I still use them very regularly. 100% cotton and it feels as smooth as seven I first bought them.

Prefer to buy a bit more expensive but good quality

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Re: Let's Talk about Shirts
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2018, 02:13:58 AM »
Wash in colder water, and with a detergent that doesn't include bleaching agents (eg anything which claims "brighter whites").  If you are air-drying outside, turn things inside out to prevent sun bleaching.

Cotton will fade eventually anyway.  But polyester sheds minute plastic particles into the environment which get back into the food chain, so avoid if possible.

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Re: Let's Talk about Shirts
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2018, 11:28:01 AM »
It's worth knowing that there are many different levels within different fiber types. You can have two different 100% cotton shirts that behave very differently and it's down to the actual thread that was used to weave or knit the garment. Basically, cheaper cottons are created from shorter fibers and more expensive cottons are created from longer fibers.

Try searching online for articles comparing different shirt brands of the type you want (i.e. tshirts, dress shirts, etc) I often find good articles breaking down the differences between brands. Then once you have landed on one or two options that seem like a good match for what you want see if you can sign up on their website for email alerts and get in on their good sales.

My dad had to dress up for work and he loved the Land's End dress shirts. They wore very well and you can machine wash them. I don't know what they are like these days. Dad has been retired for over a decade.

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Re: Let's Talk about Shirts
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2018, 12:55:07 PM »
If you are talking about knits, like t shirts and sweatshirts, it is generally true that polyester will hold eye better/fade less than cotton.