Some weekend wisdom from The Fonz.
Q and Answer: What’s the best white tee?
D2F asks: Do you have any suggestions for good, long lasting plain white t’s?
Most white tees simply won’t last too long. White will yellow with laundering, sweat and soil no matter what you do. Good laundry habits will certainly help (wash your shirts soon after wearing), but the white t-shirt is essentially a disposable item.
With that in mind, I have three recommendations.
For everyday wear, I really like Alternative Apparel, which is why we’re selling them this week. They’re very, very soft, a little bit fine with nice stretch, have a reasonably slim fit and are a nice medium between long enough to tuck in and too long to wear untucked.
If you prefer a stouter cloth, I really like the Kirkland brand tees sold at Costco. They’re a little boxier and a lot heavier. They’re not really soft, but they’re very sturdy and very cheap. They’ve been replaced in my wardrobe by Alternative, but are still a very solid choice.
For undershirts, I’ve been really happy with the shirts that our long-time advertiser Ribbed Tee have sent me. They’re about ten bucks apiece, and they’re designed as undershirts, not as undershirt-outershirt hybrids. That means they’re pretty long and they’re ribbed to fit close. As I wrote before, I love the softness of the modal-blend shirts, but they also pill a bit and feel a little clammy. The original ribbed all-cotton model feels soft for a ribbed tee, but not as soft as a non-ribbed tee. They just sent me their Retro model, which is a poly-cotton blend, and they’ve done a nice job of recreating that favorite 80s t-shirt feeling there, if that’s your preference. If you’re looking for an undershirt, though, I haven’t seen any better.
Otherwise, just get your white tees from Bubble’s Depot.
The Summer of White Tees 2011: It’s ON!
Once again, we’re offering a special deal for readers of Put This On who want to refresh their supply of white tees for the summer. Thanks to my wholesale account at my favorite t-shirt vendor, we can get you a special deal on this wardrobe staple.
Here’s how it works: we’re doing a group buy of Alternative Apparel white t-shirts. We’re only offering V-Neck and Crew Neck in white (size chart here). Order as many as you want, shipping is a flat six bucks per style. The price is $9.90, less than half of retail.
There will be a ONE WEEK order period for the sale, and then we’ll put the order in with Alternative, who will ship us the shirts so we can ship them to you. Expect to receive your shirts in about SIX WEEKS. We’re not a retailer, this is a group buy, so they have to come to us first, then go out to you.
One note: if you’re international (including Canada), we will ship to you this time around, but please be sure to choose the “international” option when you chose your shirt style.
“Thanks to you, when I needed a new pair of jeans recently, I bought my first pair of Levi’s shrink to fit 501’s. I did the thing where one gets them wet and lets them dry to fit, and I’ve never been happier with a pair of pants in my life! These jeans, coupled with a plain white tshirt and some decent shoes makes me feel like I’m the next in a long line of great young American men. Like Kerouac or James Dean.”— A reader/viewer named Alex… the next in a long line of great young American men!
Summer of White Tees
I’m a big fan of white t-shirts, especially in summer, and a big fan of Alternative Apparel. Given the success of our last go-round with an Alternative Apparel group buy, I thought I’d join those two fandoms into one beginning-of-spring effort.
Here’s the deal: the Alternative Apparel white crew t-shirt is my t-shirt of choice. The fabric is as good as anything else on the market, including $60-100 designer t-shirts from Barney’s. It’s significantly better, in my opinion, than American Apparel. I really like it. The cut is long enough for most folks to wear as an undershirt, short enough that it doesn’t look silly on its own. It’s slim, but not exaggeratedly so. It’s also outrageously soft. I wear them on their own, and as an undershirt.
We’re going to do a group buy of these awesome shirts. The shirts retail at $19.99 each, so I thought we’d offer them for a little less than half that - $9.90. We can get wholesale pricing on a large order, which lets us get them to you cheaper. Shipping will be five bucks, flat. We’re offering crew and v-necks - I don’t want you people showing your underwear when your collar’s open.
As in the past, it will work like this: you place your order by Wednesday at 4PM pacific. Then we stop taking orders and put in our order with Alternative. When they show up a week or two later, we ship them out. You get them in about a month. Continental US only. Sound like a plan? I recommend you just buy half a dozen so you’re set for the year - I’ve got more than that, to be perfectly frank.