My quest for the perfect tee-shirt is never-ending, you guys. Pickwick & Weller closed this spring and that was a bummer because I loved their tees. In an attempt to see what's my current fave, I pulled six from my closet and photographed each of them in the exact same setting. This was a REALLY good idea because I got to see wow, that's a fail, or WOW that's win. Nothing like photos to put things into perspective.
These six tees are ones that I have had for at least two months and have found myself reaching for. All have been washed and dried many times. (None have been ironed since I have no time for that.) All are in neutral colors because I have realized I am so much more comfortable in white and grey than in brights.
Below are my notes for each shirt going from top to bottom and left to right. As I am sure you've guessed, links are affiliate.
Old Navy Slub Knit Crew Pocket Tee $6 (60% cotton, 40% Modal®.) | SIX DOLLARS. These are the sort of prices that trick you into buying 14 in every color. It was PERFECT the first time I wore it but it shrunk in the wash a bit and now it's just too short and a little too boxy to be something I want to wear all the time.
Madewell SkarGorn #44 Tee $40 (100% cotton) | This was my attempt to see if an expensive tee was "better." Nope. It didn't hold up well in the wash and it's just not right.
Everlane the Cotton V $15 (100% Supima Cotton) | Getting there. I like this tee and all the shirts I have purchased from Everlane. This has been washed 10+ times and still has that slouchy fit that I like. Plus, great price and made in the USA.
Madewell Slub V-neck $30 (100% cotton) | Super winner. I have this in white too and love the fit and pocket detail. Holds up really well in the wash and stays soft. I also like the sleeve legth.
Topshop V-Neck Tee $20 (100% viscose rayon) | Another winner. It's not cotton but it's flattering and feels great. The washing instructions say to dry flat, but I tumble dry it and haven't noticed a major fit difference. I am a BIG fan of this one and feel of all of them this tee could be "dressed up" successfully.
American Apparel Unisex Tri-Blend V-neck $24 (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon) | This used to be my tee of choice. It's been washed no less than 75 times since I bought it four years ago. I love that it never wrinkles, doesn't shrink and the grey is perfect. I think my biggest issue now is I wish it was bigger (see how it just fit's too tight? You can see the waistband of my shorts). I should size up.
Lesson learned? Stop buying tees. BUT, when I do need one again, at least I know where to start. I don't care what a tee looks like off the rack. I care what it looks like out of the dryer. It's so interesting to compare them side-by-side.
Any favorite brands I am missing? I'd love to hear.