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The Best Basics

Written by Mr. WellCultured, Friday, October 23rd, 2009 in Q&As

Where can I get good t-shirts and other stuff like that?

I hate to say this, because I’m not a big fan of the company, but American Apparel.

When it really boils down to it, American Apparel has what I have found to be some of the best quality available in the market for what they sell: the absolute undiluted basics. I personally own some American Apparel stuff that is exactly what you want it to be: slim fitting, simple, and long lasting.

That being said, be VERY wary of American Apparel. While the brand is great quality-wise, it is also generally rather expensive and also often very tacky. While their basics in the simple colors are great, American Apparel has a horrible habit of selling very strange/ugly colors and/or very ugly special hipster-esque designs.

If you can’t get your hands on American Apparel (or if the brand is too expensive), I’ve heard some people like the Hanes brand. Alternatively, many mid-tier stores like Banana Republic and J.Crew sell the basics occasionally- feel free to check them out, pending you try them on first.

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2 Responses to The Best Basics

  1. Wallingford says:

    A few months ago, I bought some t-shirts from Banana Republic. I have to say that they are probably the best fitting and most comfortable t-shirts I own.

  2. wallaby says:

    Depends on what you mean by “good,” though I’m going to assume you mean “fashion-wise” in this case.

    Personally, I think “unique but not tacky” = “good,” and so I try to buy T-shirts at online stores like DesignbyHumans and Threadless. Not only do they have a lot of variety, but they usually look a hell of a lot better than your typical Hollister/AE graphic tees, plus you support designers and artists by buying from these stores. Quality-wise… I can’t speak for Threadless, but DbH leaves a little bit to be desired with their soft yet stretchy (and probably not long-lived) material. Probably a good idea to separate your work shirts from your fashionable shirts.

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