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SandiMacD
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Date: 3/27/13 9:54 AM

I just have to ask this- it is about fabric in a way. When we lived in MT we would make the 3+ hr trek to the big city a few times a year. About every 2 years we hit Old Navy or similar in May or June and bought a 2 year supply of T shirts. Nothing fancy- muted colors, no logos. They were thick, soft, cozy and only available from about May to Aug. Come Fall they were either out or wrong size, etc until next May. Used them year round either alone or to layer under shirts.

So we moved to FL in July and went to replace our T-shirts last month. Tried Old Navy, outlets, regular dept store malls and big box discounts. Seems like everything in stock is really thin, some nearly see through, doesn't have a nice hand or drape- overall a poor quality. They would not begin to keep me warm in our 40-50 degree winters or AC buildings in summer.

So is that the norm for the stores selling in warmer climates? For FL stores? Or is it the new norm for the whole US? Do those of you in colder climates have better quality T-shirts in your stores?

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Date: 3/27/13 10:29 AM

Our regular T-shirts seem to be a good quality fabric. However if buying them packages like wearing for undershirts those seem a bit thinner. I wonder if the company makes any difference ... like Fruit of the Loom Vs. Hanes Vs generic brand ? DH prefers Fruit of the Loom brand name.
Maybe you will have to order them online? I wonder if Meijer Thrifty Acres has they are a northern based store chain & found out on another post they do sell online now. ???

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Date: 3/27/13 10:44 AM

I'm having a harder time finding decent quality t-shirts for DH. For colder months he needs a 50/50 blend & most stores seem to only sell 100% cotton. (In our area anyway.) Many of the new t-shirts are thinner & I've shopped local thrift stores on a reg. basis to locate what he's looking for.

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Date: 3/27/13 11:03 AM

Penneys line of Stafford tee shirts are a nice weight. They also offer the heavy weight ones online. Those would do nicely for your husband.

As for women's tee shirts, see through seems to be the norm---so I do not buy see through clothes.

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Date: 3/27/13 11:22 AM

Is Stafford a better quality than Fruit of the Loom , Learn? May be a good investment. ????

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Date: 3/27/13 11:45 AM

We think so. These are the heavy weight ones for winter time.
tee shirts heavy

Rgeular weight, v neck preferred, size L.
tee shirts

They also carry everyday tee shirts for outerwear. Just in case I did not understand the question earlier.
outerwear

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Date: 3/27/13 2:12 PM

I noticed a couple of years ago that the Old Navy Tees were shockingly thin. So I went to Eddie Bauer. Surprise! Even those were shockingly thin, especially considering they were 4 times the price of the Old Navy Tees. I also ordered some from Banana Republic on-line, which I then returned because they were flimsy--and also so long over my hips that it was ridiculous. And I am not short. In addition to being thin, they all seem to be extremely long these days. Well over the hips which is not a good look on my more--ahem--"mature" figure.

I scour my neighborhood thrift stores for older Tees in pristine condition. It isn't easy but after a year or so dedicated to the search I have several. Many of them seem to be older Anne Taylor.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:14 PM

In winter (and in fact most of the year round) I wear t-shirts made of merino wool, not cotton. They're warm, wear and wash well, and layer well. I've given up on finding decent thick cotton in most shops.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:23 PM

The quality of all brands has gone downhill, pricey and designer brands. I guess they can get away with it because it's the #1 top
everywhere and all ages. Also Fruit of the Loom and Hanes underwear have gone downhill. If only we could protest to mfgs. by going without, like we can with other buying choices....??!!
Hopefully Lulu with set off more protests.

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Date: 3/27/13 5:37 PM

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In winter (and in fact most of the year round) I wear t-shirts made of merino wool, not cotton.

That sounds amazing! I don't think wool t-shirts exist in North America, or would be extremely hard to find anyway.

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