When I was a kid, we use to have thick T-shirts

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    Dec 29, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    Just recently I put on a brand new T-shirt that I got this summer. It was so stretched out, it looked like the fattest man in the world just wore it. apparently it is the new style of shirt. That Effing thin, almost transparent, light material they use for all the new t-shirts. I wipe my ass with cloth thicker then these shirts! I had this shirt for about 4 months and I have worn it maybe 20 times. I cant save it from looking like and old rag. Remember when we use to have T-Shirts that lasted a year, or more. The shit they sell today is more expensive too.

    I think this tread is totally pointless, and I know the replies will be "OMFG chill" or "What the hell are you talking about." Does anyone know what I am talking about? Does anyone have any other complaints they want to get off their chesticon_question.gif Add your Rant.

    Man I am pissed at t-shirts right now!

    Hopefully you can laugh at this.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 29, 2007 4:34 AM GMT
    Ive had tight fitting shirts that have lasted over a year with constant wear and still fit. You just have bad luck : P
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    Dec 29, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    What brand was the t-shirt? I have ones that strech to twice their size as well but i dont mind it...i wear them on the days i bum around the house. My pet peeve is the shirt that shrinks in the wash and ends up becoming too short...now THAT pisses me off...esp if the shirt is relatively new.

    Another thing that pisses me off is starting a bad book because then i HAVE to finish it so i end up getting stuck with this book i feel obliged to slave through just because i bought it.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:32 AM GMT
    "HANES BEEFY-T" t-shirts; heavy-weight cotton, fully interlocked stitches, very fade-resistant and they won't stretch out or get all warped (twisted out of shape) like the majority of tees that end up looking like the workaday tea towels I hide when company knocks at the door.

    If you like your t-shirts with funky graphics, there plenty of places that will decale or print just about anything you can think of on to your blank, high-quality t-shirts.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:39 AM GMT
    Plain old fruit-of-the-loom tees from walmart are reasonably thick and cheap enough to toss if they get rended. If you need something heavier, check out carhartt's work wear.

    BTW: The other day, I found my old high school gym shorts, issued in 1976. They were made from heavy canvas twill and just as good as new. ...until I went down for a set of squats... I guess there's something to be said for stretchiness, and/or heavier stitching...

    Anyway, according to the documentary movie "Idiocracy," in the near future, we'll all wear free disposable advertising-supported clothes from wall dispensers. Durability won't be an issue.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:43 AM GMT
    Did you wear fashionable brands of t-shirts when you were a kid? That might be your problem. I wonder if this is not so much a case of using less fabric as the years have gone by (though that's possible) as it is the fact that you wore cheaper t-shirts as a child.

    It's been my experience that though the cheaper t-shirts are thicker, that's because they're of lower-quality, coarser fabric. I've got a couple t-shirts that are cheap, and more that are expensive and I find that the more expensive ones seem to be thinner because they are made of a finer quality of cotton or other fabric.

    Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm curious as to whether that's the intervening variable in your complaint.
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    Dec 29, 2007 12:44 PM GMT
    The shirt was a gift from a friend. He says he bought it at Nordstrom. Within the past 3 years there have been this new style of t-shirts that are very light and thin.

    There is no way I wore anything fasionable or expensive as a kid. I just remember having regular t-shirts. They were not very thick, but they were heavier then the new style of t-shit today.

    It might also be because I am only in the states for the summer. So the stores might only sell light weight clothes for the season. I don't know what the reason would be, but I still hate the shirt.

    I am over it now. I agree with NYSexy- It is a bumming around shirt now.
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    The Led Zeppelin concert tee I had lasted from '73 to 82. The older and rattier it got, the cooler it was. It held up amazingly. I'm not as thrilled with today's quality. Of course, back then, the chemical mush that my armpits produce wasn't nearly as potent and the pits of the tee shirts didn't turn into rocks after a month. I blame anti-perspirants, deodorants, and detergents as much as I blame the tee shirt mfrs and my own body.
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:41 PM GMT
    Nysexy--

    I used to feel compelled to finish a book because I'd bought it. I'd sit through plays and movies too that were beyond boring. Until one day, at a Broadway play of indescribable pretention, the very good friend that I was attending it with said thoughtfully at intermission, "You know, there isn't going to be a quiz in the morning."
    I was a bit slow. I said, "What do you mean?"
    She said, "No one is going to ever find out that we didn't know how the plot came out."

    So we took a walk across the street to get a coffee, and somehow kept walking all the way down to my apartment on east 35th.

    Now, if I'm bored to distraction, I just leave. Or I don't finish the book. Just repeat her mantra:

    THERE WON'T BE A QUIZ IN THE MORNING. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:49 PM GMT
    McGay- I love your Comments. LOL!
  • GQjock

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    LOL....yeah they are paper thin
    But when you have the combination of the right size
    ...over the Right body

    They are very sexy
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    Dec 29, 2007 2:12 PM GMT
    Very True GQ, but they only last so long.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 29, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    I tend to layer and buy the $5 at Target - Jerzees I think. They are a good weight and hold up well.
  • jarhead5536

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    Dec 29, 2007 3:45 PM GMT
    That thin T-shirt from Nordstrom was thin because it's supposed to reveal all the muscle definition beneath. Thin material drapes more attractively over the body than thick material...
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    Dec 29, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    Ah...but gig
    beauty always does come with a price icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 29, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    Those thin t-shirts are a part of that stupid trend to pay mega $$ for something that looks secondhand and aged. The heavy knit shirts we wore from the 80s and 70s were great! And after years of wearing them they'd become somewhat thin and gauzy, but...it showed that you were a guy that wasn't just a trendster, you're still rockin your T from 10 years ago!

    Posers and fashion victims don't live tough and solid lives. But, because tough and solid men are sexy, they will pay out their asses in order to appropriate that identity!

    I have a Steve Harley concert T from the mid 70s that I bought at the Salvation Army and wear constantly. It's still soft and strong and when I wear it, it fits me like it was tailored on the Kings Road. That kind of longterm physical relationship between a man's body and his T-shirt can't be bought dudes. It's iconic!

    The truth is, things are just not made very well now adays. You can pay big bucks at Nordstrom for the same "Made in Malaysia" (or wherever) crap that you can find at Target, Walmart, etc in the discount bin.

    Most of my T-shirts are vintage for that very reason.

    Moral of this...don't buy into fashion trends, they're pussified an emasculating. Nordstrom is great for suits, not T-shirts, and "designer" T's are Uber-lame.
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    Dec 29, 2007 8:44 PM GMT
    I wear A&F T-shirts a lot, (I know what you are thinking "Wannabe") but I wore then before everybody else in the UK did, I wouldn't buy them now as we have a store here but before it was a bit exclusive. Though they are virtually indestructible, have had them for ages, they don't go out of shape, they don't need to be ironed, they are old, but I just can't throw them away because it would be a waste.
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    Dec 29, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    Old Navy...those t-shirts last for freakin' ever, they're inexpensive, and a decent thickness of cotton.

    Admittedly, I've never been a label queen -- at 6'4", with really long arms & legs (in comparison to my torso) and size 13 feet, I'm just happy to find something that is both attractive AND that fits me well. I don't care WHO made it.
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    Dec 30, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    The bulk of the t-shirts I own I got from my various jobs. Whether they're designed to be sturdier to hold up to the job (tend to work at places like a motorcycle garage or marina), or just made of cheaper material that's more durable if less comfortable, they've lasted years.

    Of course, everyone comments that my clothes look like crap, but I'm not gonna stop 'em from buying me new clothes if they want =)
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    Dec 30, 2007 5:49 PM GMT


    Uhm. How true. I'm a guy who grew up in the textile industry. You really don't want to know what might have been on or in that t-shirt while it was being made........

    Almost gone are tose days when you can find a pair of Eddie Bauer's made of fabric produced by
    Milliken, treated oh so carefully when bleached and coated so the fabric won't wear. Sewn in the Dominican Republic.

  • Salubrious

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    Dec 30, 2007 6:59 PM GMT
    I know what you're saying about the fabric, but I kinda enjoy it, because it's a lot softer on my skin (which gets irritated easily.
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    Dec 30, 2007 7:31 PM GMT
    it was the dominicans! that explains everything.
  • manpit209

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:48 AM GMT
    jarhead5536 saidThat thin T-shirt from Nordstrom was thin because it's supposed to reveal all the muscle definition beneath. Thin material drapes more attractively over the body than thick material...


    Have you guys looked at ads recently in men's magazines? Models are wearing these paper thing "t-shirts" all the time. It's a sex appeal thing and I guess it's fashionable to some people. I have always been confused with people who spend money on stuff that is obviously cheap material just because it's in style.

    I remember when people started to buy jeans from department stores that were pre-faded or were designed with rips and tears. The new jeans were made to look old and tattered on purpose! That never made sense to me.
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    Jan 02, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    the thin shirts layer better. If you are wearing say a thermal with a T-shirt over it - 1. the thin shirt has more stretch to it. 2. It will provide more definition - a thick shirt will only hide it. 3. A thin shirt won't be so warm.

    I guess I like the thin shirts for summer vacations - they pack nicely, you can get the wrinkles out by hanging them in the bathroom while taking a hot shower, and they come off easy. I guess, though, there's one rule I follow for buying shirts - it's gotta be cotton, wool, or leathericon_wink.gif... something natural and none of that poly-blend crap.

    All considering though... I'm just happy when I find something that doesn't look like a midriff on me. Fashion is a battle when you're 6'5...
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    Jan 02, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    death_dodge saidIve had tight fitting shirts that have lasted over a year with constant wear and still fit. You just have bad luck : P


    I have t-shirts that are older than you are. Seriously. So I agree that they don't make them like they used to.

    On another related topic, the size creep is getting ridiculous. I can understand maybe "Medium" changing, but "32 inch waist" changing is absurd.