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T-Shirt Obsession Confession

A few years ago I developed a bit of an obsession with wearing long-sleeved, solid colored, fitted, t-shirts. I have lots of perfectly good (in my own mind) reasons for this, including: comfort, cost, simplicity, laziness, signature, convenience, etc.   I remember reading online about a guy who was a successful advertising exec (or something like that) in New York City and he recommended acquiring a “signature look” so people would remember you. His happened to be black shirts and he said that it got to the point that whenever he DIDN’T wear a black shirt…people he knew wouldn’t even recognize him because they were only expecting to see him in black.  For some reason that has always stuck with me and helped me rationalize my obsession/behavior/actions.

It started out innocently enough. At first I would only buy the “best” crew neck Tee’s from The Gap in lots of different colors.  Eventually I switched over to Old Navy’s Tee’s because they were cheaper and you could buy them in TALL sizes. (I hate shirts that are too short!) But the last couple of times I have purchased them, I’ve been disappointed.  It seems like each time I order them they are made from a different type of fabric that becomes increasingly thinner and thinner with each  order.  So basically the quality of the shirts has gone down, while the price stays the same.  My other frustration…the lack of colors.  I end up ordering colors I really don’t like all that much (like puce) because they are the only ones available.

So Saturday I was at the new WalMart that just opened in town (yes, I live in a pretty small town, and yes, getting a Wal-Mart is a big deal here!) buying a wedding shower gift when I happened by the women’s long-sleeved T’s.  They weren’t in a pretty display. They weren’t even hung on hangers.  They were rolled up nice and tight and secured with a piece of plasticized paper that you couldn’t get off unless you were carrying a very sharp pair of scissors with you! The thing that first caught my eye was the wide array of colors!  I think there were at least a dozen different really PRETTY colors! They I glanced at the price and had to do a double-take.  $5.97??   REALLY?  Well, I was intrigued but dubious to say the least. There had to be SOMETHING majorly lacking in these t’s to be so cheap. Since the packaging of them didn’t even allow me to see them beyond their tightly balled up state…I was pretty certain they couldn’t come close to my current Old Navy collection.  But….at that price….I was willing to take a small gamble. I bought one in white and one in black.

The picture below pretty much sums it up for me.  3 shirts….three very different prices….and yet, believe it or not, the Wal-mart one is by far my favorite of the 3!  I couldn’t believe it.  When I got them home and tried them on they were the right size, the right fit, the right length, the right fabric, the right neckline (I don’t like them too scoopy!)   They only problem was I was kicking myself for not buying one in every color! :-)   Something I am going to remedy this weekend.

You’re probably scratching your head about now, wondering why I just devoted 4 paragraphs to my little apparel dilemma. Good question.

Let’s just chalk it up to finding JOY in the LITTLE things in life.

Sometimes that’s as simple as a really good shirt at a really good price……and sometimes that’s all we’ve got…and I’ll take it. :-)

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  • I buy my T-Shirts mostly in the Men’s dept.. Why, men’s shirts are a bit longer, oftentimes a dollar or to cheaper & almost always the material is preshrunk before making the T’s.. Lately they have even had more colors to choose from. Love getting Hanes and or Gilden. Because of the lower prices I don’t have to worry as much if while wearing they get stained while working around the house and yard.

  • Monica Bryanthttps://onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/12/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things-giveaway.html#comment-56983 says:

    I know quite a few people that work for Walmart, and they love working there. The unions have put it out there that Walmart treats their employees horrible because they won’t join the unions.

    With that being said….I buy a lot of clothes at WM. I am a single mom and need to save money wherever and whenever I can! I have a weird shaped body and their jeans fit perfectly! I usually gain weight before they wear out! Their t’s are super because they’re Hanes!

  • I love your blog! I read it everyday! Thank you! I just wanted to mention that the reason they are so cheap at Walmart is because they are able to keep their costs down by treating their employees VERY badly. They are known for their terrible labor practices. I encourage you to google this. I live in NY and it’s a big fight everytime they try to open a store here. No one wants them. I’m psyched for you for finding shirts that work for you but maybe get them at another retailer that respects human beings and has some semblence of ethics. Especially one that respects women.

  • I am also crazy about great fitting tshirts at a great price. I do almost exclusively thrift/consignment shopping – probably 90% of everything I wear is bought that way. Basics, like t’s, have been an ongoing love and especially high-end looking/feeling ones, so being willing to wear used has been a godsend, because the day will NEVER come when I pay $40-$60 for a tee. You can tell when you ought to buy something if your pinboard is absolutely full of a particular item – mine would be the tee. Factor in that I have to work in black or white tops with sleeves, and a nice weight tee is the go-to. I’m tickled to hear about these for the looks that need a nice weight tee that wears well without becoming shapeless. Most of the tees I have now are thrifted Old Navy, Gap, and Ann Taylor models. I am also one of those crazy bohemian layering people, so I’ll remember what you said about the Old Navy ones being thin, because thin works best for summer layering. I also like that the WM tees are long sleeved – I can cut them to 3/4 or shorter as necessary because sometimes it’s hard to find the right fit in the right sleeve length. Finally, this is a good price to get duplicate tee’s for the remake projects that I want to do that require two identical tee’s. Once again, Jillee, sharing your blessing is blessing others of us. Thanks a million!

  • I hate buying a summer wardrobe and a winter wardrobe so I use black (Black works for me because I only wear black… its been my work dress code for 10 years and it eventually took over my entire wardrobe lol) long sleeve fitted tee’s to bridge the gap, especially with my short sleeve/sleeveless dresses. I love to layer, but I hate to FEEL layered (I’m a weird picky person.) It took me forever to find tee’s I liked… they needed to be stretchy and fitted so I could wear them with a jumper and not look like I have a giant shirt underneath it. Around Christmas 2011 I visited H&M on a shopping trip with my fam and fell in LOVE with their tee’s, they have many different styles and quite a few color combos. You should check those out! I’ve washed them TONS of times with my homemade detergent and they’re still perfectly black. (I usually have to take all of my washable black clothing every 6 months or so and soak it in black dye… just to amp up the color a bit… Its fun)

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