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    Default Solid Quality T-Shirts

    My past favorites were Patagonia's Recycled Cotton Tee and JCrew's Broken-in Tee. The Patagonia no longer comes in slim fit & in regular fit, small fits me like a mumu, and most versions have stupid logos all over them. The JCrew is now made with a lighter weight fabric that lacks durability with the addition of inconsistent shrinkage - but the slim-fit sizing is good.

    Mack Weldon gets good reviews, but I think that's because Mack Weldon writes most of those reviews.

    Bonobos?

    More than $50 per t-shirt makes me queasy. $35-45 is better. I wear t-shirts all the time. I like a nice slim fit. No extra flappy fabric, especially on the sleeves and waist.

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    Bombas makes excellent quality, pretty slim-fitting t-shirts in both cotton and merino. The prices aren't awful and, like their socks and underpants, they donate 1 for every 1 purchased. I use these all summer long (socks, underwear, and t-shirts) and they survive pretty solid abuse.
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    ^^^ thanks for that! I do like Bombas socks.
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    The last four T-Shirts I bought were all Icebreaker merino. The price in the UK is a bit above $50 but I find them more comfortable than cotton ones. I wear them on their own when it is warm or under a shirt as a base layer for half the year. The other half of the year finds me wearing long-sleeved merino under my shirt.

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    If you don't feel the need to go with designer t-shirts, I suggest Comfort Colors 1717 from t-shirtwholesalers.com
    Over the years I've gotten quite a few from these guys and they're legit.

    https://www.t-shirtwholesaler.com/t-...cotton-t-shirt

    The shirts are relatively heavyweight (6.1 oz / yard and I use them during the winter, but for non-St Louis summers they're probably fine year-round)

    100% ringspun cotton
    Preshrunk, soft-washed, garment-dyed fabric
    Set-in sleeves
    Double-needle stitched sleeves and bottom hem
    Twill taped shoulder-to-shoulder
    1" ribbed collar with double-needle topstitched neckline

    The best part is that they come in a zillion different colors and are less than $8 each, with discounts if you buy a bunch.


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    Check out Buck Mason - the curved hem tees are my fave.
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    These are good suggestions. Thanks.
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    You can always go on wholesale clothing websites and just buy a few or even one each of any brand. I do this all the time for clients so that they can actually try and wear the product before printing.

    I always recommend Next Level tri blend or the CVC shirt. Just really comfortable, last long, and fits most body types really well. Plus you aren't paying $50+ for a stupid t shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COVRTDESIGN View Post
    You can always go on wholesale clothing websites and just buy a few or even one each of any brand. I do this all the time for clients so that they can actually try and wear the product before printing.

    I always recommend Next Level tri blend or the CVC shirt. Just really comfortable, last long, and fits most body types really well. Plus you aren't paying $50+ for a stupid t shirt.
    Which websites and anyone can access?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cash View Post
    Which websites and anyone can access?
    https://www.shirtspace.com/

    https://www.blankstyle.com/

    These are my two go to sites for single and small quantity purchases. It is free and open to anyone to order from, and you don't need a commercial account to order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COVRTDESIGN View Post
    https://www.shirtspace.com/

    https://www.blankstyle.com/

    These are my two go to sites for single and small quantity purchases. It is free and open to anyone to order from, and you don't need a commercial account to order.
    prices are great on these websites. not knowing many of the brands, what is your recommendation for a generic cotton t-shirt?

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    Thank you.
    Best Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt6267a View Post
    prices are great on these websites. not knowing many of the brands, what is your recommendation for a generic cotton t-shirt?
    I always recommend anything by Next Level, especially their tri blend or CVC or any of the cotton shirts. Bella and Canvas is a really good alternative as well. Do NOT ever go with Hanes, FOTL or Gildan, they just have too many junk shirts that it's hard to find one of their good ones, unless you know exactly which one you already like.

    The best part about going through the wholesale sites is that if you don't like the shirt, it was only around $5 instead of $25-$50 for the same one from some box store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COVRTDESIGN View Post
    You can always go on wholesale clothing websites and just buy a few or even one each of any brand. I do this all the time for clients so that they can actually try and wear the product before printing.

    I always recommend Next Level tri blend or the CVC shirt. Just really comfortable, last long, and fits most body types really well. Plus you aren't paying $50+ for a stupid t shirt.
    +1 on the tri blend t-shirts.

    Not quite as soft as high-zoot super-soft cotton, but very close. That's what I use as pajama tops.

    I got some Hanes MO100 and Bella & Canvas 3413C from Shirt Space (see links below) and would be hard pressed to tell the difference between them.

    The only thing about tri blend fabric shirts is that I wouldn't consider them quite ready for any rough-and-tumble "wear while working around the house or outside" use. They're super comfy, but not tough work T's.

    https://www.shirtspace.com/hanes/t-s...iblend-t-shirt

    https://www.shirtspace.com/bella-can...iant_id=309912

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mabouya View Post
    +1 on the tri blend t-shirts.

    Not quite as soft as high-zoot super-soft cotton, but very close. That's what I use as pajama tops.

    I got some Hanes MO100 and Bella & Canvas 3413C from Shirt Space (see links below) and would be hard pressed to tell the difference between them.

    The only thing about tri blend fabric shirts is that I wouldn't consider them quite ready for any rough-and-tumble "wear while working around the house or outside" use. They're super comfy, but not tough work T's.

    https://www.shirtspace.com/hanes/t-s...iblend-t-shirt

    https://www.shirtspace.com/bella-can...iant_id=309912
    Good point! I haven't personally used most of my tri-blend shirts for more than lounging around, but then again I'm not much of a t shirt only guy, mostly button up or dickies short sleeve work shirts over a moisture wicking shirt.

    I have seen and heard great things about the tri blends from clients as they wear them for everything daily, but who knows what stress they put their clothing through.

    Dickies work t shirts are my go to recommendation for clients who are looking to put their shirts through the paces, like for my farm sanctuary clients, mechanics, bike mechanics, and people who are doing "rough and tumble" work.

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    A bit over your desired price point, but they seem to have a fair few happy customers who wanted a better fit: https://www.sonofatailor.com/

    No first hand experience, however.
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