For those unfamiliar with the brand, the jT undershirt from Collected Threads has been around for a long time. I first covered the product line way back in August 2008, and again in September and October of the same year.
The premise behind scoop-neck undershirts is that they have a similar “U” shaped collar line that is present and similar to tank tops, but with a wider neck opening and made into an undershirt with sleeves. Think of it as a cross between a crew neck undershirt and a tank top.
Well I’ve been in contact with the founder of Collected Threads over the years, and he recently reached out to me to share some new news:
Hope all is well and thanks for the free press over the years! Thought I’d let you know in the last two months we’ve made some big leaps to take this from a hobby to a full time gig. We’re on massive sales and marketing campaign that will bring the jT mainstream.
I wanted to call to your attention a few changes to the jT from Collected Threads:
- More fitted cut reduces slack around the waist
- We heard the length complaints and made them longer to stay tucked
- Tagless, of course
- Reduced colret width minimizes lines behind thin shirts
- Fresh colors coming in March. Look for gray and black in addition to white
- Complete website overhaul
- Complete packaging overhaul
- Price: $
11.99$18/per. jT Product/Buy page
- Price Discount: As low as $10/each (volume discounts available)
- A super low neck undershirt with sleeves, the jT gives you maximum sweat protection while staying out of sight
- Soft 100% Combed Cotton
- Fitted cut contours to your body
- Tagless label for added comfort
jT Initial Observations
Although I won’t have the chance to do an official review on the jT, I did give it a test drive and wore it all day recently. Here are some of my initial thoughts:
- Lightweight and breathable. Good overall fabric weight. Slightly stretchy fabric too, something I like in 100% cotton jersey undershirts
- Feels good on the skin right out of the box
- Good body/torso fit
- Sleeves good length, but with a close body fit, I kinda hoped the sleeves fit more snugly. Though, not really a make or break characteristic
- Very open collar line. Sides of collar opening sat wide on my shoulders. Felt a little like the shirt would fall over the sides of my arms, but of course it never did
- Front Drop. With two buttons fully open on my outer shirt (which is what I was wearing), you could still see the top part of the jT undershirt collar line. Undershirt collar line is fully hidden with one button undone on outer shirt.
- Wash test/shrinkage: TBD – I haven’t washed the jT yet
Well, I’m a bit conflicted about this. The term “invisible” as it pertains to undershirts is used in two different contexts: 1) neutral color, like tan or nude or heather grey so the undershirt doesn’t show through lighter colored outer shirts, and 2) open or deeper collar design so the collars don’t show through.
With it’s more pronounced collar opening, the collar seams of the jT can be somewhat visible under a lighter colored outer shirt — no more so than a tank top — and maybe slightly more than a v-neck. I had a light-colored plaid outer shirt on, and I could see the outlines of the collar. Again, it wasn’t any different than when I wear a tank top, and I was in casual attire, so the faint lines did not bother me at all.
To be fully “invisible”, I think my Utopian definition of that would be that you could not see the undershirt collar with your shirt open or close, nor could you see any lines of the undershirt through a lighter-colored outer shirt. I didn’t get both with the jT, so I’d be hard-pressed to go all-in saying it was truly invisible under my shirt.
If you have any other questions about the jT, post them in the comments below.