Here’s an email exchange I shared with a reader who was looking for a good-quality, lycra tank top/a-shirt:
Hey…I was trying to find some new undershirts on the web and came across your site.
Hopefully you can help me. I’ve been wearing Merona (bought from Target) a-shirts that I’ve had for about 3-4 years now, and they are completely worn out.
They are made of 93% cotton & 7% lycra.
I bought a new style of the same Merona a-shirts, but they are now 95% cotton and 5% lycra and I don’t like them at all.
It’s hard for me to believe that the 2% difference in lycra content make such a difference, but over the course of a couple of hours these new shirts stretch out like they are 100% cotton.
Do you know of any brands out there that have a good spandex/lycra make-up, that do not stretch out.
I’m not looking to spend an arm & leg, but I may have to. I just can’t seem to find what I’m looking for.
I did see one made by Champion, but they are $15 a piece.
Thanks for any help.
Hey there, Thanks for your email!
I’ll have to do some digging to see if I can find any tank top undershirts with that particular blend. Like you, most of the tank blends I’ve seen are the 95/5. I recently bought a pair of Evolve boxers from Target that are 95/5 and they are really comfortable and don’t stretch out during daily wear. You might want to pay Target a visit to see if Evolve makes a tank with the same blend as I’d assume they’d use the same fabric for their undershirts and underwear to keep manufacturing costs down.
Also, although out of your price range ($31), there is one tank that I know of off hand that has a 93% micromodal & 7% lycra brand. It’s from Tommy John Wear (http://www.tommyjohnwear.com/Tank-Top-Stay-Tucked-P220.aspx). I tried their regular undershirt not too long ago and it’s a near perfect blend from a comfort point of view.
Let me look around and see what else I can find. I’ll get back to you in a few days if I find something.
[Then a second follow-up email]
I found a 93/7 2(x)ist tank top undershirt available on freshpair.com. it’s not a plain color, but it is the blend you’re looking for.
He emailed me back over a couple of days:
Hey man…I truly appreciate your help.
To be honest, I didn’t expect to get a reply when I sent the email. You just don’t find many people anymore who go out of their way to help others without getting anything in return.
I’ll definitely look into these shirts. Thank you again, very much!!!
[His follow-up email]
My wife picked up a package of the Evolve undershirts (95/5 blend) from Target today.
I obviously haven’t had a chance to give them much of a test drive, or see how they hold up to washing, but straight out of the bag they seem every bit as “stretchy” and form-fitting as the old 97/3 blend Merona’s I have and love.
They are much better than the 95/5 Merona’s I bought a while back, and I think they are exactly what I’m looking for…time will tell.