I thought I’d shared this email from a reader who was nice enough to send in some feedback about American Apparel t-shirts. For those who are unfamilar with this brand, American Apparel has a pretty good reputation for offering good quality, nice fitting t-shirts in a wide variety of styles and colors. It seems as though they are best known for the comfort of their fine jersey t-shirts.
So, why am I sharing info about an apparel company that sells standard t-shirts? Well, for a few reasons:
- American Apparel jersey t-shirts are light-weight and can easily double as undershirts.
- They have a wide variety of colors. For those guys looking for colors other than the standard white, black, and grey, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find colors like light blue, sea foam, brown, mint, cranberry, forest, lemon, olive, light pink, asphalt, pink, lavender, slate, purple, ash grey, and navy. They offer even more colors in their crew neck t-shirt.
- I’ve gotten several emails lately from readers looking for an undershirt to replace the no longer available CK pima cotton undershirt. Although I have never tried these specific CKs, the readers who have written in describe the fabric as very “fine and thin”. The fine jersey AA uses in their t-shirts is very soft and light-weight and would likely be a suitable alternative for all you former CK pima cotton undershirt lovers.
Here’s the email:
I’ve been reading your posts off and on – I really enjoy your blog. I love t-shirts – I’ve built a great collection, and am forever in search of a softer, better-looking, better-fitting t-shirt. I wear Zimmerli t-shirts much of the time now, but after reading some good reviews, I ended up picking up several of American Apparel’s “fine cotton jersey t-shirts”: http://store.americanapparel.net/2001.html
Click on the pic of the model, and there are a bunch more pictures.
I just wanted to pass along that this is a very nice, good-quality, soft, comfortable, great-looking, great-fitting t-shirt. It’s made from medium-weight combed cotton that seems to get softer with every wash. It also has a narrow cut – it’s fit-tailored to stay closer to the body like underwear t-shirts typically are, and for guy like me with an athletic body, it’s a very pleasing look and feel. The sleeves are a little shorter and tighter than your typical t-shirt as well, and do a nice job of showing off the biceps. The neckband isn’t really high, but it’s finely ribbed and of very good quality, and it sits up on the neck a little higher, especially once it’s been washed. They are also available in numerous colors.
At $17 apiece on the AA website, they are a little expensive for undershirts, but you can buy multi-packs that bring the price down, and you can get them for around $10 on Amazon.com. I love wearing mine both casually as outerwear, and sometimes underwear as well. They’re great because if you wear a colored one as an undershirt, you’re good to go for work during the day, and if you need to do something after work, you just take off the button-front shirt and you’re cool and casual, but you still look good. It’s really a nice-looking tee.
Anyway, from another t-shirt lover, I just thought I’d pass this along. You might think about trying one if you haven’t already. These are definitely on my favorites list.
A quick note – the AA tee’s do come in extended sizes, and I suppose if you went big enough, you could get the roomy fit a lot of guys are used to with typical, American box-cut, roomy t-shirts, but just a re-emphasis that AA t-shirts are kind of slim fitting, and round guys may not appreciate them. They are definitely more flattering to bodies in the slim to athletic to regular height/weight proportionate range.
Thanks again for the great blog!