Where can I get good, cheap, solid-color men's t-shirts?
November 3, 2011 9:50 PM   Subscribe

Where can I get good, cheap, solid-color men's crew-neck t-shirts? I like these GAP t-shirts, but am looking for a better deal than $17.

I like the above linked GAP t-shirts for the following reasons:

- Fit: I'm skinny and other t-shirts tend to look baggy one me or have loose necks
- Comfort: They are soft and don't have a tag behind the neck
- Look: They come in stylish colors and are nicely faded
- Durability: They have lasted pretty well after multiple wearings and washes

Where can I get a similar t-shirt for less than the $17 that GAP charges?
posted by lunchbox to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (24 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Did you see you can currently get 35% off the Gap price (making them about eleven bucks) with that sale code on the top of the page? And if you spend over $50, shipping is free.
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:55 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]

Dickies t-shirts. About 8 bucks a piece and pretty tough. My black ones stay black.
posted by codswallop at 9:55 PM on November 3, 2011

Target has pretty good t-shirts for women. They may have a similar line for men.
posted by bendy at 10:05 PM on November 3, 2011

In Canada at least H&M usually has basic Ts in nice colours for 6 or 7 bucks, never bought one though so can't speak to quality.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:19 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

I second Target. My husband has similar criteria to you and he's been liking the Jerzees shirts I've brought home recently. They are usually $5 but sometimes go on sale for $4!
posted by pinky at 4:31 AM on November 4, 2011

J. Crew always has t-shirts on sale. They come in a rainbow of "broken-in" colors, don't have tags, last pretty well, and they also come in slim fit. Wait for one of their "30% off Sale Items" sales and you're talking $10.50 to $13.30 each:

Regular Tee
Regular with Pocket
Slim Regular Tee
Slim Regular with Pocket
posted by The Michael The at 4:31 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Seconding H&M. The prices are good and the clothes tend to have more of the athletic cut that you're looking for.
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 4:45 AM on November 4, 2011

Have you looked at old navy? They often have shirts on sale for five bucks a pop, plain crew necks and such.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:53 AM on November 4, 2011

Target and H&M would be my recommendations. The Jerzees shirts are okay, but not very fitted. The Mossimo and Merona ones usually have a more athletic fit.
posted by naturalog at 5:10 AM on November 4, 2011


All of the major brands, usually in the $3-6 range.
posted by doctor_negative at 6:04 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

American Apparel would probably fit all your style requirements, but they aren't known for being cheap. I own some AA stuff and have found it reasonably durable. Might be worth checking out.
posted by toomuchkatherine at 7:08 AM on November 4, 2011

While cheap wasn't a criteria, I got some good ideas in this question I recently asked. The L.L. Bean shirts are really nice, cheaper than gap, snug around the neck, really comfortable and hey, free shipping!
posted by Jacob G at 7:10 AM on November 4, 2011

Duluth Trading Co. has decent stuff.
posted by Danf at 8:03 AM on November 4, 2011

I buy Mr. jane's tees from t-shirtwholesaler, like doctor_negative recommended.. but then he's a big and tall, not slim like you requested. Take a look at the various tees, I'm sure you'll find the style you are looking for.
posted by sarajane at 9:33 AM on November 4, 2011

mr jane is big and tall, I have no idea about doctor_negative.
posted by sarajane at 9:34 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Wait for Gap to have a sale. Which is all the time. Get on their email list. (Wearing a black Gap t-shirt right now.)
posted by radioamy at 9:40 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I got a bunch at Target. Good quality, very inexpensive.
posted by santaliqueur at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2011

I've been wearing Old Navy's $6 class tees for a few years and I love them. I don't really care for Old Navy in general, but they do these right.
posted by JohnFredra at 11:00 AM on November 4, 2011

posted by JohnFredra at 11:01 AM on November 4, 2011

Ha! I asked an isotope of this question almost four years ago. And all these people above me asked it again.

My most recent finding: Calvin Klein three packs are running $27 for three or $9 apiece. I just bought sets in both white and black and they seem well made.
posted by overhauser at 11:22 AM on November 4, 2011

Target has a line of men's crew tees called Perfect-Tee (from Hanes?) and I love them (though I can;t always find them). They are slim fits mad of better (thicker?) material than your standard fruit of the loom. Iv'e seen them in grey, white, black, and dark blue.
posted by jander03 at 1:50 PM on November 4, 2011

Oops - forgot to mention the price. I think it's 2 for $10 or something in that neighborhood.
posted by jander03 at 1:50 PM on November 4, 2011

I buy Gildan seconds at Sierra Trading Post. $3.16 as I write this. Usually $3.95, and they claim the retail is $6.49.
posted by Bruce H. at 8:13 PM on November 4, 2011

This was my first thought. I haven't tried these specific shirts, but the price is good and I've always had great luck with Land's End products.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:07 AM on November 5, 2011

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