Buy the Perfect T-Shirt

Friday, January 01, 2010
There comes a time when you realize that those scratchy three-pack specials no longer cut it. At that moment, whether you know it or not, you embark on what will become a lifelong quest to find the ideal T-shirt. You might not recognize the difference between ring-spun combed yarn and 30-singles thread or be able to say anything about pima cotton or the elaborate washes that go into making a fine, high-twist crew. But when you find the right one, you'll just know. To save you some time, we've narrowed the search. Here, the best of the season.
Alexander Wang, one of fashion's hottest and youngest commodities, is relying on what he knows best for his first menswear collection: artfully slouchy T-shirts so soft you'll want to live and sleep in them--which Wang himself actually does. "I go to bed and then wake up and go to work still wearing them," he says. "It's the best way to break them in." So what makes a tee by Alexander Wang worth $75? Fit and texture. The 25-year-old designer cuts his U-neck with a slightly longer back to help you accomplish that half-tucked, half-untucked look, then washes it in soda to give the jersey an even smoother feel. A curved back seam guarantees it'll stay squarely on your shoulders and fall nicely around your torso. "The line is all about T-shirt dressing," Wang says. "It's the kind of thing you put on and you're done."
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