Quality Clothing Shopping: Shirts

Quality clothing shopping: How to buy a first quality T-shirt without getting stuck with holes.

Shirts: Three for $10, it sounds like a good deal, but is it? If you have ever bought T-shirts for dirt cheap you know that you usually get what you pay for. Here are several ways to make sure you don't get stuck with a rag.

First if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Places like flea markets, Walgreens and Eckerds have no real return policy but offer you souvenir T-shirts for cheap.

The tag:

If the tag has a long cut, or if there is no tag you are looking at an irregular or close out shirt. If the shirt is irregular than there is probably something wrong with the way it is made. If it is a close out it could be fine and nothing is wrong with it, or it could have a stain.

Also look for the letters IRR that often appear on the tags of irregular shirts. IRR means irregular, but not all irregular shirts will be stamped IRR on their tags.

The shirt:

Hold the shirt up. Look for stains. Look for light yellowish water stains and small black grease stains or any kind of discoloration.

While you are holding the shirt up examine the sleeves and collar. Many irregular collars are too small and could be tight around the person's neck who wears the shirt. Examine the sleeves make sure they are even. Make sure the sleeve holes are big enough.

While you are holding the shirt up you should be able to spot easily if the shirt was made very short.

Also look for seams in the wrong places. Sometimes a seam is done to cover a small hole, etc.

The print:

If there is a print on the T-shirt, the normal place for it to be is about 4 inches down from the neck.

If you are buying a shirt and there is a small print on the side or back of the shirt be weary. Many people buy shirts that have a Florida print on the front only to discover a swordfish or baseball on the back. If you turn the shirt inside out you will see that the smaller picture that doesn't really go is covering a hole.

Printers use a puff print to cover holes all the time.

If you are buying a colored shirt turn the shirt over: sometimes a shirt when printed will mess up the coloration of the back of the shirt. This happens very rarely, but it is something you should watch for.

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