As T-shirts become more and more versatile in terms of when and where you can wear them, finding high quality T-shirts is more important than ever. The fear of overdressing is real, but at the same time you don’t want to be too casual. A high-quality T-shirt can be the difference between no effort and effortless elegance. And that’s far from the only benefit high quality T-shirts have to offer.
Investing in the right high-quality T-shirts can be better for the Planet, your skin, and even your wallet. Use this guide whenever you’re shopping for high-quality T-shirts to make the informed decisions.
WHAT IS A HIGH-QUALITY T-SHIRT?
Some say the fabric, others say the thread count, others focus on the experience wearing it. There are many ways to measure quality in a T-shirt, and we like to focus on all of them. If you gave us a T-shirt to evaluate, we would ask the following questions:
What is your T-shirt made of? How is your T-shirt made? Who made it? Who is it made for? How much does it cost to buy? How much will it cost per wear? How long will it last you? How is your experience buying it? Can you return to the brand? How does the brand represent itself?
That’s we can narrow it down to three broader questions:
- How does the T-shirt benefit the wearer?
- How does the T-shirt benefit the environment?
- Does the brand operate in alignment with your values?
We would say a high-quality T-shirt is more than just what it’s physically made of. The what, the how, and the who all support the why.
Simply put, we want to make the world better by creating better T-shirts. But when you think about all the benefits a high-quality T-shirt has to offer, you really start to ask yourself why wouldn’t you invest in a high-quality T-shirt?
LOOK AT CUSTOMER REVIEWS TO FIND BEST QUALITY T-SHIRT BRANDS
Some brands operate in alignment with their values. Some brands talk a big game and don’t deliver. But customers are almost always honest, so starting with customer reviews is always a great first step to determine the quality of a T-shirt and the brand behind it. We treasure our customer reviews because the feedback helps us improve, and we like to share the feedback publicly so that new customers can get a sense of what it’s like to interact with us.
While you’re scrolling through the comments, keep an eye out for the things that matter most to you. If you’re looking for a great T-shirt for workouts, what are the active customers saying about their experience? If style is more your concern, what are other fashion-conscious buyers saying in their reviews?
Another thing to look for is your buying experience--does the brand handle returns well, have people been able to get in touch with customer service?
DOES HIGH COST MEAN HIGH QUALITY IN T-SHIRTS?
In the long run, high quality T-shirts should actually cost less, not more, than regular T-shirts. And that doesn’t just mean reducing the cost to the environment--high quality T-shirts will save you money over time by reducing your cost per wear.
What does the cost of a different luxury fashion item account for? We’re not here to make any assumptions, but if the brand won’t explain how they came up with their prices or how their T-shirts are made, that’s not a good sign. Shop with those who have nothing to hide.
DOES HIGH THREAD COUNT MEAN HIGH QUALITY?
Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch in a fabric. Sometimes this is how T-shirts are measured in quality, and while thread count is a good indicator of quality, there is more to it than that.
A high thread count means the threads are more tightly woven together, making the fabric more durable and also softer. You could have a high thread count T-shirt made from inorganic cotton, and that T-shirt would not be as high quality as an organic cotton T-shirt.
One reason is usually that inorganic cotton is not as naturally soft as organic cotton, and many companies will use chemicals to soften the T-shirt, and those chemicals will wash off whereas organic cotton is naturally soft.
The other reasons have to do with the ethics of cotton production. We believe unethical production diminishes quality… after all, your favourite T-shirt will feel lighter when you can wear it without guilt.
THINK HIGH QUALITY INSTEAD OF HIGH QUANTITY FOR MEN’S T-SHIRTS
Many men make plain T-shirts part of their standard outfit, and some guys try to save a buck by getting a multi-pack of cheap T-shirts.
Do yourself a favour, don’t be that guy.
First of all, it’s not saving you money to buy those cheap T-shirts which will only last so long before they get faded, starchy, and unflattering. When you go back to the store to buy your next multi-pack, you’re also spending money on gas to get to the store, you’re spending time getting there, shopping around, waiting in line… and the cycle continues.
Secondly, quality matters. You can wear cheap T-shirts around the house, to the gym, or while doing chores, but there are better T-shirts you can wear to work or a night out without looking like… that guy.
But don’t feel like you should sacrifice comfort for style. The perfect T-shirt makes you look and feel great for any occasion.
Even if you’re just mowing the lawn, you’ll be more comfortable in organic cotton, which is not only super soft, but helps your body maintain a comfortable temperature all year round.
High quality doesn’t always mean fragile. In fact, our high-quality plain T-shirts are designed to last longer and not to shrink in the wash. You can wash and wear, wash and wear, wash and wear without losing quality. They’re also designed with drape in mind, meaning they’ll fit you snugly in all the right places while giving you room to breathe and move where you need it.
WHAT ARE HIGH QUALITY T-SHIRTS MADE OF?
High quality T-shirts start with 100% high quality, pre-shrunk cotton. That means no itchy synthetic fibres, and no shrinking or shape-changing after your T-shirt has gone through the wash.
What difference does organic make? A lot.
In short, organic cotton is a healthier plant which yields a better-quality fabric. Inorganic cotton is often softened with chemicals and treated with pesticides that find their way into the clothing and onto your skin.
WHO MAKES HIGH QUALITY T-SHIRTS?
It’s no secret that the fashion industry relies heavily on human labour, and it should go without saying that the people who make our clothes deserve a fair wage and safe working conditions.
Unfortunately, not every brand guarantee that their clothes were made following ethical guidelines. It’s easy to see how paying someone as little as possible enables producers to sell T-shirts for less, but underpaid labour can also produce T-shirts with high thread counts.
But we wouldn’t consider that a high-quality T-shirt. There’s nothing valuable about exploitation. We believe in transparency, and we make sure every link in the supply chain is held accountable to ethical standards.
HOW DOES THE BRAND PRESENT ITSELF?
You can tell a lot about a company from how they present themselves. A seller of high-quality T-shirts will want to reflect that with a high-quality website, a presence on social media, and clear communication.
IT’S EASY TO NAVIGATE THEIR WEBSITE
High quality brands value your shopping experience. You should be able to easily find what you need, whether it’s a collection of best-selling T-shirts, or more information about the brand history.
ARE THERE ORIGINAL HIGH-QUALITY PHOTOS OF THEIR PRODUCT?
Everyone uses some stock photos, but a high-quality T-shirt brand will also feature plenty of original content specifically made to represent their products.
At Saabu Mode, we offer timeless pieces that are high-quality. Lightweight, breathable, durable, these T- shirts are our go-to for gifts, whether to yourself or someone you care about. Our T-shirts are sure to become be your favourite T-shirts!