Durable cotton t-shirts to pair with leather jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Rich22, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Rich22

    Rich22 One of the Regulars

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    That’s cool, we’re all entitled to different opinions. I strongly dislike the appearance of turtleneck jumpers, but that’s probably got to do with hating anything touching my throat.
     
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    It seems that a regular t-shirt under a leather jacket is the de facto norm now...

    Google “perfecto” and in 10 pages of results only one person is wearing anything but a t-shirt under their leather jacket.

    Google “men’s leather jacket” and in 10 pages of results, again, only one solitary bloke is wearing anything but a t-shirt.
     
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  3. navetsea

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    Sure it is only my personal opinion, but i almost never googled "men's leather jacket" because in my area maybe but it will result in very poor looking usual aliexpress leather and pleather jackets worn too small by models. To my neck size i always need chunky thing to fill up
     
  4. Bushman

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    I blame Marlon Brando and the greaser crowd for making it look just so damn good...
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    Like many people, I am likewise influenced by what the stars wear and how they wear it. I'm partial to the open Hawaiian shirt with white Tee underneath from the way Ben Affleck wore it in Pearl Harbor...
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  5. Rich22

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    Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t knocking your opinion. I’m just used to seeing people predominantly wearing t-shirts under leather jackets, and googled it to see if I was imagining things or not. And you should use a VPN :D
     
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  6. zebedee

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    Getting older generally means wearing everything ironically. :)
     
  7. Edward

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    Completely. Captain Virgil Hilts has a lot for which to answer - despite being fictional!

    T-shirts for me are almost entirely underwear now. I think it's a decade or more since I last wore one as outerwear in its own right. I wear them year round, but only as undershirts (interspersed with 'A' shirts; I buy both largely indiscriminately and depending on what is in stock at my supplier). I would pick up more telnyashkas, though unless intended for underwear, sized so that an undershirt can be worn beneath them. I like striped T shirts and the likes of Brando's ringer T. Would wear any with a logo of any sort now.

    One of only many reasons I hate athletic gear. ;) It's a huge curse on everything nowadays, though - even a lot of motorcycle gear is covered in logos. Nothing can ruin an otherwise great design quite like having a logo slapped on it. (Ironically, I enjoy seeing patched and decorated mc jackets, but that's something different again, I think.)

    BMW at a time offered a 'minimal logos' option on their higher end models - just the BMW badge, nothing else. Cost something like an extra £800 as the boot lid had to be special ordered - the drilling of the holes for all the badges was a standard part of the manufacturing process. A lot of more understated folks preferred them de-logoed - high performance logos can attract undue attention, not least from the police. The opposite of the young guys that used to buy base model Mark III Ford Escorts and badsge them up as RS Turbos and XR3is.....

    I tend to associate a lack of logoing with high end stuff as well. Interestingly, I've always found in practice that whereas unlogoed stuff improves significantly in quality with price, as a rule, when it comes to logo'ed t shirts, there's a wide price band indeed in which the quality of the basic shirt itself improves not a jot - only the logo / brand gets more expensive.
     
  8. nick123

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    One reason why a tee is often worn under a leather jacket: tees are usually shorter than other shirts; they pair better with shorter jackets for the untucker!
     
  9. Seb Lucas

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    Correct, Nick. The other thing about wearing a t-shirt - it helps immeasurably if you are in shape and the t-shirt fits properly. If you have a veranda over the tool-shed, a t-shirt is never going to look great.
     
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    In the interest of, ahem, *science*, I purchased 3 supina t-shirts from Uniqlo yesterday. They were on sale and I was curious. I hadn't bought a t-shirt in 2019- mainly because of the issues of a being a fairly large foreigner in China. Uniqlo's XL provided a nice trim fit without being clingy. I tried on some other similarly priced t-shirts yesterday (national sale day for some reason), and I have to say that stuff from H&M is horrendous- misshapen crap, simply. From Uniqlo I got a striped t, a black t and an unusual but nice purple/pink t. Was going to get a white but the fabric is as thin as I'd ever buy, and when I can see my own chest hair showing through it's too sheer. Hopefully they don't lose their shape after one wash, and remain as super-soft as they are now. If they don't, they can live their life as winter undershirts.
     
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  11. Big J

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    @Edward, IIRC Hilts never actually wears a white T under his A-2, but yeah, his image has left an indelible air of casualness to the A-2.
    There was a phase maybe 8 years ago (?) of everyone in Japan wearing those blue and white horizontal striped t-shirts. And whilst the style is popular with the Russian and PLA(N) and therefore originals are plentiful, it's use by Soviet Paratroopers and Spetsnaz during the Afghan War always made me feel I should pass on it just because of my age. It's kind of like why I won't wear a flight jacket with modern era patches on it.

    As for logos, they drive me insane. I accept that sneaker manufacturers can't help it, and there's no choice, but with t-shirts there always is.
    And then there's polo shirts. The trend of the last 10(?) years or so (I blame RL) for polos with a logo, and a national flag, and a number, on the front and on the back, in some color with a white color (or any of the above in combination or alone), drives me insane. Polo shirts can be a good smarter alternative to t-shirts for casual wear, but it's all just become a bit 'gimmicky'. Why do people insist on handing over their money for the dubious 'privilege' of being able to advertise the name of the company that made the clothes?

    When products are so lacking in distinctive features that you need to have the name written on it to know who made it, then maybe it's a product that doesn't really matter.
    After all, I bought my TV, I know who made it, why the hell do I have to look at the plastic logo on the front of it? Just in case I want to rush out and buy another but my dementia is kicking in?
     
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    do you guys want superman without logo as well :D
     
  13. Seb Lucas

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    Yep.
     
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    but then you'll get confused with papa smurf

    of all the written brand on electronics, SONY is the one I tolerate the most, and then the one I hate the most is SAMSUNG, what a stupid long name and the sounds also stupid, takes a long time for me to stomach it to have it on my phone.
     
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  15. Big J

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    Yep! I feel like I already bought your damn product, why have you got to force your logo down my theist in my living room? What more damn loyalty do they expect? All appliances with matching logos? WTF!
     
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    I'm going to steal that. In fact, I might even get it printed on a T-shirt.
     
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    I'm sure I caught a glimpse of a white undershirt's collar under his top in one scene, but yes, throughout the whole thing he wears a blue sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off, unhemmed, at the elbows under the A2. That and sixties khakis and boots (totally wrong period for the film and jacket but they match the sixties haircut I'm sure I read he refused to change for the period the film is set in...). e of my age. It's kind of like why I won't wear a flight jacket with modern era patches on it.

    With the TV, I guess the idea is that your visitors will see it? The original concept behind trade marks (and trade mark law) is that they provide an indication of the origin of the goods as a guarantor of quality. These days, since the eighties at least, really, it seems that the brand has become the valuable thing in and of itself. Sometimes, I guess, people get swept up in that. Then there will always be those who are insecure about their own choices, and need the 'approval' of an acceptable brand. Those are the people who will pay through the nose for a very ordinary t-shirt with a 'designer logo'. It does seem there is often (but not always) a new money / old money divide on consumption patterns here.

    What I also hate seeing are amusing t-shirts ruined by big logos. Like a shirt which says "Bazinga!" on it - amusing reference for those who get it, totally ruined by a big 'Big Bang Theory' logo on it. Who wants to buy into a niche reference like that but them immediately ruin half the joke by referencing it that way?

    I'd opt for no Superman at all, myself. ;)
     
  18. John Lukich

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    I bought some Lady White white t-shirts ($99 for 2). I'll update when they arrive. Doesn't seem like many in here are open to persuasion, but I'll say that I just threw out a 6 pack of Fruit of the Looms because after a bunch of washes they became less comfortable, not more. I'll pay close attention to how these feel after breaking in.
     
  19. SimonR

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    Be interested to hear ..... I don't rate Fruit of the Loom anymore ... used to be OK a decade ago
     
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    useful to figure out which remote control works with what :)
     

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