[Update] Frugal t-shirts

A month ago I made a [post](https://www.reddit.com/r/frugalmalefashion/comments/6glxia/good_frugal_tshirt_brands/) asking for frugal t-shirts. Next Level and Uniqlo were highly recommended so I wound up ordering a few of each.

I wanted to update and say thank you. I’ve been wearing these shirts exclusively over the past few weeks and the seems at the bottom aren’t rolling up, and the seems at the neck aren’t getting weird, like I tend to find in my Hanes, Gildan, and Mossimo shirts.

I’m wearing the Next Level N6210 in particular right now. I have worn it at least 4 times, it might be 5 times. It still feels and fits like new. I also ordered the CVC crew neck, the 6200, and the 6440 v-neck.

From Uniqlo I bought two v-necks, I forget which, maybe the premium. I bought the two cheaper ones anyway. They are holding up wonderfully as well.

I should say I’m 5’10”-5’11” and 195lb-200lb and the large size fit me nicely. I feel that they’ll still fit well as I work my way down to 180. Great shirts, I highly recommend.

Edit: I want to add some more information. I think large size would be too small if I weighed 210. I’m 195 now (down 8 pounds!) and the shirt is rather slim/form fitting so it definitely shows my belly, but not awfully so. It’s mint green so it’s expected. I look great in the black v-neck from both companies. They fit slim/form fitting and the v-cut isn’t super deep, I’m a fan of it.

As a comparison I bought a 3 pack of Hanes for $14 or so and after 3-4 washes the seam areas are starting to get malformed and they shrink up a bit.

I can not thank this sub enough for the recommendations. I will be ordering a Next Level shirt once a month to refresh my wardrobe.

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30 Comments


  1. blahblahx

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    The Uniqlo Supima cotton shirts are great for the price. I wash them cold and dry on low heat, and they’ll last for years.

  2. DVNO

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I’ll add a +1 for Next Level / Bella + Canvas (seem to be nearly identical). They’re $4-6 each and so far have been great.

    I had a tri-blend shirt I got from an event (that happened to be printed on B+C), and it’s pilled a ton over the last year or so. I stuck with more cotton when I purchased mine, and so far have held up much better.

  3. SorenTheKitten

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Congrats on the weight loss, keep it up. 🙂

  4. Stoxrus

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I second your post in terms of size/fit. At 6’2″, 210 and the Large felt a bit short on my torso (probably because my belly pushed it out). I’m down in weight now (~195), and the Next Level shirts fit so much better, but they are still not long by any means…

    I bought my Next Level shirts years ago off of Amazon — I liked them for the “sueded” feel they have (and still have!). Did any of the shirts you buy have this feel? Do they all seem of the same material? I want to buy more and ensure I get the same feel if I can.

    Just to re-iterate, these shirts have lasted so far 2+ years and they are still holding up through sweat, tears and blood (jk, just the first 2).

    Thanks for the review!

    EDIT: Nevermind on the Sueded feel… I found them on [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Next-Level-Premium-Fitted-Sueded/dp/B00JJV4AFW/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_200_tr_t_3/135-6397321-0830142?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=9GJ6X08JPT5YH8ABDNB5)

  5. Travnar

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    If you have a Costco membership, I highly recommend the Kirkland brand crew necks. I haven’t tried the black ones yet, but the white ones are my favorite basic t-shirts. They’re like $18 for 6, so ~$3 ea, although the black ones are a bit more.

  6. ColdsnapBryan

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    usually go with Uniqlo Supimas, have for like five years now. This year I went with COS, they are way better and remind me how Uniqlo use to be.

  7. impossible99

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Once you settle in to a weight you’re happy with, consider the Caligula tee from Wolf vs Goat. It’s amazing and if you wait for a sale you can pick it up for ~$20. Not as cheap as Uniqlo or similar, but it is leaps and bounds better.

  8. getyashinebox

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    to be fair, a shirt should still feel “like new” after 4 wears

  9. priok

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    nice post, my favorite t-shirts are uniqlo supima cotton + rpmwest(which I think are just bella + canvas, but I’m not sure) I have a few from old navy in medium tall that are also good and have more than enough length, but in my experience their 100% cotton shirts are very baggy, their cotton + polyester blends are pretty form fitting though. I also have a next level shirt in medium that fits nicely, but it’s just barely the right length like the uniqlo shirts

    I wear medium in the uniqlo ones and they’re just barely long enough for me so I should try the large. I have large in the rpmwest shirts and they fit my biceps pretty well but the torso is a bit more loose, which is actually pretty nice.

  10. chickenroast

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I’ve been wearing next level for a few years now and the shirts still hold up great. Some I bought for as cheap as 5-6 bucks shipped on amazon, can’t beat it!

  11. melomaverick

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Does anyone recall what t shirt brand was RPM West was using? I remember there was a thread about it but can’t find it.

  12. VonDeycilluis

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Can you please post fit pics as I am a similar weight to you. Thank you for the information.

  13. [deleted]

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

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  14. chooseadiffusername

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Best instore frugal tshirts?

  15. zerostyle

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    For the skinnier/slimmer guys, I find that the Canvas t-shirts are a better option for cheap tri-blend shirts than Next Level. Narrower shoulders and a little shorter in length.

  16. viralcow

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I don’t like Uniqlo tees. There’s something a little plain about them. Maybe it’s the length, or the texture/fabric, or the shape of the collar.

  17. sean7755

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    J.Crew Factory tees are pretty good too.

  18. memeganoob

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Do you have any fit pics? I found that pretty much all larges fit me when I was at 240, 5’11”. I’m at 208 rn, and all my shirts are definitely at least slightly big on me new

  19. Maadvillain

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I love Next Level like you recommended. I attended a couple conventions which use these to print on, and find that they’re the perfect length and fit–appropriate enough to be tucked or untucked, and a slim silhouette that doesn’t accentuate nips (VERY IMPORTANT)

  20. toolonginexile

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Having surveyed a bunch of tees last year I would also give a shout to naked

    For lightweight tees the ciano farmer are great and USA made

    for a thick shirt albeit a bit pricier the welcome stranger bison is great

  21. nameisgeogga

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I actually went to uniqlo to try (and eventually buy) the supima tee and it was surprisingly comfortable. A wee bit too long ( ~1″) but everything else is great. Gonna have to go back and grab some more white tees.

    Honestly not too much of a fan of grabbing cheap stuff but it’s nice to save some $ from pistol lake or velva sheen or any brand that sells tees for ~>$40.

  22. Xmas121

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Wish I could get Uniqlo in my country 🙁

  23. WattWattWatt

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    do you think the next level shirts would be good as undershirts?

  24. HaveTwoBananas

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I’m going to try Next Level and Uniqlo. I usually buy Urban Pipeline from Kohl’s. I really like the fit and quality. They run about $8.

  25. Taxi_Manager

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    “I look great”

    Lol

  26. CoffeeNCalculations

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Solution: buy a higher quality shirt for ~$60 (not on sale) and have it last more than a year

    Edit: Logic = Downvotes apparently lol

  27. imfromtn

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    BlankApparel.com is my go-to. Love Next Level.

  28. SIR_BIG_DICK

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Personally, I’m a big fan of PRL classic fit (slim fit are also available) tshirt and UNIQLO supima. As for some who lifts, I have fairly bigger than average arms. Polo Tshirts fit me nicely, really soft and I can get them for $9 to $13 at my local outlet. I think UNIQLO Tshirts are also nice but the sleeves are a tad long for my taste. At similar price point, I would encourage you guys to check out both. As always, remember to never pay full retails…

    For comparison, I’m a size small in both brand and prefer the fit of PRL more (they are definitely not baggy as some said)

    Stats: 5’8, 153lbs, I wear mostly athletic fit clothing.

  29. UP_DA_BUTTTT

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I bought a [Next Level CVC Crew](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005WSX5SE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and the neck is like super super tiny. Pretty much can’t wear it. Does anybody else have this experience with Next Level? I have quite a few brands of t-shirt and no others are like this. Was really excited to try them out because of the rave reviews here.

    I second the love for the Uniqlo tees. Sleeves are a bit long but other than that I really like them. Hold up well and fit pretty well other than the sleeves.

  30. rogun64

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    The Next Level tees are just great fitting cheap t-shirts. I own several and like them a lot.

    Uniqlo tees vary too much, like everything with Uniqlo seems to do. I don’t have a store near me, so this makes it risky ordering online. Some are made with outstanding materials, while others are super cheap, and I’m not a fan of the airism material. The cuts also vary greatly and they rarely fit me well, while they always do with Next Level.

    Even though it’s Hanes Brand, I also like the Hanes Nano tees a lot. The fit is similar to Next Level, but they’re a little wider, so they may work well for the OP. I think the sleeves are a little shorter and the material is better, imo. Inconsistency can be a problem, though.

    J.Crew tees fit me great too, but the quality seems a little low for so much trouble. They only offer certain colors and then you have to wait for it to go on sale to receive a decent price.

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