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Good t-shirts and bad t-shirts?

Updated on October 6, 2008

I'm not quite sure when it happened but it happened like most things do, over time and without me realizing it. I was throwing on some clothes to go over to get some coffee on Sunday morning when I put on a t-shirt. That's right, I had just taken off the t-shirt that I put on when I got out of bed and now I was taking one off and putting a different one on. One that I considered a "good" t-shirt or I guess one that I felt I could "wear out" as opposed to the gym t-shirts, the undershirts for work, the lounging around the house t-shirts. So many t-shirts and so many rules I have about them. Good t-shirts and bad t-shirts? - Don't Get Me Started!

Now I know that I'm not the only person in the world who does this but it just struck me as ridiculous. I get that there are some t-shirts you buy that cost a bazillion dollars from some designer who put a bunch of wings and Latin writing on them and you're supposed to be able to wear it to the swankiest club or dinner but come on kids, it's still just a t-shirt. Cotton, jersey, comfy and a t-shirt. I was thinking about the whole Ed Hardy looking t-shirts and now the ones by Affliction. The Ed Hardy ones that are more "mainstream" now, you know they look as if they're tattoo art really. They recently opened a club at one of the casinos here in Vegas designed by Ed Hardy artist, Christian Audigier. The night the club opened he was there in person "cutting" t-shirts. I don't know if you lived through the 80's but we all cut our shirts then. (Um...can you say, "Flashdance?" What a feelin') You would cut slits in the back and then pull the t-shirt so that it had a bunch of "holes" in it that looked as if someone scratched the back out of the shirt. Same thing here just that it's a three hundred dollar shirt and this dude was going to "cut it up" making it I guess more valuable. (More valuable like say a Beanie Baby no doubt - try paying your mortgage by using your limited edition Princess Diana beanie and let me know how far you get). Then there are the new Affliction ones that seem to be the only thing everyone is wearing nowadays. You know these shirts, they're the ones with all the gothic looking images and Latin writing. Maybe it's just me but I prefer the "Frankie Says Relax" t-shirts or the ones that say things like, "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor."

But back to my original point, what is up with all the "good" t-shirts for only special occasions and the ones that can only go out at certain times and places? Let's face it they're all really just t-shirts kids. And who decides which ones are good enough to only get coffee and the ones that get to go out to clubs and restaurants? We play this game with ourselves and to what end? I know that I do it and I know you do too but what is really to be accomplished? Are we choosing the least worst of our clothes to be seen in public?

There was a time when I was little that we went to school in our "school clothes" and when we came home from school we would change into our "play clothes" and maybe that's where this whole thing started. Maybe I'm prioritizing my t-shirts the way that the Garanimals when I was little taught me what shirt matched with what pants. I'm thinking that there are "coffee" shirts and "play" shirts. Who knows?

I do know that I adore the jersey sheets on my bed. Have you put those on your bed yet? They're made from t-shirt material and they are the yummiest of sheets ever. Funny, I don't think about whether or not the sheets are proper for all the occasions that happen in my bed. Hmmm...better not go there.

I guess I need to accept that I don't really have a formal and casual closet. Sure I have some suits for business and some dress shirts, pants, etc. but when it comes to t-shirts I'm thinking that we've all sort of created a "class structure" for our shirts that really doesn't need to exist. Don't we all have enough to worry about? We have to add what shirt is suitable for markets and which are suitable for human meat markets? Haven't we just made our lives more complicated? Good t-shirts and bad t-shirts? - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Raye 9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      When I was in high school, there was an infamous t-shirt conflict that my parents had. My mom thought dad's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders t-shirt was "bad" and dad thought it was "good." They had several... let's call them 'high-spirited discussions' about that shirt over the years before the design finally peeled off entirely.

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      sean 9 years ago

      I seem to remember a certain someone who came back to hs school his senior year wearing " heaven " t -shirts, amongst other assorted sundries. Were those good t-shirts ?

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      And thus the "good shirt" "bad shirt" continues in someone else's closet than my own!!

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      Raye 9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've got "good" t-shirts, "bad" ones, and some even below that which fall into a classification I picked up from my mom called "grubbies." Those are ones I wear for things like painting the house or doing textile art, where whatever might spill is probably going to be on the t-shirt for the rest of its life. I even have one "fancy" t-shirt that's a genuine Vivienne Westwood brought back from London, and it only gets worn with nicer clothes.