Menswear | July 18, 2019 12:08 pm

In Praise of the Heavy T-Shirt (And Where to Grab One for $29)

Go up a weight class with Taylor Stitch’s discounted Heavy Bag tees

Why You Should Buy a Heavyweight T-Shirt
Three of Taylor Stitch's limited-edition Heavy Bag Tees are on sale. It's time you tried a heavier T-shirt.
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When we’re in the middle of heat waves like this, it’s easy to have a one-track-clothing mind: light, light, light. Even when temps fall and autumn arrives, these days, most of the T-shirts we come across tout how airy, sprightly and gentle they are. Today, I’m here to tell you that’s all wrong. The best basic tee is a heavyweight tee.

Not sure, exactly, what a heavyweight tee is or if you own any? It’s not rocket science, it’s just your standard T-shirt, but made of thicker stuff. As I type this, I’m wearing a discontinued American Apparel style called The Vermont Army-T. I brought it in to be screen-printed by artist Steve Powers a year or so ago and even his crew, well-versed in the garment industry, exclaimed, “That’s the thickest shirt I’ve ever felt.” 

Taylor Stitch’s Heavy Bag tees, three of which are currently discounted under $30, are not that heavy, but they’re a perfect intro to the style. The brand’s proprietary version is made using both upcycled and recycled yarns — a process which uses no water, as opposed to the 1,200 gallons a shirt would normally use — which combine to produce a beefy fabric that’ll last you at least twice as long as the typical T-shirt. (My AA shirt was discontinued well before the company’s first bankruptcy filing in 2015, and looks no worse for wear.)

Besides the quantifiable, undeniable quality, a heavy tee just feels better on the body, stronger, purposeful. There’s no riding up, snagging it on corners or fussing over it — and with Taylor Stitch, you can still count on it being as soft as anything else. Oh, and before I forget, the rule of thumb when it comes to heavy tees is to order a size up. Taylor Stitch even makes that clear in their listings. So shop below, order heavier and order larger.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee Road Tripper Sale

The Heavy Bag Tee: Road Tripper

Sale on Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag T-Shirts Buen Dia

The Heavy Bag Tee: Buen Dia

Discounts at Taylor Stitch: Heavy Bag Tee Daily Fins

The Heavy Bag Tee: Daily Fins

If you’re still not convinced, that’s on you. But I won’t press the issue, I’ll happily send you over to Taylor Stitch’s sale section where you’ll find many more menswear deals.

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