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Here's How to Tell If a T-Shirt Is Cheap or Expensive

Just follow these easy tips.
Here's How to Tell If a T-Shirt Is Cheap or Expensive
IMAGE Teen Vogue
Just follow these easy tips.

T-shirts are arguably the most basic piece of clothing in anyone's closet. They're easy to come by in stores, too, which makes shopping for them seem like a no-brainer. But take it from someone who had grown fond of a certain white T-shirt, only to find that it stretched out and horrendously loosened up at the neckline after only the third use, you'll want to pay close attention to your shirt options before cashing it in. 

Want tips on how to find a high-quality shirt worth your money? We break down some for you below, according to Teen Vogue's Fashion Editor, Alyssa Hardy, and celebrity stylist and fabrication expert, Harrison T. Crite.

Fiber Content

The easiest trick to telling apart expensive shirts from inexpensive ones is to simply read the label. High-quality shirts are usually made from natural fibers like silk, linen, cotton, and wool. Meanwhile, a shirt is most likely cheaper and less durable if it's made from synthetic fibers such as polyester, rayon, acetate, and acrylic.

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Light Test

This test works especially well with T-shirts. All you need to do is to hold the shirt up to the light. If you're able to see through the shirt, it's best to stay away because there's a huge chance you've found yourself a low-quality material that will quickly lose its structure once it's gone through the wash. In contrast, if you can't see through a T-shirt even when it's exposed to light, it's for keeps.

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Can you tell which shirt is more expensive using the light test?
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Seams and Stitching

Another trick to tell if a shirt is expensive or not? Pay close attention to the stitching on the side. Shirts with invisible stitching tend to be more expensive.

Bonus: Patterned shirts with the seams lining up with the pattern are more expensive, too.

A cheap shirt with seams that don't line up with the shirt's patterns 
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Pull Test

Something you can quickly try out when you're shopping for a shirt is the pull test. Pull on or bunch up the T-shirt, let go, and see if any wrinkles are formed. Shirts that hold the wrinkle after being pulled have a higher chance of being cheap, as opposed to expensive ones that stay perfectly smooth.

Try pulling on the shirt to see if it forms any wrinkles.
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