So, I was running around doing errands yesterday and I passed by a Target and Macy’s. I had a couple minutes to kill, so I decided to stop in the men’s underwear department of both stores to see what, if any, new undershirt/underwear developments I could find.
- Still a very good selection of Hanes Premium Undershirts and Underwear. In fact, it looks like Target is carrying more of this new Hanes product than of the traditional Hanes product.
- Hanes Perfect-Ts. There was a nice selection of colors. In addition to the standard white color crew necks and v-necks, I found black and heather grey colors as well and both colors were offered in crew neck and v-neck styles. They also had some Pocket-T’s as well.
- All the Hanes ComfortSoft Undershirt packaging had “Now Softer” printed prominently on them. Maybe the original ComfortSoft undershirts weren’t as soft as Hanes wanted them to be?
- They were carrying a modest selection Champion performance/wicking crew neck undershirts and underwear too. I think they were either polyester/lycra or nylon/lycra blends.
- Typical Fruit of the Loom selection of undershirts and underwear, but it seemed as though Hanes brand product had a bigger footprint there
- They also were carrying a modest selection of Evolve undershirts, but no crew necks or v-necks. Only tank tops (2 designs) and muscle shirts. All 100% cotton. Why no crews or v’s?
- Merona brand undershirts were there too. The selection was limited to 100% cotton, but they offered black and white crew necks, white v-necks and tank tops
- The first thing that caught my eye was a huge area dedicated to Calvin Klein X underwear. Since I was primarily focusing on looking for undershirts, I didn’t spend much time there. Nonetheless, they’re giving a whole lot of real estate to that new CK line.
- While I was in the CK section, I came across a rack of hanging CK Micromodal Undershirts ($32) and I stopped in my tracks when I felt that undershirt! It’s totally amazing, but I’ll tell you more about it below because I’m really excited about it.
- So I wander over to another set of shelves, and I see the Emporio Armani Micromodal Undershirt ($33). Interested, I pulled it out of the box and again, was amazed at how incredibly soft it was. Had to try this guy on too.
- Even further on, I see yet another Micromodal/lycra blend undershirt, and this one is from Polo Ralph Lauren ($31). Seeing a pattern anyone?? Just as soft as the other two, but since I was so excited about those, I passed on trying this one on.
- Of course, there was a good selection of Alfani branded undershirts (Macy’s house brand). Due to some recent activity here on the blog regarding the Alfani Stretch undershirts, I paid closer attention to those. A two-pack will only set you back $15 and they come in white, black, crew neck, v-neck, and tank tops too!
- I also discovered something new and interesting from Jockey. The undershirts are called Jockey Modern Classics ($29.50 for a package of 3) and they’re made from a 100% cotton rib material. This is interesting since most undershirts are either made from cotton jersey or blends that include lycra for stretch. Rib cotton is really nice because it has a similar stretch as undershirts made with lycra in them, but lycra is not needed. Very interesting product indeed!
- While I was perusing the aisles, the new CK Steel Micro Fiber (nylon/lycra) and Body Micromodal (micromodal/lycra) underwear caught my eye too! They were both so soft that I had to pick them up to try them out. I gotta tell you now that I’ve had a chance to wear them both, that I’ve just about fallen in love with both of these styles of underwear. The Steel micro fiber underwear are heavenly to wear, plus I absolutely LOVE the wider waist band. The Body micro modal underwear are equally as comfortable, have a narrower waistband, but have a really nice “pouch” design that really offers some additional comfort up in the front area. Hey CK, can I be your new Spokesperson?? (i grabbed some screen shots from a video i took)
- Since the folks at Macy’s are kind enough to let you try on undershirts, I decided to try on the CK Micromodal, EA Micromodal, and the Jockey Modern Classics Rib Cotton undershirts
- CK Micromodal ($32) – Two words describe this undershirt – FREAKIN’ AMAZING!! The medium fit me really well, the fabric feels silky smooth on the skin, plenty long to stay tucked in, and considering this undershirt is $4 less expensive than the similar undershirts from Tommy John, plus you can get them on sale from Macy’s from time to time, I’m gonna go on record saying that this guy will likely find it’s way into my #2 spot pushing TJ down one notch to #3.
- Emporio Armani ($33) – This guy is utterly amazing too! Fit, feel, length, etc. are all similar to the CK Micromodal and at $33, it will likely share the #2 position with CK. Once I do a more detailed review on these, we’ll make the top 5 favorite undershirts update official.
- Jockey Modern Classics Rib Cotton Undershirt ($29.50, 3-pack) – I’m a big fan of cotton rib undershirts because they offer amazing comfort and fit without lycra, and I’ll have to give it to Jockey for making a surprisingly comfortable 100% cotton undershirt. My main disappointment with this undershirt was the cut/size of the medium I tried on. It was just too big, and the cut is too generous. If they made their medium a couple of sizes smaller, and took off some length in the sleeves, at $10 per undershirt, it very possibly could have made it’s way into my top 5 list. Sorry Jockey!
- A word about Micromodal Undershirts: I have tried on a lot of undershirts made out of this fabric and have been extremely pleased with how nearly every single one of them fits and feels on my skin. If you have the opportunity (and budget) to buy undershirts that are made from any micromodal blend (assuming at least 50% micromodal), you will likely not leave disappointed. Micromodal is the undershirt fabric of choice in 2010, if you can afford it. I suppose what will happen now is that other undershirt companies will start offering their undershirts in this fabric and start driving the price down from $30+ an undershirt to somewhere in the $20′s. I guess we’ll see.
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