If there is one thing in this world I agonize over, it's buying a T-Shirt.
I know when you hold it up against other things like global warming and world hunger, it doesn't really seem like a big issue, but to me, it's right up there.
Now I normally use my T-Shirts for layering, or if it's really hot, I wear it on it's own. (I'm normally a fan of the collared shirt, always have been. It's that 80's pop-and-lock-collar I grew up with.) Therefore, some things are really important to me:
The fit of the neck. I like it tight, but not too tight. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) I don't want to be choked by it, but I hate the sloppy neck look. It just seems too, I dunno, lazy. This to me is the most critical part of the shirt.
Obviously the slogan. I'll whore myself out for Tommy or Ralph or Nike, but I really prefer to have something witty or thought provoking. I've seen interesting Japanese shirts, Comic Book shirts, and just strange shit, but it has to appeal to me if I'm going to wear it. I do like sites like Think Geek and T-Shirt Hell, but haven't ever bought anything from them. There are tons of sites out there that have something unique and different, but I just can't see shelling out thirty bucks for a T-Shirt.
And that's what it comes down to most of the time, price. I was just at Motley Crue a while ago and even though they had some okay shirts, nothing appealed to me. Nothing I'd want to pay $40 for.
Am I a cheap fuck? Not really. But after all it is just a shirt.
And I can make anything look good.
But the devil is in the details, and by following my guidelines, I've never been steered wrong.
(Except for that Wham! Shirt in '87 - boy, that was a mistake.)