Where is good for cotton t-shirts & long sleeve tops now that GAP aren't?

(50 Posts)
abigboydidit Sat 16-Mar-13 14:46:28

Having been pregnant for most of the last 3 years I am trying to refresh my wardrobe. I had always been a fan of GAP plain t-shirts & long sleeve crew/v neck tops but all mine look a bit tired & are the old fashioned shorter length style (end on waist not on hips).

I had a 40% off code so I ordered loads in my usual size but the fit was awful - shapeless and clingy in equal measures - and the fabric was really thin & poor quality. I don't really have cash to spend on what is really just a wardrobe basic for layering but equally need something that washes well & ideally isn't that shiny jersey fabric which clings to my flabby belly.

Anyone able to suggest a reliable alternative? Thanks.

IndianaMoans Sat 16-Mar-13 14:59:59

I have some from Dorothy Perkins, the fabric is a decent thickness, they keep their shape well and are true to size. I bought mine last year though. They are a really nice length aswell. I think they were about £8 each which is reasonable for something I tend to wear under cardis, dresses etc.

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 16-Mar-13 15:02:28

Don't laugh, but.... Tu, @ Sainsbury's.
I'm quite tall and these tshirts seem to be a good length on me, and they wash well etc.

teta Sat 16-Mar-13 15:08:12

Matalan do really good quality long-sleeved crew necked t shirts but seem to only have 3 colours in stock at the moment.However i can recommend the laundered shortsleeve t shirts in the u and v neck shapes.Good fit and slightly slouchy on me and look a bit vintage [which i really like].They were on the Susie So So blog if you want to have a look.

RicStar Sat 16-Mar-13 15:12:58

Uniqlo lots of basics good website similar to old school Gap.

melli Sat 16-Mar-13 15:20:31

I would give h& m a go

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 16-Mar-13 15:58:57

Sainsbury's are good, and also <whispers> Laura Ashley if you look carefully. I got a long, long sleeved red on white breton stripe top from there this time last year. It is 100% cotton, washes well and looks really good still. It doesn't cling or go baggy.

Nowhere. I am absolutely desperate for some and they are all rubbish. M&S Limited used to do brilliant ones but they stopped doing them (typical bloody M&S - stop doing good stuff and fill the stores with crap that nobody even wants to buy, judging by the rails and rails of sales tat: grrr). Hobbs are good quality but short and clingy; Gap are appallingly bad quality; H&M really thin and stupid sizing. sad

Primark! Some wash well, some don't, but for £1.50 or thereabouts you don't mind so much if one or two shrink

QueenCadbury Sat 16-Mar-13 16:57:01

I second Dorothy Perkins. I've also gone off the gap ones as they don't wash we'll. I've just bought one from fat face which felt lovely on although haven't worn it yet since being washed so it may be a shapeless rag next time I put it on.

foxysocks Sat 16-Mar-13 17:12:40

i am so fed up of crappy tshirts. the only ones I have and like like atm is one from me&em in their sale, i think it was called a boyfriend tee, and a zoe karrson one I got cheap(er) from zalando.

oh, I also have a striped one which is years old from velvet, was a present from DH and quite expensive but has really lasted well and looks/fits great.

I tried the zara linen ones last year, they are ok but not perfect so I am on the lookout for more at the moment. i'll end up ebaying/charity shopping the zara ones I think.

I need them to be long (i'm 5'9) with a good slouch, nice neckline, flattering sleeve length. and the moon on a stick while you're there please wink

Follyfoot Sat 16-Mar-13 17:14:49

Would agree with Sainsburys too. They have even stood up to DH's 'sturdy' washing technique and his super hot tumble drying hmm

Boden Ts last well too (have got a 20% off thingie if you want it)

abigboydidit Sat 16-Mar-13 20:31:18

Thanks - I wouldn't have thought of Sainsburys as the one and only top I ever bought from there practically fell apart after just one wash. Will try there and DP as I have those near me and then move on to H&M if that's no use before hitting the internet shops. How hard can it be to get a simple bloody t-shirt angry

nannyof3 Sat 16-Mar-13 20:31:52

Sainsburys and asda

Hassled Sat 16-Mar-13 20:34:19

Zara have some nice cotton ones - good and long in the body which I like. I hate the ones which just sort of skim your waistband.

determinedma Sat 16-Mar-13 20:36:16

M&S ones are good. Cheap, loads of colours, wash well

Hanginggardenofboobylon Sat 16-Mar-13 20:38:00

Another vote for Uniqlo - great layering stuff

Primark. Surprisingly good quality considering that they're really cheap.

BestestBrownies Sat 16-Mar-13 20:43:55

This is going to sound mad, but I bought some long-sleeved U-neck 100% cotton t-shirts in (wait for it)....... New Look around September last year. I have worn them pretty much non-stop since then, so 6 months + and they still look as good as new, wash brilliantly, don't need ironing and have kept their colours brilliantly (dark navy, royal blue and a deep burgundy). They are long in the body and not clingy. Think they were under a fiver each. May even have been as little as 3 quid apiece.

I was gobsmacked too.

BestestBrownies Sat 16-Mar-13 20:45:54

Uniqlo are OK, but I find the sizing a bit on the small side (and my budget at the time didn't stretch to their prices blush)

PretzelTime Sat 16-Mar-13 20:47:10

How is the Zara top's fabric - thin or OK?

Hassled Sat 16-Mar-13 20:49:17

Thin, but not wafer thin, IYSWIM. Fine for layering rather than on their own, probably.

BikeRunSki Sat 16-Mar-13 20:50:50

land's end

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 20:51:28

I also have a stripped Sainsbury's top which is lovely, worn and washed loads of times and it has proper length sleeves!

I'm sick of 3/4 length sleeves which proceed to sharing ever shorter each wash.

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 20:51:53


neolara Sat 16-Mar-13 20:52:30


ouryve Sat 16-Mar-13 20:53:30

Next do some good "essential" long sleeve tops and I'll second the recommendation for Sainsburys. Theirs are often fairtrade cotton, too and they do regular 25% off clothing weeks.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Mar-13 20:57:55

American Apparel

All Primark tops shrink and end up hovering round my belly button when I bought them at hip length.

They got a pasting on another thread recently, but I really like La Redoute for tops. I don't think they're all 100% cotton, but they wash and wear well.

allagory Sat 16-Mar-13 21:10:10

I have bought 3 t shirts this year: Monsoon (ripped in the wash) Boden (shrunk) Dorothy Perkins (still going strong)

Whyriskit Sat 16-Mar-13 21:18:04

Uniqlo, Sainsburys and, like a previous poster said, Laura Ashley.

PretzelTime Sat 16-Mar-13 21:28:41

Can someone link to one of those good quality Dorothy Perkins tops please?

threepiecesuite Sat 16-Mar-13 21:33:07

Surfdome are doing this Esprit one at a bargainous price, can recommend Esprit for decent quality.

bran Sat 16-Mar-13 21:37:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Which American A ones do people rate? They always feel really thin.

DewDr0p Sat 16-Mar-13 23:59:25

Just bought some of the Next basic ones - a mix of long sleeved/short sleeved/vests. Have washed them a few times now and they seem be be holding up ok. They are pretty cheap too (much cheaper than Gap)

Dorothy Perkins (which I can buy in Singapore) and Tu at Sainsburys (which I stockpile on annual UK visits). I live in T shirts year round and the Tu ones are amazing.

TigerseyeMum Sun 17-Mar-13 01:19:56

Brora t shirts and long sleeve tops are excellent. Very good quality.

Expensive but you can usually pick them up in the sale.

Also have 1 Dorothy Perkins one which is reasonable.

lesmisfan Sun 17-Mar-13 18:54:02

H&M are fantastic, reasonably long in the body, nice fabric and last forever.

Corygal Sun 17-Mar-13 19:58:37

Uniqlo. Or Primark.

SpringyReframed Sun 17-Mar-13 21:40:18

Uniqlo. Great cut, great price and wash very well.

abigboydidit Tue 19-Mar-13 19:06:03

Just got a H&M catalogue through the post with a free delivery code so was going to order a few as they look a good length & nice fit but notice they are jersey fabric. Does anyone know if its that awful thin, shiny stuff that clings to my belly & trouser waistband or the nicer jersey that sort of drapes? Thanks.

PullyWoolOver Tue 19-Mar-13 19:30:00

Just adding my 2p's worth! I started a thread about this very thing last week and was recommended long-sleeve tees from Peacocks. I bought a couple at the weekend and can report that they are nice thick cotton and long in the body. I need to check what happens post-washing but am quietly hopeful.

At £6 they are bargainous and certainly much nicer than the crap that I tried on in Gap grin

abigboydidit Tue 19-Mar-13 21:32:11

Peacocks? I thought they went bust?

ouryve Tue 19-Mar-13 21:40:29

Jersey is just the name for knitted fabric such as t-shirt fabric. Look for cotton or mostly cotton rather than polyester "modal", nylon or viscose (which is the stuff that looks great for 3 minutes, then creases like mad and goes baggy)

There's a Peacocks at Washington Galleries. I was pretty surprised to see it there. I never went in, since it looked like it was full of little more than cut price shiny leggings.

Bouncey Tue 19-Mar-13 22:07:23

Another vote for uniqlo. Good quality and lots of colours. Boden is also good, washes and wears well.

Suttonmum1 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:23:37

Sainsbury's have some short sleeved with Modal(?) cotton which feel like the ones that M&S have sporadically (but hardly ever when I'm there). Think they had white, green, blue and poss black. These are much nicer feel to the standard Primark/M&S ones.

cornsilkcremeeggspotter Wed 20-Mar-13 05:01:51

I bought one reduced in sainsburys yesterday for £3.75. Bargain!

littlepeas Wed 20-Mar-13 10:25:37

Isabella Oliver/Baukjen. I am still swearing long sleeved maternity t shirts from 4 years ago (not pregnant!) and they are by far the best I have ever owned. Expensive, but cost per wear will be ridiculously low. Size up for a nice, skimming fit.

Stevie77 Wed 20-Mar-13 11:32:14

Err, actually, Gap. They do do great cotton t shirts that are a good fit. Not sure which ones you ordered but try the Pure Body range.

I also like the Primark ones but find the quality has gone downhill (amazing! I know!) and they now shrink in the wash and the hems Frey.

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