THE WHITE TEE

A com­par­i­son of three ver­sions of the wardrobe es­sen­tial with wildly vary­ing prices.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Look Of Style 2018 -

01 UNIQLO SUPIMA COT­TON $14.90

When it comes to qual­ity, af­ford­able ba­sics, Uniqlo is quite pos­si­bly with­out peer. Case in point: its sig­na­ture Supima cot­ton T-shirt. Supima is the brand name for Amer­i­can-grown Pima cot­ton, which ac­counts for less than one per cent of all cot­ton pro­duced world­wide. With its ex­tra-long, fi ne fi­bres, the fab­ric pro­duced from it is stronger and hence more durable. Pretty im­pres­sive for an item that will get you change from a twenty.

02 JOSEPH MERCERISED JERSEY $135

Award-win­ning Bri­tish fash­ion la­bel Joseph’s take on the clas­sic white T-shirt utilises mercerised jersey cot­ton. Merceri­sa­tion in­volves treat­ing the cot­ton fi­bres in chem­i­cal baths, im­part­ing more ten­sile strength and lus­tre to the fab­ric. The re­sult is a T-shirt that holds its shape bet­ter af­ter mul­ti­ple wash­ings and has a smoother, more lux­u­ri­ous feel on skin.

03 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COT­TON $590

On the higher end of the spec­trum lies Ermenegildo Zegna. By re­viv­ing a her­itage logo, the Ital­ian cou­ture house was able to re­fresh the wardrobe sta­ple. Em­broi­dered in black, it adds a sub­tle touch that in­vig­o­rates an oth­er­wise plain gar­ment. A not-that-sci­en­tific fit­ting test quickly confi rmed that not all cot­ton T-shirts are created equal. The weave felt denser, and the fab­ric the smoothest out of the three. And with that price tag, frankly, we would ex­pect noth­ing less.

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