Officially Start a T-Shirt Collection

April 4, 2008

So you wanna start a t-shirt collection? Oh, it’s no easy task. It’s just like collecting art, minus the square frames and hard to pronounce names. If you wanna be a real tee maniac, it’s about time you officially start a t-shirt collection. Read T-Shirt Magazine’s guide to collecting t-shirts first.

A good collection has both breadth and depth. Breadth: a variety of t-shirt styles, colors, and brands. Depth: a focus on a certain style, color or brand. Maybe you try collecting 10 red t-shirts as your focus but 2 of every other color to have a variety.

Get as many limited edition t-shirts as possible. It’s always good to have a few rare pieces in your collection. Plus, it sucks going out with some crazy shirt on thinking you’re all cool and original and then seeing someone wearing the exact same one.

Buy t-shirts from underground brands. You’ll be one of the only people to own a shirt if it’s from a brand that’s not out there yet. On top of that, when the brand does blow up you can say you started wearing it way before everyone else did.

Keep all your t-shirts in good condition. You don’t have to be a neat freak about it but don’t stain them permanently or tear holes through them regularly. Who wants to walk around in beat up t-shirts anyway?

Buy t-shirts that are considered collector’s items. Shirts based on significant events, iconic figures, or pop culture are good additions to your collection. T-shirts of your favorite bands, shows or movies are great additions.

Have a story for every t-shirt. When buying a shirt for your collection, remember where you got it from, what made you buy it or some notable thing that happened that day. Makes for a good conversation when someone compliments your t-shirt or sees your closet.

When starting off, think quality over quantity. It’s better to have a few really cool t-shirts than a bunch of t-shirts that suck. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for quality, but once in a while you should blow $100 on a single t-shirt if you can afford it.

Pick a few brands whose t-shirts you like and get all the latest releases. Having a truckload of random shirts is cool, too, but having t-shirts from a select few brands shows you’ve developed a taste.

Now you’re ready to officially start a t-shirt collection.