Old Navy T-Shirts Review
By Gina Briles
Old Navy tees hit the mark with mid-weight cotton/poly blend material and a comfortable, body-skimming fit. They also hold up well in the wash.
Our adult tester liked the way the men's shirt skimmed his chest and midsection, without being overly tight, and appreciated the "fine weave" of the fabric. Although the shirt does come in big and tall sizes, the regular tee was adequate for our 6-foot-1, medium-build model. The shoulder-to-hem length was a generous 29.5 inches, which mitigated the impact of nearly 1.75 inches of shrinkage in the wash, even for our long-torsoed tester. Some reviewers posting feedback on the Old Navy website indicate that the larger sizes meet their needs quite nicely. Others find the tees slightly skimpy, but most reviews indicate the shirt is still a good value. About 80 percent of reviewers call it true to size. Among the rest, more buyers find it too small than too big. The shirt is probably best for men who have a slim to medium build and want a slightly tailored fit. This is the only men's tee among our top picks that's not 100 percent cotton; it's made from a 60/40 cotton/polyester blend.
As for the boys' Old Navy T-shirt, it was the only tee we tested that displayed no discernible shrinkage. We measured the shoulder-to-hem length of a size small at 20.25 inches both before and after washing. Unlike the men's shirt, it did show some minor pilling after several wash cycles, but not enough to alter our good opinion. The Old Navy jersey ringer tee is a blend of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester in most colors (white and charcoal heather grey feature a ratio of 60 percent cotton to 40 percent poly).
The fit on our lanky child tester was generous, a finding echoed by parents reviewing this tee on the Old Navy site. Many posters recommend sizing down with this particular shirt. In fact, one customer discovered that smaller men can save a little cash by purchasing tees in the larger or "husky" boys' sizes. More than 200 Old Navy T-shirt reviews rate the tee 4.5 out of 5 stars overall.
In the end, Old Navy tees get the nod for their comfortable wearability; not-too-thin, not-too-thick weight; and good wash performance.