Target T-Shirts Review
The house-brand Merona and Circo tees have soft, mid-weight material and fit well, but collars that stretch in the laundry and noticeable fraying at the edges knock the tees down a notch.
The men's Merona Ultimate tee we purchased from Target -- a V-neck, as there were no crew-necks in a men's size large -- was priced a bit on the high side at $13. The 100 percent cotton shirt gets props in Target T-shirt reviews on the retailer's website for finding a happy medium when it comes to both weight and fit. Our adult T-shirt tester said the Merona tee conformed to his arms nicely. Post-washing, this V-neck showed the least shrinkage of any adult tee we tested, giving up only half an inch of length from shoulder to hem.
Although the shirt didn't lose much in the way of inches, it didn't fare quite as well when it came to wear and tear. This was the only tee that looked faded after our stress test, and we identified fuzzy halos of fabric wear along the shirt's edges and collar. One reviewer also warns that the printed-on label inside the collar can irritate the neck as it wears off.
The boys' Circo short-sleeve shirt emerged a better bargain than its Merona men's counterpart. Regularly priced at $6 (we paid $5), this 100 percent cotton crew-neck seemed to be stitched adequately. The fabric is substantial enough that one review on the Target website the white tee as opaque. While this T-shirt was initially a little roomy on our child tester, who is on the slender side, it did shrink 1 inch after washing, resulting in a perfect, relaxed fit. After our washing and drying regimen, the Circo tee exhibited some of the same fuzziness around the collar and edges that the Merona men's shirt did. We didn't notice much fading, but as with the Merona tee, the collar got wider and stretched out of shape.
Target's Merona and Circo T-shirts earn praise for their fit and fabric weight, but they also stretched in the collars and showed some fraying post-washing. Despite such wear issues, they made it onto our "good" list as decent options for the price.