Arizona T-Shirts Review

Think Twice

Sold at JC Penney stores, these men's crew-neck tees are made of 100 percent cotton and shrink significantly in the wash, resulting in an odd fit that's tight in all the wrong places.

The boys' version of this Arizona Jean Co. crew-neck tee from JC Penney isn't half bad. True, the 60 percent/40 percent-cotton/poly-blend fabric is on the thin side, but Arizona T-shirt reviews on the JC Penney website call this a good, basic shirt that lends itself to layering. Shrinkage was a negligible quarter-inch of shoulder-to-hem length after several wash and dry cycles. The fit was decent, if not spectacular, and we got the $14 shirt on sale for a mere $3.

The men's Arizona slub crew-neck tee ($12) was a different story. The fabric of this shirt was on the thin side and had a textured weave that our shirt model called "slightly scratchy." Online reviewers, though, universally approved of the feel of the fabric, describing it as soft and comfortable. One JC Penney T-shirt review points out that the thin, 100 percent cotton fabric makes this shirt a good pick for hot weather.

The fit of the men's Arizona tee was not as well received as the fabric. Some reviewers posting on the JC Penney site say the tee is cut on the smaller side, and another buyer calls the fit just plain odd. Our tester agreed that the fit of this crew-neck was off-base. After laundering, the sleeves and chest tightened up considerably, resulting in noticeable pulling across the chest. The top of the tee, however, seemed to relax and widen; the neck loosened and looked stretched out. The T-shirt also shrank in length. After a starting shoulder-to-hem measurement of 29 inches, the men's size-large shirt lost a full 1.75 inches. The resulting shoulder-to-hem length of only 27.25 inches made this men's tee the shortest we tested.

In the end, our tester summed up the men's Arizona T-shirt by saying, "This isn't really what I want when I think about putting on a comfortable T-shirt." The tee shrank excessively in the wash, leading to an inconsistent and unflattering fit. And while the boys' shirt was OK, the material was a little too thin for our liking.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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