July 22, 2019

Study finds the right T-Shirt will make you cooler* in heat wave

As the July heat wave melted the east coast and midwest with face-puddling temps, a new study from the Journal of Vintage T-Shirts** finds that hot temperatures call for the right shirt. We all go searching for the shirt that’s the ideal weight, fabric, and fit when its hot out. You know which one we’re talking about.

Study finds the right T Shirt will make you cooler in heat wave

Vintage threads will certainly keep you cooler than most performance gear, the study found.

Nobody wants to go to the brunch with the guy who’s wearing the same performance shirt he bought when he was dating that girl who likes hot yoga. But the guy in the 17-year-old AC/DC shirt that’s just the right faded, wrinkled, and screams Sunday Funday? It’ll play.

Solid Threads Vintage Cooler with Retro Cooler Heads Prevail Beer T-shirt

Now, sleeveless shirts are an option to enhance coolness, cause you know, its less fabric (see also: tank tops, half shirts). This look, however, can be a slippery slope. When you’re flashing your guns you’re showing some aggression. You’ll want to take care that the shirt states your business. I’ve been sporting this vintage Bob Dylan / Tom Petty sleeveless number for BBQs, backyard hangouts, and the occasional concert. It gets a good laugh, a nod of respect, and gets some much needed rays to the upper portion of my noodle arms.

Vintage Bob Dylan Tank Top with Retro Sleeveless Shirts from Solid Threads

A V-neck, and particularly a deep V-neck shirt will get more air to the crucial upper-chesty hot-spot. Benefits of the “deep V” are a great place to hang sunglasses, but the deep V also emotes a sensitive vibe that not everyone can pull off. Like someone who really likes Interpol or corrects friends when they mispronounce espresso. Or you’re a total Rockstar like the dude from the Kings of Leon, who I believe holds the world record for deepest V…in hist-O-Ree. So what do we really know – again, we’re just reporting on that new study, remember?

Kings of Leon Lead Singer rocking a Vintage V-neck T-shirt

There’s a fine line on some of those lightweight shirts you’ve been sporting forever. (Case in point, this vintage Grateful Dead shirt that has been jamming a touch too long). It’s got that vintage, worn look, the cotton is super soft (butter, velvet, a million kittens). But its approaching that too thin stage where you can kinda see your nipple through the shirt. Maybe its just a shadow of a nipple, or a notion of a nipple. But nobody wants that. Nobody really even wants to be reading an article that talks about nipples. Moving on.

Vintage Grateful Dead T-shirt

To really beat the heat, consider a brand new, light weight, super-soft, vintage inspired shirt from Solid Threads. Put a smile on someone’s face as they’re melting in the sun with one of our cooler weather themed shirts. It’s the east coast, and sure, we like to pretend like it doesn’t get brain frying hot, but it does. Every summer. Plus there’s the whole global warming thing. So better stock up for next summer too, cause its probably going to be hotter.

Or, pray for better weather. But remember, Jesus is probably down in the southern hemisphere, catching some mad blue bird ski days in like New Zealand (if that’s the southern hemisphere).

Jesus Is My Lift T-shirt Plus Cooler Vintage Inspired T-shirts by Solid Threads

We’re based in Vermont. And its hot here. We’d go swimming but all the pools are filled with maple syrup, but you probably already knew that about us***. At least it will be snowing soon. Therefore, we’re choosing to celebrate Christmas in July. So stay cool and wear cool shirts.

Vintage Inspired Christmas as Fuck T-shirt by Solid Threads

*Not actually, but somebody might think you’re cooler.

**To our knowledge, and a quick Google search, there is no Journal of Vintage T-Shirts.
***This is actually true. Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president who was from Vermont, was the first known man to do this. But he was mostly known for his bitchin’ side whiskers.

Chester A Arthur - Vermont Born, Maple Syrup Swimming President


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Vintage & Retro T-shirts | SOLID THREADS Size ChartVintage & Retro T-shirts | SOLID THREADS Garment Facts

1. Grab a current t-shirt that fits great.
2. Measure the length from the high point of the neck (where it meets the should seam), to the bottom.
3. Measure the chest from side to side 1" below the armpit.
4. Choose a size below with the closest measurements.

MEN
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M
L
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Chest 
18"
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Length 
28"
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WOMEN
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M
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Chest 
16" 17" 18"
Length  25" 26" 27"
TODDLER 2T 4T 6T
Chest 11.5" 12.5" 13.5"
Length 16" 17" 18"
BABY 6M 12M 18M
Chest 8.5" 9.5" 10.5"
Length 13" 14" 15"

An overall fit note:

Our shirts are predominantly true to size, with a slightly tailored cut for a nice framing fit. If you are in between sizes we generally suggest going for the larger option, as they will shrink roughly .5" in width and 1" length when dried on high.

The quality of most funny t-shirts is no laughing matter:

Our t-shirts are custom cut & sewn exclusively for Solid Threads, ethically sourced and responsibly manufactured in the USA. They are made of a 40 thread count, combed cotton/poly fabric for a delectably soft, authentically worn-in look & feel.  As cousin Eddie of the Griswalds says..."Reeeaaaallly niiiiiice Clark"