If you’ve been on social media these days, I’m sure you’ve seen an ad that’s telling you that your current t-shirts are trash and they aren’t flattering to your “dad bod” or whatever type of body you have. Fresh Clean Tees is one such ad. We’ll be unpacking my first encounter with this brand since I had to give it a try for the sake of “Taking one for the team”.
Subscription companies have no shame in our current market since everyone has the ability to leverage this trend and create their own little area to earn market share. T-shirts are one of them. We’ve seen coffee, razors, soap, hair care products, and now, undergarments.
Don’t get me wrong, these are not bad things. It’s certainly a new level of convenience that, if you’ve not experienced, you’ll wonder how you made it this far without it. You may even digress into thinking you had been suffering for all of those years. And may very well have been.
Fresh Clean Threads
Fresh Clean Tees started in 2015 as a subscription t-shirt company who would offer premium t-shirts providing the worlds best fitting tee shirt. The goal was to provide the best possible t-shirts for men.
This goal has since been extended to providing clothes men want to wear. Typically we always aim for t-shirts because if they aren’t stand alone shirts, we always will layer them under something else. Black t-shirts are the most popular product for them.
Myself, I prefer other shades outside of white and black for many different reasons. And, Fresh Clean Threads offers a good variety of these.
Today, Fresh Clean Tees is known as Fresh Clean Threads. While they still provide the subscription services some of us have grown to enjoy, they have extended the product line to long sleeved tees, henleys (which are my winter favorite style shirts), slim-fit t-shirts, hoodies, boxer briefs, v-necks, crew necks, tanks, you name it.
The saturation of subscription based services is growing at an alarming rate. It’s nearing the level of irritation when you’re trying to browse social media or watch YouTube. However, there are some of those that are useful.
According to Forbes, the subscription e–commerce market is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years. Growing from $120.04B in 2022 to $904.2B by 2026. Existing subscription brands grew their customer base by 31% in 2021 alone.
While this is good news for the market for now, we’ll see how it actually turns out when big box stores start figuring out this trend and make their attempts at stifling the success of small entrepreneurs. At the same time, there will always be those who want to go to Walmart and buy these products so I’d say if they don’t get too greedy, they’ll survive the growth of the little guys.
That being said, the market is ripe for these niche areas for men who don’t have time to go by 10 thread count shirts. And yes, we do enjoy comfort when we’re working hard.
Granted, I’m focused on the mens products because, well, I don’t buy womens products and I know very little about them.
For this article, I’m going to focus on the classic t-shirts that I decided to kick the tires on. I purchased the 5-Pack of the best sellers as my initiation. This 5 pack was $80, marked down from $95. We’ll discuss a direct comparison later.
Fresh Clean Threads offers the standard delivery options. However, they also provide the subscription based option that allows you to modify your products and delivery time frames as you see fit for your lifestyle. If you live in Florida and work outside, maybe you need new t-shirts on a more frequent basis. You can select a 3 pack to be delivered to you once a month, 2 months, or 3 months.
The pack that I ordered took roughly a week to arrive.
Without trying them on, I ordered mine as a medium. I’m 5’-9.5” and roughly 180. I’m not shredded by any stretch but I have a pretty respectable dad bod without all the extra fluff. If I had any extra fluff, I would need to go up a size. I’m a 42R clothing size that generally needs to have the sides taken in some. If you like a little more room, go up a size.
Understanding the size I purchased, they fit great. I was pleasantly surprised. Even after washing and drying them, they fit well. I’m not one to go overboard with room in my shirts. I will say that the black shirt shrunk more than the rest and is now shorter in length. It’s a little more difficult to keep tucked in. This is an issue if you wear them as undershirts. There aren’t many more annoying things than your undershirt coming untucked from your actual shirt. That adds the extra fluff without actually having it.
A lot of t-shirts are soft when you unpack them but after a few washes, they start to stiffen and lose their smooth feel. They start to feel like thin tissue paper.I haven’t experienced this yet after wearing them for over a month and washing them weekly.
T-shirts have to be able to breathe and move with you throughout the day. So far, these have hit all of the needle movers with the exception of the black shirt. I’m not sure why it’s any different than the charcoal or white one, but I’m just telling you how it is.
For transparency’s sake, I’ve never been one to go cheap on undershirts. I typically buy the Nordstrom brand trim fit Supima cotton crew necks (only white). They run $45 for a 4 pack. And initially, are heavenly after you wash them once. They fit well too if you’re seeking the more athletic type of fit for your build. I’ll say that they don’t hold up well over time. Not to mention that I think they actually enjoy pit stains. I’ve ruined each t-shirt in a matter of 2 months.
I have also noticed a couple of other brands of t-shirts that are available which I haven’t tried. True Classic Tees, Amazon T-Shirt Club (Of course Amazon has a t-shirt subscription, cause why not?), Tomorrow’s Laundry, Good Life, and a few other t-shirt clubs that offer crafty, funny shirts. I’m not going to reach out to give a direct comparison to everyone for these other companies.
There are other companies that will offer similar services but take them way beyond the essentials that you need. Like Stately Men and Stitch Fix. If you need to order curated boxes of clothes, then you’re obviously at a different level than I am.
Comparing these to Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and the time honored value brands, this isn’t fair. There is a reason why you can buy 15 shirts for $20. It’s not for a buttery softness of a Fresh Clean Threads t-shirt.
I would recommend giving Fresh Clean Threads a try. Splurge if that’s what you want to call it. You won’t be sorry unless you happen to order the wrong size. Do your research on this so you can be sure that you’ll be satisfied. Nothing is more disappointing than ordering something that’s the wrong size and it puts a stain on the supplier without it being their fault.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable. Being uncomfortable while you’re at work doesn’t mean you earned it any more than the guy who is enjoying himself. You can make the foundational differences to make yourself happier. Starting with a t-shirt is a rather effortless way of doing that.
Just because John Wayne wiped his ass with sandpaper doesn’t make him a badass or a genius. It only means he hadn’t tried Charmin, or he made a conscious decision to choose sandpaper over Charmin. That would make him a moron. Trying Fresh Clean Threads may make you feel like a genius.