100% Cotton; Imported; Button closure; Machine Wash; Relaxed fit; 2 button front dual chest pockets; Gray chambray back neck lining; Washed for softness; Button cuffs
So I'm sitting here contemplating the dermatologist's orders (rather standard, but in these parts standardly ignored) that every square inch of skin must be covered up when one is out of doors here in lovely uptown Arizona.Well, in a country where most women decline to wear burqas, that's not very practical advice... Oh well. Then I remembered: the chambray shirt!Whoa! Literally... Back in the day, when we had a ranch and I used to ride a horse around the boondocks at every possible chance, Phoenix used to host a store called Yellow Front. An odd emporium, it had features of a general store, a Sportsman's Warehouse, and a blue-collar worker's supply. I bought a pair of saddlebags for Babe there -- very handy! And jeans and bandannas and fishing gear and a felt-covered canteen and...all sorts of cool stuff.One of the cool things you could get there were men's blue chambray work shirts. They were cotton plus some kind of synthetic, as I recall -- so you didn't have to iron the damn things, the way you had to iron your daddy's khaki shirts once a week. And they were the bidness! Loose-fitting even in the smallest men's size (which was the only size that would even remotely fit a 120-pound woman), they let air flow all around you (if you left the tails untucked) and so, much like an Arab's white robes, would keep you cool on a warm day by blocking the direct sun while creating a kind of natural air-conditioning.Yellow Front, like all things American and Good, is long gone. In the past I've looked for the things at joints like Target and Walmart and found them...disappeared. Hmmm... chambray chAMbray chAMAZONbray! Why the heck not?Off to the Web! Look it up, and lo! Wrangler still makes them!!! And Amazon has got them!HOT diggety DAYum!Order one up. Late this morning, stroll out to the front courtyard to imbibe the remains of the day's coffee, and lo! There's a package from Amazon. Grab. Rip open. And lo! There's a good old chambray shirt.This one's fabric is a little heavier gauge than the ones I recall. It's 100% cotton. And instead of being made somewhere in New England or the Midwest, it's fabriqué in Bangladesh, which is too bad. Shame on Wrangler! Still...at least they're still making them and shipping them to...Amazon. Yeah.And the "small" size does still fit. A little long in the arms, which as I recall was the case with the original. I used to roll up the sleeves, aping a handsome young man whose style I admired. For an old lady's purposes, though, this is...umh, handy, because when left to their own whim, the cuffs slide down past your wrists and cover about half the back of your hand, thereby protecting the supposedly precancerous area from the dreaded sun.This kind of shirt makes a great lounge-around-the-house cover-up when the weather's cold, too. I don't run the heat in the winter -- saving the power then makes it marginally affordable to run the air conditioning in the summertime. So what's needed here at the Funny Farm is something to keep off the chill that can be run through the washer and is not too fancy to wear while gardening and cleaning the pool and scrubbing down the kitchen and is sturdy enough to hold up to said activities. For the summer: all of the above, except substitute "keep off the sun" for the first desideratum.Just the ticket.Heh. Wrangler. I used to wear Wranglers jeans. That was SO outré! Lawyers' wives did not wear Wranglers. No, nooo, dear, it was just not done! At the worst, you could wear Levis, but even that...tsk tsk. If it cost less than $50, it was just...no.Well, being the sassy little broad that I was, of course I wore Wranglers, because the things fit. Levis do not fit a 120-pound woman with a 130-pound rear-end. 😀 Do not now, did not then, never will. Wranglers would fit real women, and they fit women who were given to riding horses. Not only could you breathe in the things, you could swing your leg up over a saddle and push yourself clear of a horse that was going down or trying to throw you. Not only did I wear the things, I wore them to teach in graduate school. So there!Think I'll order up a few more of these fine garments. Now...if only I could get ahold of another mare...
What I received today is truly disgusting. A used, stained, cologne drenched mens shirt. It arrived in a box, rolled up in a generic plastic bag. That was the first clue. Opening it up was finding a wadded up, wrinkled, seriously smelly mens shirt. I'm not even sure how to describe it other than you wouldn't want to stand near me at at funeral. That's why I ordered this shirt, for my buddies funeral on Friday morning. It's Wednesday. I needn't show more photos as you see the point. I have to put this shirt outside it's so bad.This is a first for me and for such an important occasion to look my best for my friend. Disappointed.
I bought three of the Wrangler Men's Authentics shirts, one in light blue, one in grey, and one in "pumice stone." Overall I think they are an excellent buy for the price; they fit well, and the construction seems very good. But be aware that there is more difference than just color when you select one. The fabric of the blue is considerably lighter in texture than the other two--which I like; I was looking for a light-weight long-sleeve cotton shirt to wear in warm weather--and the construction differs somewhat also; the pumice stone (off-white) one has reinforcing panels inside the yoke. The Amazon listing is somewhat misleading, because it gives you the impression that all that's different is the color. But I'm quite happy with them. Perhaps they are not as high-quality as a shirt from some place like Orvis, but the price of these is about one-fourth that of an Orvis shirt, so you can easily afford to replace them if they wear out sooner.
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