ly I have been upgrading my wardrobe, replacing old clothes with new, outdated with a little more modern, but mostly updating and staying with my classic styles. Now when I was young and it was winter your mom dressed you up with cotton thermals, cotton socks stuffed into shoes covered with overboots (or my favorite – Wonder bread bags on your feet inside the boots to keep you dry) and a wool snowsuit. Warm yes but the cotton got soaked with sweat and the wool snowsuit collected little balls of snow all over it and was scratchy as heck. As I got older I decided cotton socks were not comfortable and when wet with sweat they stunk, so I decided to try merino wool. Soft, comfortable, warm in the winter, cool in the summer and best yet because wool is antimicrobial they didn’t stink, so when it came to buying new shirts for the upcoming cool months I decided why not try wool. I did my due diligence and found that wool is non-wrinkling, 6x times stronger than cotton and adjusts to the temperature. Looking around the internet and I found the Wool and Prince website. This site caught my eye because unlike the others with one color of undershirts they have a full selection of tee’s, long sleeve, henleys and button downs. A few quick keystrokes later and a few days of waiting my package appeared in my mailbox. Now on their site it stated that they were founded by a Kickstarter campaign after the founder of the company wore one of their shirts 100 days in a row with minimal washing. I pulled it out of the package and slipped it on under my flannel. First thought was how smooth it felt nothing at all like I thought it would second was how well constructed it was and how well it fit, not to loose but not too clingy. Sleeves were just right, length was perfect to tuck or not and no tags to scratch. It was then I decided to see if it lived up to the story so for the next 10 days I didn’t take it off except to sleep. Each day (sans one) I slid it under my shirt while I went to work, visited clients, worked outside and just went about my business. Temps ranged from 27 to 45 degrees and even when I was lifting 1000 pounds of beer cases I never really got overly hot even though I did sweat some. Each night I hung it up - each morning I did a sniff test and found much to my surprise it NEVER smelled. The only scent it did retain was my cologne that got over-sprayed onto it. Day 11 came and I finally broke down and threw it in the washer on cold and finished with a cool dry. When I pulled it back on a few days later after a light, cool iron it was softer than when I received it and while I didn’t wear it 10 days straight I did wear it 7 or 8 times before the next washing. I like this shirt so much I am going to invest in a few more tee’s a Henley or two and some button downs when I get a few of the Christmas bills paid off.
UPDATE: March 18th and I am still wearing it. No pilling, softer each washing and even as the weather has fluctuated between 5 degrees and 72 degrees it still is a great shirt for daily wear and I highly recommend them.