I bought into the whole “performance” gear clothing a few years ago. I started with a t-shirt with a well known logo and found that it was very comfortable. I have always worn a t-shirt under my regular shirts, for comfort and it looks nice, and the whole perspiration thing. Yes even in Texas a nice cotton t-shirt can be comfortable in the summer. I found the performance t-shirts to be quite comfortable, perhaps even more than the standard cotton shirts.
Now I know that cotton is grown here, and I hate to take food out of the mouths of our state farmers. When I was younger I was fairly active running and some other outdoor activities, so I became acquainted with the performance clothing, and the associated brands. They really serve a purpose and help with keeping cool during exercise. I just expanded them to my daily use as well.
I was reading a label on a new shirt; apparently it is “engineered.” OK, I guess I hadn’t thought about that. I think of engineers as building machines and such, not holding different threads up to a light and then deciding on which one to make a t-shirt out of. The true engineer spirit is the one that can’t leave well enough alone.
Most people say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, an engineer says if it ain’t broke it doesn’t have enough features yet. Engineers are the reason that cars are getting better every year, they are the reason that we have more efficient devices.
A person can actually think like an engineer without getting that specific degree in college, perhaps you have one in your neighborhood, he will be the one that can fix most anything or has that obscure tool you need once every fifteen years. My stereotypical idea of an engineer is not really the one that I see working on fabrics. However I guess that we need those as well, certainly style and engineering can coexist. Perhaps all these “clothing” engineers live in San Francisco and Paris.
I am glad that someone is putting effort into my clothes. I hadn’t given it much thought. Heck I have been wearing the same style jeans for most of my life, actually I can’t remember the last time I went several days without wearing denim. I have worn a combination of the two most popular brands of jeans for my entire adult life. Who thinks about trying to improve those? They seem perfect as they are now. Of course shirts and such have lots of room for improvement. I just couldn’t picture an engineer sitting down at a desk and ciphering out some equations for a better t-shirt. Now don’t get me wrong, I find these new t-shirts quite appealing. They serve a purpose and look good as well.
The real issue is the price, now a cotton t-shirt comes in a pack of three for about what one of the performance t-shirts costs. I mean we expect to pay a bit more for something more functional, so I understand. Besides we need to pay those engineers.