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Ask JessicaShops: I need basics!

tshirtHow do I stock up on basics (cute t shirts, tanks, cami’s etc) without overspending?  Which stores offer the best quality, style and price? 
—– Kim G. Kennesaw GA. 

This is one of my favorite topics because it is easy to overspend on basics at department stores and cute boutiques.    Stock up on inexpensive tees, tanks and undergarments at Old Navy, Target, H&M, Gap, Kohls and American Apparel.   The price is always right even without a sale, quality is good and updated cuts flatter most body types.   

I also recommend a visit to the teen boys and girls departments for t-shirts and tanks.  T- shirts are often priced lower and the cut is better proportioned for women, especially petite women.

15 comments Add your comment


October 26th, 2009
10:04 am

Wow, buy cheap t-shirts at Old Navy and Target? That’s genius! Seriously, does this chick get paid for this??


October 26th, 2009
10:25 am

Jealously and envy will get you nowhere


October 26th, 2009
11:06 am

Some people don’t actually know this kind of stuff and are shopping clueless…she’s just trying to get basics out there. Give a gal a break!


October 26th, 2009
11:30 am

Where can a find a reasonable black and white bed in a bag that doesn’t look old and cheap after you wash it? I have checked Domestications,, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other stores. Any suggestions?


October 26th, 2009
6:24 pm

Instead of buying cheaper clothing, it’s better to buy t-shirts and camis on clearance at Ann Taylor or other higher-end store. I was there a couple of weeks ago and bought their t-shirts for $5.88 in the final clearance area. While I would never pay full retail for t-shirts or camis, getting them for the reduced price is great, and their stuff lasts a lot longer than Old Navy.


October 27th, 2009
11:19 am

i learned the long hard way, don’t bother buying your jersey t’s at cheap stores like Old Navy & Target. all of them somehow manage to both shrink & twist lengthwise & stretch out widthwise after just a few trips through the laundry, and end up an unflattering mess not even fit to paint or work out in. you get what you pay for, quality-wise, and you’ll end up paying it again and again.

American Apparel’s tri-blend track t-shirts hold up the best in my experience, have enough length to cover that muffin-top even after several months’ trips through the laundry, and have a much more comfortable fit.


October 27th, 2009
12:19 pm

Her husband is on the BERT SHOW 99.7. She has connections I’m sure. She’s clueless!!!

Give the Girl A Break

October 27th, 2009
2:26 pm

The ‘column’ is quite brief. Might we expect more text in the future? And who can I contact for my own AJC column? I’ve got great topics!


October 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

Seriously, all of sound like a bunch of arrogant, jealous snobs, who think you are too good for everybody else.
Obviously if you are too rich or too high class for Target and Old Navy, what are you doing looking for a deal?
Just go buy your clothes at expensive stores and if it does not apply to you, stay out of it.


October 27th, 2009
2:50 pm

Not sure how she got this job, but am pretty sure it has something to do with her husband Jeff being on the Bert Show, which Jeff is obnoxious and thinks he is so funny. I guess she needed and job, so the radio let her come on once a week. She’s never really has any earth shattering deals that I’ve noticed. It’s all about who you know…

Paige B. Rampaige Designs

October 27th, 2009
3:25 pm

I am proud of you Jessica. I hope you take these comments with a grain of salt- You have worked HARD to get this nice space. Keep up the good work and show these yahoos what you KNOW!


October 27th, 2009
4:35 pm

Why do all blog commenters have to be haters? With all the stuff on the internet, can’t you just surf to a page that more suits your style? I am looking forward to your contributions, Jessica. There is something for everyone, so know that your information is useful to many!


October 27th, 2009
9:21 pm

People like to hear about deals going on in and around Atlanta and Jessica Shops has a big following so I don’t understand why people have a problem with her having a column or section on Every newspaper in our country is turning to bloggers for off beat information and deals like this. Do you people need someone with a journalism degree and journalist experience to report on good deals in the city…give me a break!


October 28th, 2009
6:08 am

Can’t we all just get along? It’s a silly little blog about shopping and Atlanta. Is your life really so empty and pathetic that you have to anonymously attack people you have never met on the internet? Really? I’ll pray for all of you.

Chief Wiggum

November 23rd, 2009
10:22 pm

I have to LOL about the person that said Jessica “worked HARD” to get this blog. Look at the bottom of the page, the accessAtlanta partner sites. Wouldn’t ya know it? is a partner site. SO…did Jessica pretty much buy her way in?