A Love Letter: Old Navy Vintage Tee Review

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One weekend, my daughter and I went to a nearby strip mall to get out of the house on a miserable rainy day and stopped by Old Navy. At the front door, Old Navy had a table full of its perfectly heathered and soft Vintage Tees. I had to write an Old Navy Vintage Tee review; a love letter to a t-shirt that stole my heart.

The Old Navy Vintage Tee in heather gray, as seen on a model on the Old Navy website and used for this Old Navy Vintage Tee review
The Old Navy Vintage Tee, the love of my life

A Love Letter to the Old Navy Vintage Tee

While the Old Navy Vintage Tees were displayed on the table in a variety of necklines, I was drawn to the v-neck. Without trying it on, I grabbed one in a heathered purply blue in size Large. I got home, tried it on, and fell in love.

Since that outing to Old Navy, I have purchased a few more Old Navy Vintage Tees. I have one in heather gray, one in heather blue, and one in a dark pink/faded red. These tees are the perfect weight, the perfect length, and the perfect drape for dressing up or down with most everything in my closet.

Woman in an Old Navy Vintage Tee v-neck in gray-blue with white bootcut jeans and a Stella and Dot coral pendant necklace
Wearing the Old Navy Vintage V-neck Tee with jeans

Old Navy Vintage Tee Review

The heathering is perfect – not too extreme, a true vintage look and feel. The shirt is soft and weathered but completely opaque. The v-neck is deep enough to look feminine but high enough to not expose too much.

While the Old Navy Vintage Tee is fitted, it's not so fitted it draws attention to a midsection or strains over a large bust. This t-shirt is the perfect length where you could tuck it in, or slouch it on the hips untucked. I had a hard time choosing colors as almost all of them look pretty darn fabulous and classic.

Wearing a gray v-neck Old Navy Vintage tee under a black Ann Taylor LOFT suit to work
Wearing an Old Navy Vintage Tee under a suit.

Styling the Old Navy Vintage Tee

That same weekend, I wore my new gray Old Navy Vintage Tee untucked with a pair of denim cutoffs and silver hoop earrings. For some reason, this vintage-looking t-shirt looked more stylish and cool than any other knit top in my closet.

I washed and dried it (slight shrinkage but the same condition and appearance) and wore it again the next day. The second time, I wore it untucked with white bootcut jeans. The effect was casual chic and appropriate enough for dinner with friends or my more casual than business office environment.

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Vince Camuto Blazer, Jag Paley Bootcut Jeans and a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC with an Old Navy vintage tee in gray
Wearing my gray Old Navy Vintage tee with white straight leg jeans and a black Vince Camuto blazer

I think the Old Navy Vintage Tee is excellent under a blazer. I have worn it with a suit to work, but also love it with jeans and a more casual blazer for a going out outfit or a business casual look for the office when my boss is in.

There are some negative reviews, so I believe that like other retailers, the quality is based upon the factory where the tee was made. I can recall when I worked for Express, I preferred their Metro tees made in the Mariana Islands because they had the right weight and amount of stretch compared to supposedly the same tees made in other countries. The tee I am wearing and loving is made in Vietnam.

The next time you visit Old Navy, check out their vintage v-neck tees. Neutrals like blue and gray are classics, but don't discount the dark pink, light purple, or yellow for a subtle pop of color that can dress up and down with ease. Don't be surprised that the Old Navy Vintage Tee becomes your favorite tee in your wardrobe!

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  1. Thanks for the review, which prompted me to go pick up two of these today (2 for $20 here in Canada). I agree with all your points, they are a really nice lightweight flattering tee. I made sure to look for the made in Vietnam ones, thanks for that tip too,

  2. I always browse through Old Navy.  Their pants don’t fit me very well but I’ve had good luck with knits. I’m not surprised that you mention that the source of the item makes a difference.  I’ve found their fit, even in the same style/item isn’t consistent.   Why pay $50 for a t-shirt? 

  3. THANK YOU!  I have been bemoaning the loss of my perfect JCrew artist tees for some time now.  Could these, maybe pretty please, actually be a substitute?  I’ll be stopping by Old Navy ASAP.

  4. Allie – I like it, too!  One of the negative reviews gave me pause, though.  It said the shirt loses its shape and becomes wider after laundering.  I have had this happen before and with my shape, that is a disaster.  It makes me look like Sponge Bob Square Pants!  Do you know how to prevent this from happening?  

  5. sounds fabulous from your review!
    from reading reviews on the site, it seems that they get some pilling after a few wears and washes — would be interested to hear a follow-up review in a bit to see how yours holds up.

  6. Good to know! I have actually found a couple of good things there lately. I tend to order a bunch and return most of it but each time there are 1 or 2 things that I keep. Gotta love their free shipping and returns (even here in Canada which is unheard of).

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