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Tee is a staple
These are staples in my closet and I own 3. I have a medium from a few years ago and 2 smalls. They are not fitted and I that is fine by me. The smalls fit me better and 80% of the time I wear a medium in Patagonia tops. I will repurchase if I need another but they hold up well to washing/drying and dry pretty quickly if hand washing when camping... Read More.
Bigger than Before
I like this T because it is cotton. I have many owned in previous years, and of course still have them. They wash up well. I like it shorter because I wear tights and it isn't bunched up because there is a lot to tuck in. I would prefer the previous neckline. I agree with some that it should be more fitted and hope there is a redesign for that... Read More.
Bring back the mainstay
Please bring back the old mainstay tee. It was my go to t-shirt. I own several and I am due for a refresh. This new one is too short, boxy, wide neck, and basically a totally different shirt. How about making it new sku and bringing back the classic mainstay? Thanks
Loved this shirt so much
Loved this shirt so much that I bought a second one. I know a lot of people don't like this new cut as much as the older version but I don't have that to compare it too and really love how this one fits. I am 5-3/120lbs and bought the medium because I wanted a looser fit and its perfect.
Please bring back previous version of this tee
The 2022 tee is approximately 2-3" wider in the trunk area, and approximately 2" shorter than the 2021 off-white tee. This makes for a boxier shirt that is just simply not flattering. Also the crew neckline is larger than before. I prefer the smaller crew neckline. The 2021 tees fit like a glove-- I seriously wear these everywhere, for ... Read Moreall of my workouts, under all my flannels and jackets. The fabric is unmatched. I just simply LOVED how you used to make these.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 7, 2022
Hello Sasha! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit changes. We did redesign this shirt for Spring 22'. That said, we'll share your feedback regarding the changes with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Need one in every color!
This is by far the BEST t-shirt out there. The fit is right on, the sleeves are cut beautifully to accentuate the upper arm above the biggest part of the biceps (think Michelle Obama), neckline is perfect, and the weight is fantastic for hot weather. Colors are colorfast. I have 5 of these shirts! LOVE THEM.
Two versions of Mainstay
I have worn the Mainstay tee for several years and always loved it. I own 8 of these tees! However, there appears to be a new version that has a very different fit. For starters the neckline has gone from more of a crew neck to a scoop neck. The newer fit is an inch or two shorter, has a larger pocket, and now includes side slits. Overall, just fee... Read Morels smaller for the same shirt, in the same size. Will be returning the 2 new versions I just purchased. Why change a good thing? Please bring back the previous fit! FYI, the model is wearing the newer fit. Several of the shirts in the color option photos appear to be the previous fit. I rated this 1 star because it is deceptive to sell 2 different products under the same name. They are not the same!!!
Please bring back older version!
Joining others here to express my disappointment with the redesign, which is too short, has overly large pocket, and needless side vents. Old shirt was the perfect Mainstay for my wardrobe. Now it has gone back, sadly, as a return.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 28, 2022
Thank you for this feedback, Karen. We will pass it along to our product designers. Please let us know if we can help you find an alternative you'll be happier with!
My favorite shirt!
These are a summer staple for me that I wear daily. I have been buying these for years and have them in many colors. Just as a small complaint with the new design...I actually prefer the collar on the older version as it lays flat a little better. Love the new colors with the new design!
Along with all the others the redesign last year was TERRIBLE. Its obvious from the photos that there has been another redesign but it isnt obvious what has been changed. Before we waste time and money on ordering and returning, Patagonia please tell us what has been updated. Without that being clear my review is based on last years version. Its bo... Read Morexy and unflattering with a great fabric.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 9, 2022
Hey Alex, thank you for the review. We're sorry for the frustrating shopping experience, and have passed your suggestions along to our web team for further consideration. In the meantime, please reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) if you suspect there has been a redesign and we'd be happy to give you all the details. It looks like the last redesign for this tee was in Spring '22. We removed external branding, shortened the length and gave it an overall shorter fit than previous versions.
Mainstays *were* my holy grail. I literally got compliments on a white tee shirt, multiple times! I have probably six that are still standing after years of wear, but I always want more. Unfortunately, this redesign is the nightmare I've been anticipating in this frustrating Age of Cropping. This new cut is unflattering for a start *and* impra... Read Morectical in that I would have to be fussing with it and thinking about it whether it's riding up while doing things like setting up camp, portaging, etc. Exactly the antithesis of what I expect from Patagonia gear. PLEASE just bring back the old fit. Have a "Classic Mainstay" version and have "Crop Mainstay" version if you must, but please, pretty please, give us back the best tee that ever was.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 28, 2022
We're very sorry that the new design is disappointing and we appreciate your feedback. Your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and we welcome you to return it to our [Patagonia-owned store in your area](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/). You might prefer the length and design of our Women's Side Current Tee or Work Pocket Tee. Thank you for your review, Gina!
I bought 3 colors in the original style shirt and I was overjoyed that a t shirt could fit as well and also maintain its shape after multiple washings. Please bring back the original shirt and I will purchase every color. I wear it casually as well as under a jacket for work.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 9, 2022
Hi Laura! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes made. That said, we appreciate the request to bring back the original style and we'll share this with our design team.
I have bought this t shirt from the very beginning. I have noticed some of the reviews and yes this design is different. It takes getting used to. What people are complaining about regards to length, I disagree. I wear shorts from Lulu-lemon in the summer and tights in the winter. (California) The tight fit of the bottoms causes me to have to tuck... Read More the shirt in and it bunches up with a longer shirts that the original shirts are. I like the shorter style and even would like it a little shorter. The size xs I do is bigger and would like to see that sized down more like the original. The larger pocket you can actually put things in and it covers my breast in a good way. Overall it is good. A little smaller cut when making the next batch is what I would like though. I cannot size down on a xs. I love you Patagonia. <3
This is the first Mainstay t-shirt I've purchased and I love it. I read many of the previous reviews and it seems people are not happy with whatever changes were made. I love the neckline (not so typical high t-shirt crew neck) and side slits. I haven't washed it yet- if it shrinks, I will be unhappy, as it will be too short. I usually do... Read Moren't put t-shirts in the dryer so we'll see. This has some polyester in it so that make minimize any shrinkage.
New Design Is a No Go
This has been my favorite t-shirt for years and I have several in different colors. The new design has a larger neck opening, slits on the side, shorter sleeves, wider chest width, and a shorter length. Not flattering and I hope you return to the old design, which, when combined with the colors and fabric, was nearly perfect for a daily t-shirt.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 21, 2022
We're truly sorry to hear that we missed the mark with this redesign. We always hope we are taking a step forward when we redesign a product but do apologize for the disappointment this change may have brought you. We went ahead and reached out to you via email to offer some help with your return. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Mainstay is my mainstay
I have been building my collection of these tees for sometime now. No joke, there were nine of them in my laundry last week. I wear them to do errands, yard work, go to the gym, hiking, running and lounging. The fabric is lightweight, but I have only found the white to be too sheer for my liking. That said if the fabric was any lighter it would not... Read More be a good thing in my opinion. The are great in warm weather, high output activities, indoors or layered. Please bring back the three quarter sleeve version - I love that it feels slightly dressier and works well with vests.
I bought this style because I wanted something simple with no logo. I prefer 100% cotton but was willing to try this. Overall it's a nice enough fit, but the body is a bit wider than I'd like. The shoulders are fitted which is okay. Going up a size is too baggy in the body and sloppy looking. The length of this top is good. Would love to ... Read Moresee other colors.
Re-designed Mainstay Pocket Tee
I read the reviews prior to ordering these ( I have 3 from last year and love them) and was worried I wouldn't like them. I just got them and love the redesign! The relaxed neckline is great and the shortened length is perfect for me, as I am short waisted, so, I actually like this fit better than the old version!
Agree with others on boxy fit & desire to bring back old style
I love the quality & color choices but HATE the redesign. Like others have said, it's just boxy, a bit shorter in length and also shorter in sleeves. Also I found the tag on the inside of the shirt to be extremely scratchy against my waist. I had to carefully tear it out because any remnants of the tag was scratching my skin. I absolutely... Read More love Patagonia and I'll certainly keep wearing the Mainstay shirts I purchased that are the new version, but I really hope they can bring back the much loved classic style/fit.
Response from PatagoniaJune 6, 2022
Hi Sarah, we're so sorry to hear about your experience with the revised Women's Mainstay Pocket Tee. If you find the fit too bothersome, please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Not a fan of the 2022 redesign.
I have six of these tshirts from 2021 that are perfect. Not at all a fan of the shorter length and added side slits in the 2022 redesign. Took a perfect, comfortable basic tee (which is so hard to find) and totally ruined it. Hope to see a change back to the old design in the future.
Response from PatagoniaJune 2, 2022
We're truly sorry to hear about your experience with our redesigned Women's Mainstay Pocket Tee. We went ahead and reached out to you via email to offer some help with your return. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Not what it used to be
I used to love this shirt. It was my go to for travel and just something casual to wear. I am disappointed my the new upgrade. The shirt is boxy now. The pocket is larger, the sleeves and length are shorter, and now there are side slits. Please, please, please bring back the old design. It was extremely flattering and comfy to wear. I was looking f... Read Moreorward to adding new colors to my collection, but sadly I will be returning these.
Response from PatagoniaJune 2, 2022
Hi Lindsay! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're very sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes. We truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design crew.
Changed the design
I bought 2 of these shirts for the summer. I didnt realize the design changed. The fit is now boxy and shorter. The fabric is great and the colors beautiful. I preferred the old style which was my go to summer shirt. If I buy more I will go down to size medium because of the fit.
Bring back old style
This new design is a poor fit on me. Too short and boxy. Was hoping for new colors in the old version of the shirt which was perfect. Please consider bringing that back with these color options. Thank you
Response from PatagoniaMay 11, 2022
Hello, thank you for providing us with this feedback on our Mainstay Pocket Tee. The main difference that has been noted on the newest version of this shirt is shorter length and a slimmer fit. The style is currently measuring smaller than intended but it is slated to have that issue corrected for Fall '22. It sounds like the length was the main issue for you. You might be interested in checking out our [Women's Side Current Tee](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-side-current-tee/52425.html?dwvar_52425_color=SGRY&cgid=root) which is a similar style but a bit longer.
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I agree with many of the reviewers regarding last year's design of this tee shirt. I have 6 or 7 of these in size small from last year. They are my absolute favorite tee shirts....the light feel of the fabric, the design and fit are perfect for me. Saw a difference in the new design and read the reviews before I purchased the blue color which ... Read MoreI love. Will not purchase it now. Don't want shorter sleeves, larger neck, shorter length and slits on the bottom. Please go back to old design!
Response from PatagoniaMay 9, 2022
Thank you so much for your feedback. Although we wish to make every revision a step forward, sometimes we can miss the mark. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about these new revisions. We have passed this information along to our Design Team.
I own several older mainstay tees. I returned 2 of these new tees and exchanged a third for a smaller size because I like the medium blue color. The XS fits well enough to keep, but I agree with several of the other reviews about the changes, so for me this shirt is just okay. I hope you will go back to the old design of this tee!
thankful someone finally removed that label at the side that stuck out , I always cut it off of this basic T and now its gone! yay!! the large fits perfect , I can wear a medium also but prefer the looser fit on the large, the side vents don't seem to fit the vibe of this T but they are a nice detail, I'll be purchasing more of this basic... Read More great fitting T more colors please and thank you
Fit has changed in 2022 version
I have 8 different colors of the previous version. I wear them almost every day and they are the best fitting, most comfortable shirts I have found. This new version is wider, shorter, and has slits on the sides. They are not flattering and will be going back. Im sad my favorite shirts are gone!
Response from PatagoniaApril 6, 2022
Hey there Leah! Thanks for taking the time to write a review on our Patagonia Women's Mainstay Pocket Tee. We're sorry to hear that we dropped the ball on this revision. We are noticing that this item is running a bit smaller than intended and we will be correcting this issue for the Fall 2022 season release. Please feel free to go [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) to set up a return if needed. And please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding items sizing, and we will be happy to help!
Bring Back the Original
I have 7 Mainstay T-shirts. I live in this shirt and was excited to buy some new colors. I had no idea that the whole shirt has been remade. The sleeves are shorter, the length is shorter, and the pocket is way bigger!! Who needs a larger pocket on their chest?! At least the fabric is the same and I love the fabric, so I gave it 3-stars. Sadly, I r... Read Moreeturned all of the new ones I purchased. Hopefully, next season you will return to the great basic tee you already made.
I have 5 of these tees purchased last year. I ordered 3 more this year not knowing the design was different. The new ones have slits at the bottom of the side seams, the seam does not lay flat right above the slits. The neckline is a little lower, the sleeves are a little more flared. The overall fit is loose. The older ones are great for memy favo... Read Morerite tees. The new ones might be good for some, tho. I am returning these and hoping I can find the older style from other retailers.
Response from PatagoniaApril 4, 2022
We're sorry this redesign is a miss for you, Clare! We will share this with our product design team. Please let us know if we can be of any help with that return, and thank you for this feedback!
This shirt fits me incredibly well. I'm a 38DDD and finding something that doesn't pull across the chest without hanging to my knees is difficult. Most shirts that actually fit across the chest are huge in the shoulders and really long. I have found nirvana with this shirt. Comfy fabric, looks super cute and flattering. Fantastic length i... Read Mores just right as it nicely hides my bit of extra junk in the trunk. I have 5 of the colors and will purchase more. Great job, Patagonia! Thanks for not making every piece of clothing for extremely thin people. Us buxom gals are athletic, too!
love these shirts but
the fit is great, feel is great, nice lightweight. I have many and wear them all the time. But, why does the fabric pill? i hate that.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 31, 2022
Hey Jane, thank you for the review. Unfortunately, pilling can be hard to avoid since friction is typically responsible, but luckily it's a pretty easy fix. Check out this [tutorial](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o) to remove the pilling.
Boxy unflattering new cut
I have 2-3 of the mainstay tees from the previous generation. Ordered these not knowing they had completely changed the cut. What was once my favorite go to t shirt is now at least two inches shorter and boxy. Going back.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 30, 2022
Hi Evelyn, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the fit didn't appeal to you! We appreciate this feedback, as it’s crucial for improving products for future seasons. We're sorry to hear this Tee was a disappointment once it arrived. If you haven't done so already, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
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