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Imperfect Articles
SAVE The problem with T-shirts is that they’re either boring and plain or overweening and juvenile. Not the case with those from Imperfect Articles, a small Humboldt Park venture that marries artistically drawn and cleverly conceptual designs with soft American Apparel shirts, hand-dyed in nice, muted colors. Owners Noah Singer and Mike Andrews, both of whom are day-job-supported art-school graduates, scout for interesting graphic artists and turn their ideas into smartly low-key, limited-edition tees for men and women that sell for $35 (pictured).

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853 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-8100 (plus Evanston and Glencoe locations)
SPLURGE Call us crazy but we think someone at this increasingly fashionable, formerly sporty local apparel boutique is a nut for barely-there, thin, soft cotton. This pajamalike quality seems to be the unifying principle behind its always fresh stock of T-shirts for men, such as the vintage-y surf-culture motifs from Ever ($86) and Rogues Gallery ($80). The shirts for women include body-skimming basics from Clu ($68) and C&C California ($64) and ones with a shrunken fit and foxy designs from Le Magnifique ($66).