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Guess Which Burnout Tee Costs Less

Burnout tees

Celebs like Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan and Lauren Conrad love their burnout tees, a go-to basic that's hot for spring. I love a soft, comfy tee as much as the next girl, but I won't spend more than $20 to get one. (And usually, it's more like $10 on sale.) But some designer versions of the burn out tee trend can cost as much as $375 (I kid you not). Can you guess which of the tees above carries that hefty pricetag, and which tee costs less? Answer after the jump...

LEFT: Maison Martin Margiela Burnout Princess-Seam Tee, $375.00 at
RIGHT: Alternative Apparel Burnout Deep V-Neck Tee with Pocket, $25 at

Like the look? Browse my picks for the best burnout tees below, priced from $8.99 to $45.

I wouldn't pay 99 cents for that.
#1 DY on 2009-03-11 17:43 (Reply)
I think burnout tees are a great casual basic. I have yet to own one, but I'm always looking for the perfect one, so I'll have to browse your list and find something fantastic. Thanks for the picks, BB!
#2 Katie on 2009-03-11 18:02 (Reply)
I hear the new fashion label CLOAK has really trendy burnout tees with this really unique design they call TATU. Check them out at
#2.1 Denae (Homepage) on 2009-05-06 20:45 (Reply)
OH MY GOSH! 375 dollars for a flipping t-shirt???? that's sooo ridiculous! Whoever actually pays that much for a t-shirt is obviously an idiot and getting robbed.
#3 Heather on 2009-03-11 18:33 (Reply)
I like the one on the right better; burnout can be SO cute if done right. I like the pattern on the sheer side.
#4 Jacki (Homepage) on 2009-03-11 21:00 (Reply)
Wow the shirt on the right is so much better than the left! I don't even like the one on the left.
#5 Karen on 2009-03-12 00:41 (Reply)
Love these seemingly 100 yr old, washed a million times tshirts! Can't wait to pick some up. Such a great way to rock out some conservative dress pants, or a skirts or slouchy shorts. man! these are great. super post, BB!
#6 allison on 2009-03-12 10:05 (Reply)
I actually like the one on the left better. The one on the right is cute too but I can tell by the cut and the little pocket it might not hang right on everybody (I have a large chest and those little pockets sometimes don't look so good). BUT there's no way in hell I'd ever, ever, ever pay that much for a t-shirt (I'm hard-pressed to pay that much for almost anything). I went on the website and it says it's made from "50% cotton, 50% polyester" but it's made in Italy. I guess one is paying for the little t-shirt's flight from Italy. That is something to think about: most fast fashion is made in China, where the workers don't make nearly as much as Italian workers (or American ones). It's a give and take and something I've been struggling with, as I do like shopping at Target and other fast fashion stores.
#7 DB on 2009-03-12 10:23 (Reply)
Yeah both of those shirts are ugly... I don't know why people would wast 300 bucks on that shirt.. that is not fashion.
#8 Erin (Homepage) on 2009-03-12 11:11 (Reply)
I've actually seen some really cheap ones at Forever 21. I personally don't like the tees in any color but white. I've been wanting a white burnout tee in FOREVER though.
#9 Celeste (Homepage) on 2009-03-12 14:25 (Reply)
Yeah I agree with Celeste. White isn't bad. I'm not a fan of the other colors.
#10 DY on 2009-03-12 14:33 (Reply)
check out they have a clearance section.
#11 customer (Homepage) on 2009-04-07 17:59 (Reply)
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