My fellow Evil Traditionalists are disputing modesty, once again, on their blogs and in our elite, super-secret email list. Yawn. This time, the subject is T-shirts. Should a respectable Catholic man ever be seen in just a T-shirt? If so, in what circumstances? Yawn. In the locker room? In a campground? At home? At Mass? At Prom? Yawn.
Personally, I'm not much for T-shirts. I wear them every day, of course, but always underneath something else. Around the house I might wear my Free State Brewery T-Shirt (the one from the Lawrence, Kansas restaurant that seems to be coast to coast, with the statement from the Capuchin friar, Brother Epp who suffered through prohibition: "Without beer, things do not seem to go as well"). But I never, or almost never, go out in public in a T-shirt (except on the mad dashes to the hardware store as I'm doing my Saturday chores). I agree with my fellow Evil Trads that T-shirts should not be worn about in public (but more because it's sloppy and low-class than because it's immodest). I'll also add that I really dislike T-shirts with images of our Lord or the Blessed Mother on them--they really shouldn't go on something so banal.
However, I respect others' opinions on the matter (so long as I don't have to sit behind them in their T-shirts at Mass). If you're one of those others, and you really want a T-shirt, you should check out this guy, who sells "traditional" T-shirts, at least insofar as any T-shirt can be traditional. If I were a T-shirt guy, I'd order one each of the last two ("When does the next crusade begin?" and "Ecclesia Militans"), and I've already sent him and idea for another.