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The Perfect White Tee

November 11, 2013

White_Tees

Clockwise from top left: Etoile Isabel Marant | Rag & Bone | R13 | Topshop | T by Alexander Wang

 

There are a couple of things I consider to be essentials in my wardrobe — a leather jacket, flattering jeans, a classic black bag — but I’ve found none to be as versatile and important as the simple white t-shirt. Worn casually with a basic pair of jeans or dressed up with a floor-length skirt, the options for styling a plain white t-shirt are literally endless — it’s the finding of the ultimate PWT (plain white tee) that can be tricky.

I used to wear white Hane’s t-shirts exclusively — they’re just so affordable and easy to find! — but realized that their boxy fit and crunchy fabric wasn’t the most flattering to my shape. I then turned my attention to American Apparel tees that feature a softer fabric but still have the unfortunate quadratic fit. Knowing fully well that I needed a better option/go-to for a white tee (and aware that I wasn’t alone in the quest to find the perfect one), I started to think about all the qualities I look for in a good tee. The first thing that came to mind was thinness; I want the fabric to be worn-in enough that you can see my areolas bra beneath it. The next thing that perked up in my noggin was obviously the shape of the tee. I don’t want anything too fitted, but I also don’t want to look like I’m wearing a shirt made for Spongebob. A slight tapering at the waistline with a looser and wider fit at the hemline is ideal. Then there’s the sleeve situation. I hate when sleeves are baggy and long, fitting like an extra large sweatshirt sleeve cut just above the elbow. But I also hate when the sleeve is so tight it looks like it’s pinching my sagging tricep arm. There should be a happy medium between the two where the hem of the sleeve sits about 4-5 inches below my shoulder and has room to slip one to two fingers between the fabric and my skin. I’ll bet you never thought someone could get so particular about something as simple as a white t-shirt; or maybe you have and that’s why you’re still reading this post. The good news is that there are multiple brands that understand the art of the perfect white t-shirt and though they’re not as accessible as a Hane’s t-shirt at your local Duane Reade, they’re just a click away from your fingertip (after you put in your credit card number and billing zipcode but whatever you know how to online shop).

My favorite t-shirt brands include but are not limited to: Etoile Isabel Marant, Topshop, T by Alexander Wang, R13, Rag & Bone, Wilt and LNA and can be shopped in the slideshow below.

 

February Spring

February 28, 2011

Yesterday was perfect. I started off my day with my typical Sunday routine of coffee and the NY Times Style section and then spent the rest of the day hanging out with my friend Erin before we curled up on her couch to watch the Oscar’s which is easily my favorite TV night of the year.

Aside from it just being a perfectly planned Sunday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. So, to take full advantage of the weather I threw on one of my favorite lighter jackets that I’ve so missed during these cold winter months and walked Finn over to Erin’s apartment in the West Village. We spent the rest of the day poking our noses into local boutiques, getting a relaxing manicure, and doing some necessary grocery shopping for our little Oscar night feast.

With the weather being so beautiful yesterday, I decided to wear a skirt that I normally reserve for the spring and summer. Being that it’s a pale, eyelet, cotton skirt it’s not a skirt that really makes sense for colder weather, but the glistening sun and cloudless sky were so welcoming I felt it was only appropriate to pull it out from the back of my wardrobe. I paired it with a warm cashmere sweater and tights assuming that I would most likely wind up freezing, but it turned out to be the ideal outfit for a sunny day with a cool breeze.

Free People coat, Theory sweater, vintage necklace, Hue tights, J.Crew boots (last seen here), Chloe Paraty bag (last seen here), Karen Walker sunglasses •

Luscious Leather

October 27, 2010
tags: , buttery leathers, , f/w 2010, , , leather backpack, leather bags, leather clothing, leather dresses, leather jackets, leather jewelry, leather pants, leather shoes, leather skirts, little black dress, luscious leathers, , s/s 2011,
by Sonia

Leather is one of those fabrics that I just can’t get enough of. I love its buttery soft texture, how it adds an edginess to almost any look, and that designers are now using it to make a variety of different garments. Luscious leathers graced the runways of both F/W 2010 and S/S 2011, and the second the temperature dropped in NY people were busting out their leather jackets left and right. I already own two black and two brown leather jackets and far too many leather bags, but I can’t seem to help adding this delicious fabric to my wardrobe. And although leather goods tend to be on the pricier side, they’re durable enough to last awhile and almost always worth the investment; just like a little black dress, leather will never go out of style. Here are some of this season’s latest leather pieces that I’m dying to get my hands on:

 

  1. Topshop Leather Side Tie Tunic - $145
  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather A-Line Skirt - $595
  3. Maje Anabelle Leather Dress - $685
  4. Fossil ‘Vintage Reissue’ Backpack - $218
  5. Givenchy Leather Cuff - $420
  6. Motif 56. Maxi Wide Zipper Belt - $198
  7. Pointer Elsie Oxford - $264
  8. Helmut Lang Leather and Stretch-Jersey Leggings - $690
  9. Maje Ampoule Leather Top - $485
  10. All Saints Owain Jacket - $690