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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.

 

The Spring Edit

February 13, 2013
tags: , , , , boy by band of outsiders, , , frog, , , lemon dress, must-haves, , pastels, resort, , , shopping list, silk cami, , , spring 2013, , , , tabitha simmons, ,
by Sonia

Spring_Edit

Fashion Week has a few effects on me aside from exhaustion. For one, it makes me excited about a season 6 months before it even starts. It also makes me reevaluate my current wardrobe to see if there is any way I can replicate what I’m seeing on the runway into my daily outfits (so far, imitating the excessive layering I’ve seen on the catwalk has really paid off in keeping me warm this week). But perhaps the most uncontrollable side effect of fashion week is my elevated compulsion to shop.shop.SHOP.

Along with what’s coming down the runway, I’m surrounded by impeccably dressed women (and sometimes men) who make me hate everything in my closet. I am in a constant state of jaw-to-the-ground awe at the street style looks during fashion week, mental noting every Tibi pump and Stella McCartney jacquard jacket that comes in my direction.

And so, while we may still be the midst of winter, it’s time to start bookmarking and/or credit card swiping the pieces that we’re most looking forward to wearing come spring. After all, it will be here before we know it so it’s best to buy that pair of two-tone jeans before they sell everywhere. Notice how I’m using the “we” here? That’s me manipulating you into thinking you’re a compulsive buyer too so I don’t feel as bad about my addiction. I’m a meany. So hate me.

Just kidding. Don’t hate me. I love you?

Ok, enough. Let’s check out what I’m coveting:

 

Clockwise from top left:

Alice & Olivia dress

Opening Ceremony bag

MiH Scalloped Linen shorts

Tabitha Simmons sandals

Étoile Isabel Marant dress

Illesteva sunglasses

Asos Doorknocker earrings

J.Crew Boy shirt

Stella McCartney flared pants

Boy. by Band of Outsiders jacket

J.Crew Frog bracelet

Tibi Silk cami