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The Perfect White Tee

November 11, 2013

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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 Graphic Tee

April 1, 2013
tags: beetlejuice, brian lichtenberg, , celine, editor, frat boy couture, graphic tee, homies, , i don't get drunk, i get awesome, i'm with stupid, idaho no udaho, msgm, , , put me on your blog, , , , , , tees,
by Sonia

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Clothes emblazoned with obnoxious sayings have played interesting roles in my wardrobe since 1995 — the year Clueless came out. It was around this time that I hit up stores like Contempo Casuals (RIP), Delia*s, and Alloy for shirts with words like “Whatever,” “As If,” and “Like Totally” written out in holographic letters across the chest. Fast forward to 1998 and I was the ultimate Abercrombie + Fitch girl. I’d wear the ‘crombie, I’d wear the Fitch, and I also wore the Juicy Couture pants with “Juicy” pasted across my gluteus maximus. Since then I’ve taken a rather long hiatus from wearing any sort of words on a piece of clothing as most of them are fratty dumb sayings like “Idaho No Udaho,” “I’m With Stupid,” and “I Don’t Get Drunk, I Get Awesome” — ugh.

But even I, the ultimate hater of frat boy couture, can be swayed by the right saying. So here you see me wearing perhaps the most obnoxious shirt a blogger could wear and it makes me wonder if this is the start of something tragically awesome. I’ve already started reaching for more printed t-shirts when getting dressed, pairing them with everything from pencil skirts to the printed denim you see here. And now I can’t help but think that maybe this is a step back in my sartorial maturity — though I still love a good turtleneck. I probably won’t start wearing shirts with A+F printed across my chest, but with all the Céline, Homies, and “Put Me On Your Blog” tees, it’s a fair bet that graphic t-shirts are making a major comeback; at least in my wardrobe. And while I don’t think you’ll find me chugging beer with a bunch of dudes over a game of beer pong, given the look I’m getting from the guy in the picture below, I’m pretty sure I’ve got an in with the male crew. Maybe he has a blog, too?

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Love is in the glare.

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I think he liked me!

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Zara jacket | MSGM shirt | Hudson jeans | vintage hat | Kelsi Dagger heels | Angel jackson bag
// photos by Emily Malan

Surrendering to Comfort

October 10, 2012
tags: alexa, biker, , boots, comfort, denim and supply, dressing, , , fringe leather, , , , , , , Ralph Lauren, , , , , , , , william rast
by Sonia

Sometimes you just need a little outfit comfort, which for me means: adios heels, buona sera cotton t-shirt, and aloha super soft jeans.

But while wearing pieces that could easily double as pajamas, I take the opportunity to add some edge to the look — an easy way to take something from boring to interesting without forfeiting comfort. For me this means my statement making leather jacket and Rag & Bone biker boots, but I could also see this working with a pair of loafers and a menswear-inspired oversized blazer.

How do you get comfy without looking like you just rolled out of bed?

William Rast jacket | Denim & Supply shirt c/o | J Brand jeans c/o | Rag & Bone boots | Mulberry bag | Ray Ban sunnies

photos by Emily Malan

Summer Edge

July 30, 2012
tags: acne, , aritzia, , boots, , citrine by the stones, cuff, double, , , forward fashion, harputs, , , pistol, rain, ripped, rose gold, , , , summer edge, , umbrella, , wolf
by Sonia

As you may have been able to tell from many of this summer’s outfit posts, I really turn up the girly factor when it’s blazing hot outside. Feminine dresses, billowy skirts, and colorful sandals are pretty much all I wear.

I decided to try to an edgier look this past weekend by pairing some ripped up cut offs with my signature fall boots, a vintage inspired tee and a heavy metal cuff by Citrine by the Stones. And thanks to the rain I got to break out my oversize rain jacket and the faulty umbrella I picked up on the corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Ave. Gotta love those umbrellas guys for those times when you get caught in a storm, which has been me for the past few rainy days. Get.A.Clue.

I have to admit that I prefer the summery frocks during this time of year, but I’m ready to switch things up for some fall apparel because I’m starting to miss boots, pants, and jackets.

Harputs jacket | Aritzia shirt | vintage cut offs | Acne boots | Alexander Wang bag | Citrine by the Stones cuff c/o Bib & Tuck

// photos by Emily Malan

Jetlag

July 24, 2012
by Sonia

Yesterday morning I woke up exhausted. It’s not that I even did anything crazy last weekend, but for some reason it feels like I have weekend jetlag. Needless to say, when I woke up yesterday morning my outfit inspiration levels were inappropriately low.

In moments like these I grab for something low key, flattering, and simple. This fit-and-flare dress paired with a basic white t-shirt seemed like the closest thing to jeans and a t-shirt (it was too hot yesterday to wear jeans otherwise that would have been the outfit) and I finished off the look with what are perhaps the most comfortable sandals in history.

Even though I felt brain dead for most of the day, at least I could be happy and comfortable in my outfit.

Cynthia Steffe dress | Gap t-shirt | Worishofer sandals | Vintage sunglasses | Zara bag | Tom Binns cuff

// photos by Emily Malan