|Helmut Kinetic Jersey T-shirt|
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A year ago, I pooh-poohed the idea of buying expensive t-shirts. Who in their right mind would spend so much on basic everyday clothes?? Guess I'd have to eat my words then. I've "invested" in statement blouses and pretty dresses only to cringe when I calculate cost per wear. And then, there's my threadbare James Perse long sleeved t-shirt that I'd bought in a moment of madness which needed to be replaced after 7 years of constant wash and wear.
Looking back, I should've learned my lesson. I'd bought cheap tees which stretched, didn't fit right or the fabric clung to every bulge on my torso. They were tossed into the deep abyss of my chest of drawers for several years before I finally gathered and chucked them into the bag for charity. If I added up the cost, I would've been able to purchase at least 4 designer tees at full retail price. Sigh.
Dress them up or down, layer them under jumpers during the colder months, they're just so versatile and an essential to every wardrobe. My two favorite tees from Alexander Wang are perfect for spring and summer but I've been on a lookout for a long sleeved version. I've found the perfect one by Helmut Lang on sale here (free shipping with code FREEJAN) or for those in the US here.
Let me espouse the science behind t-shirts. I guess there must be an art to it seeing how popular designer t-shirts are. After all, guys like Alexander Wang, Kain, LNA, Velvet, James Perse and C&C basically built their empire on basic everyday tees. Here's a lowdown on what to look for in a t-shirt.
1. Scoop neckline
Let's face it, the scoop neck is flattering on 99% of the population. It has a slimming effect which is always desirable. Secondly, the neckline is low enough not to be seen if you're planning on layering.
2. Slim sleeves
Most jackets these days have narrower armholes and sleeves. It's annoying and unflattering to see creases forming along the arm or that the sleeves bulged up somewhere near the elbow. Most uncomfortable and unsightly.
Much as I prefer my clothes to be made of 100% natural fiber, it just doesn't work on a t-shirt. A semi sheer fabric which contains a mixture of modal, viscose or rayon seem to drape better and tend not to crease as badly.
4. Slouchy fit
I've never been overly fond of tight fitting clothes. Unless of course, if I have a model like figure. In which case, I'd prefer to wear bikini and bandage dresses from Herve Leger everyday. The reality is I prefer a slouchy boyfriend cut which is far more forgiving and flattering, not to mention more comfortable in summer.
Most pants or denim seem to be either mid or low rise. I'm not a fan of baring my midriff nor butt crack, both of which should only be seen at the beach or in the company of your significant other who loves you, flaws and all. The hem should hit the hips or below. You can always tuck it in or leave it out. You can let out a sigh of relief that you wouldn't be flashing inappropriate amount of skin whenever you have to raise your arms.
What do you look for in a t-shirt? Would you buy designer tees?