First of all, I apologize for the bad quasi pun, but I just couldn’t help myself. Second of all, I think I may have a bit of a problem. I have but one body, however I seem to keep accumulating tee-shirts, visualize a sea of jersey tees, a multitudes of tees if you will. I don’t count, I am afraid too. Heaven help me, I just love the things. I may be exaggerating, but I have come to the conclusion that I may have more tee-shirts than one person needs. And my reason for babbling about my tee-shirt obsession, well it may be a California thing, but it’s a necessity in my wardrobe. I love soft, fine, cotton tee-shirts. I love when they fit right and falls just a certain way. Now that’s going to be different for everyone, but in case anyone was looking for their perfect tee I thought I would compile a list of my favorites based upon all my years of “research”.
So here goes:
- James Perse, the cuts change to accommodate seasonal trends but the quality of the fabric doesn’t change. Wash after wash my JP tees hold up well until one day they don’t. It’s always a sad day when that happens. I’ve linked the picture to the site, but there are lots of department stores which sell JP so check out your local store.
- Alternative Apparelis a pretty recent find for me. They manufacture a lot of jersey products for other brands as well. I am in love with their soft cotton tops, they also have a great modern fit.
- Petit Bateau is more of a write in candidate, I have not tried it yet but have every intention of doing so. I do like that french sailor striped top, something about Hemingway and his way of taking the seemingly banal and transforming it into a rustic moment but with romantic undertones. I picture him jotting down thoughts for a book in a marinière top, with a cup of coffee and a baguette at hand.
- This last one is a bit of a Paul Bunyan. I’ve been reading that Leslie Fremar, stylist to the stars, has been working with Fruit of the Loom, underthingy manufacturer to the regular folk (i.e. you and me), to create affordable tee-shirts which will be available at bloomingdales. A quality cotton tee at three for forty, I am so in. I don’t think it’s available online, but the picture takes you to where I got my info.
If you can’t find JP or Alternative Apparel at your department store and you are interested they’re also sold at Nordstrom or Shop Bop for JP only. Of course there’s J. Crew and Banana Republic and I am sure a ton of other places that I’ve missed. And this is not to say that I only have tees, but it is to say that I really do find them a staple in my wardrobe, I like to call it step one. It seems the foundation of my wardrobe is layered with fabulous tees and great jeans. What can I say, it’s a SoCal thing, I had a High School English teacher in tees and skater shorts with a pair of Vans. He was a great teacher, really chill.
So what’s your favorite wardrobe piece, your must have?