A staple in everyone's wardrobe is a t-shirt, especially in the Spring/Summer, but tees can be boring, particularly solid ones. They've been known to be a fashion faux pas, and if you're like me, you avoid wearing them, but they're becoming a style must-have. They look great with a pair of jeans, under a blazer or woven, and layered under sweaters, but how do you take a tee to the next level? Here how I'm styling mine:
When I'm looking for basic t-shirts, I'm looking for quality, fit, and fabrication; this is not the time to pull out your undershirt, you need one of substance—one that has weight. The one I'm wearing here is perfect for tucking in with a pair of trousers or dressing it up with a full suit. Since I'm in my 30's and I'm a smaller frame, t-shirts tend to look juvenile on me, so I keep them simple and usually avoid anything with a graphic.
The perfect white tee is hard to find; the thread count is too low, the V is too deep, and the list goes on, but when you get one of quality, I encourage you to buy multiples. A white t-shirt is a blank slate so, to elevate it, layer it with a textured blazer or leather jacket—as I did here—or under an open woven for a relaxed-casual look. Have fun with it and use your creativity to mix-it-up.
Grey draws a lot of attention, but it's part of the dynamic trio of must-have colors. It gels well with other hues and bridges the gap between smart and casual. The same rules apply; your tee should be slim enough so it doesn't billow over your waistband when tucked in, unless it's hot, then loosen up the tuck. To keep the tee the focal point, I wore a monochromatic look—black denim and black bomber jacket—which added shape and interest to my silhouette.
Solid t-shirts are a canvas; they're the foundation piece to build up any outfit. How are you styling your t-shirt? Tag me (@samcperry) in your pictures so I can check them out!