[Essential] The White Tee Shirt

So, I've discovered Polyvore so I thought I'd use it with my Essential Series to show how useful a key piece can be.  Next up, is the White Tee Shirt - and for something like this I think the outfit ideas will be really useful so you can see how I justify spending money on something so simple.

It's so easy to go ' I'm not spending THAT on a tee shirt' - but perhaps try and refresh your way of looking at things:  Tee Shirts are something we wear every day - and for that reason I believe they need to fit well, wash well and wear well.  Sadly, you're not going to get that from the 'fast fashion' worlds that we can go to for quick-fix trend pieces.  Jil Sander's SS11 collection proved that point when white tees formed the base of 9/10 of their collection - see pic below, and A Pair & A Spare's own version of the look. Badly fitted tees look horrendous, and well fitting once look priceless.  It really is that simple.  Bottom line is: pay peanuts and you'll get monkeys.

Find a brand that works for you and stick with it.  Even if it costs you £100s rather than £10s - you'll have one piece that will look awesome rather than five looks that look cheap.  Have a look at the outfit combinations I've given you above (and that's only through using other pieces in my essentials series, not even including the ways you can integrate them with your trend pieces season by season) and also the photos I've found through my pinterest account.

Finally, make sure you have the right underwear underneath a tee shirt (or anything for that matter).  I'm not a believer in colour-matching, as a colour-clashing can look awesome (when it's intentional) but make sure your bra compliments your outfit rather than takes it over...  The one person who I feel nails this look is Miranda Kerr, look how she mixes up outfits to take tees from work to play, smart to casual:

Where to buy your Tee Shirt from:

Vince - I used their tees for the polyvore post above, these guys nail efffortless fashion.  I love them - they come with a considerable price tag, but are worth every penny. Keep an eye on The OutNet for special deals - sign up here.
T by Alexander Wang - exactly the same idea as Vince, and similarly priced.  They have a great range of lengths, necklines and shapes for all sizes.  Check it out here.
LNA - This California Cool brand are ace at all things essentials.  Their white tees are fab, and fast becoming a must have for any LA resident.  Given that our weather isn't far behind theirs at the moment, it won't be long till the trend gets here.  Be one of the first, and buy this perfect white tee for £40.
Helmut Lang - do fab jersey basics, for any self respected 'DownTown Girl.'  They work well in London too :) - here is their latest version for £70.
Kain - It would be somewhat naive of me not to mention this company; their tees are my personal favourite. The only company that manage to make my arm look appealing.  Check out my favourite here for £75.
J Crew - If you're after a tee like the Jil Sander high neck one, this one is a bargain for £30.

and last but not least, my only high street choice - Whistles - their tees are fab, like this one for £45.

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The Marcy Stop said...

Love this post! White tees are such an essential piece, but I totally understand why some people would be skeptical about spending $$$ on one. The pics you chose are more than enough justification for me though! Even though Daria Werbowy looks amazing in anything...

Elle Croft said...

Thanks so much for this post - I have been thinking about buying a 'proper' white T-shirt (as opposed to a H&M one) because they are so versatile. Thanks for this guide, it couldn't be more perfect for me at the moment!

Outside Looking In said...

This is a great post and I'm one who says "I'm not spending that on a t-shirt" so thanks for making me see the value! Thanks also for your comment on my blog. I'm following you now on gfc and bloglovin. I'd love it if you'd follow back!

Aurélie and Angelo said...

Such a great post! I agree for such an essential wardrobe staple that transcends trends and seasons, it's worthwhile spending a bit more than one might have intended, because for something that is worn a lot it's paramount that the quality and fit survives the test of time. Some wonderful inspirational photos, love the Jil Sander look. Miranda's t-shirt and leather shorts look will go down as one of my favourite classic off-duty looks! Thanks for visiting my blog, for the lovely comment and for following! Following you right back! xxx

gaby said...

Thanks so much for comment in my blog
i love this post it has all the information we need, and it`s so usefull.Now i will get a good one!
there is something that is no very clear on my mind, are you saying that the girl from a pair and spare doesn`t look good??
great blog!
follow you!
I'd love it if you'd follow back!

Amanda said...

Oh wow I love this post, white tshirts like that are super versatile... U can totally go from day to nigh, from casual to dressy in no seconds... I just love it... and omg u will not believe what I going to say... I love this trend so much and I dont onw a simple tshirt like that yet. Shame on me... thanks for this post =)

Unknown said...

Love this post and you're right, it is such a staple. I love the way you styled it in the post. You've inspired today's outfit for me!

Sarah Betty xx

Natasha Fatah said...

Hello my dear,
Thanks so much for visiting the blog and for your kind words. You made my day. :)

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Helen at THELOVECATSINC said...

great post!

love your blog, definitely going to follow!

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Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

No matter the reason of my shopping trips, I always manage to squeeze a white tee in my purchase bag...I think I wear them almost every day and, being a big fan of costume jewelry, they are perfect with a bold necklace. I'm absolutely with you on the importance of the quality, but I'm not sure I would spend more than 30 Euros for a plain white t-shirt. I'll keep an eye on The OutNet as they have great bargain and in the meanwhile I'll continue to be a loyal customer at Petit Bateau, which remains one of my favourite labels when it comes to these basic pieces.

Unknown said...

I love white tees! Here in France, we go for the classic Petit Bateau ones: they always do the trick! xxx Hayley

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