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