It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, and it was only today when having a clear out that I realised I needed to give my own wardrobe a cleanse and remove all of the tops and tees that go unworn. Firstly, there is no such thing as the one t shirt that'll solve of your problems for you and your wardrobe. At least in my opinion. Nope, there are a few (in my case, two) and the ones that'll be right for you completely depend on your body shape. Once you've mastered which styles work you'll gladly part with £100+ for a good t shirt, believe me. After all, you'll wear it at least once a week for the next few years. Here is my little break down on the various kinds:
The V Neck - Great if you are bigger busted or pear shaped as it draws your eye to your smallest point (your waist) and away from your larger features. Wear them without accessories otherwise your chest will look like a shelf... On the flip side, if you are slim/skinny a v neck can look great with long jewellery pieces to accentuate your décolletage A stylist friend told me that you should work out the depth of the V by drawing (an invisible) line from the top of one nipple to another. Having seen friends do it, I can confirm it works . Try these out: James Perse, J Crew, Reiss (great for hiding the tops of your arms) and LNA Clothing (reduced on ASOS here) for good options.
The High Neck - This has to be my favourite for my shape, but not good for over a C cup so when I had put on a little weight I really found myself looking a lot chunkier in mine... Buy a slightly thicker material for this one so it holds its shape, and also make sure it isn't too tight on your stomach as it isn't flattering - however make sure it fits you around the bust. The best shapes pull in under the bust and then flow out... Try Adam Lippes, Frame Denim, Rag and Bone and this Saint Laurent was is a beaut if you are really investing…
scoop neck tee ideas here, here and here
The Scoop Neck - This a good all rounder and it's almost more important what bra you have on underneath as it will impact how the tee sits on your body. Makes sure your humps are supported (this t shirt bra from Triumph is fantastic) so the tee can fall properly and you don't have a loose boob making an escape through your neck line... Try Majestic, Isabel Marant, Tyler Jacobs and Alexander Wang.
The Oversize Fit - Everyone wants to be that street style girl with the "nailed off duty model" look that so many do so well. It can be done but takes some practice. Don't be tempted to buy something that could double up as a teepee. Your boyfriend's tee isn't the answer either. Find a style that is supposed to be oversize rather than going 4 sizes up - it will still "fit" you then. Try Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang and this lovely one from Frame.
For more inspiration check out my "got it to a tee" Pinterest board. As a tip, if you aren't sure about a shape buy a few cheapies first to get a feel for the shape before you invest. Here are some good options that tick the "trial" box. ASOS high neck 3 pack (grey and black included) / ASOS soft scoop V neck / Next V neck / Uniqlo high neck / Uniqlo oversize
And when you decide to invest - try out The OutNet for all the major designers featured here at a very good discount, here.