Seasons vary, and although this season has been surreal, the same fashion rules actually apply. The white t-shirt is the backbone of any well-curated wardrobe. Whether the season calls for blazers or summer dresses, you will always need the perfect white t-shirt. As their functions vary so will their shape and lengths. There are the things you need to consider when shopping for your next white t-shirt.
There Are Two Kinds of White T-Shirt
It gets easier when you are able to classify your t-shirt as one of two camps. The under t-shirt or the over.. If you plan on wearing your t-shirt on its own it will require a certain body and therefore stiffness, this will keep the proportions with your skirt or pant balanced. If you plan on wearing the t-shirt underneath a blazer or cardigan or even a dress, you need to consider a softer knit and tighter fit.
Consider these Three Pitfalls of the T-shirt
There are a couple of things to consider here. Firstly, the softer the t-shirt the better the bra fit needs to be. Could there be anything worse than a bra outline peeking out at the front. Invest in a t-shirt bra to avoid this issue. Another pitfall could be the weight of the t-shirt, too thin and it gets too floppy, lacking body, too thick and you loose your femininity. Lastly, the color of the t-shirt.. make sure its bright white or an obvious beige or off white. Make sure it doesn’t look like a dirty white instead.
Tuck In or Not
The season’s pants are relatively high, which means that the t-shirt you choose should either hit the waist, in a boxy style, or should be a reasonable length as not to have to tuck too much of it in, causing bulk. Again, the texture of the t-shirt needs to be considered. The shorter the t-shirt the more crisp it should be.
A more fashionable version, and useful we may add; is the shoulder-padded version of the t-shirt. If you are hoping to create volume or body without boxiness, then the shoulder-pad t-shirt is the one for you. Naturally the proportions on this t-shirt have a V shape, which keeps things less boxy, yet just as relaxed. The t-shirt will naturally taper around the waist, making it easier to tuck in or leave out.
What About The Sleeves
It is an unspoken rule that the length of the sleeve should be directly in proportion to the bagginess of the t-shirt. The looser the fit the wider and longer the sleeve, unless you are aiming for the reglan sleeve length which is also called a muscle tee, thus named for its cropped sleeve length that flaunts a great bicep.
A Sleeveless T-shirt Could be For You
If you’ve got a great shoulder a sleeveless t-shirt could be best for you. The horizontal line created at the neckline and shoulder draws the eye and accentuates your asset. When tucked in it naturally minimizes your waist as well; in proportion to the shoulders which is always a good thing.
What About Necklines
The size and shape of your neckline is directly related to your neck.. If you feel in need of a little elongation, then a v-neck or a round neck with a fine band width works better than the traditional 1.5” neckline band width. The traditional neckline however gives the t-shirt its authenticity. Its like trainers without a chunky sole, they look ok, but just don’t feel the same as an authentic pair of chunky sneakers…
The beauty of a white t-shirt is in its versatility, but you don’t need to interpret that as boring. Consider different textures such as linen and washed silk for an original take on the white t-shirt. You can also play around with dramatic necklines or interesting and asymmetrical fashion elements to up the ante on this timeless piece.