Last month I wrote about “underpinnings”, the smart way to layer fine tops under blouses and sweaters. This month, when hopefully we will be casting a clout the importance of sorting out some exciting t shirts.
Everyone, of all ages, always asks me about sourcing the best t shirts from all stores and brands. The 3 pack t shirt is not for the discerning shopper.
The Winser London collection is home to some great shapes. Necklines are key, and we all have a favourite but as a rule of thumb is avoid anything too high it’s too sporty, and too low….. well. The slight scoop, oval or slash neck are good styles to go for. I like a ¾ sleeve, but long or short is fine too. If the top is being worn on its own, loose and a bit boxy is a good shape.
All cotton is not equal and it’s key to look for the word ‘pima’ as a fabric description. The name comes from a group of American Indians who first cultivated this fine, long fibred yarn. The fabric, finish, and handle of the t shirt should be as splendid a garment as any sweater or blouse as it’s showcasing half our bodies, so it better be good. If it’s a little bit sheer, layer a tiny cami underneath.
Extend the t shirt concept and you have the t shirt dress - a real summer must have. Worn on its own as a loose shift dress, belted or worn with a shirt, cardigan or sweater over the top and you have, from one garment, a multitude of looks. If you haven’t edited your t shirts by now, you should get a move on and do a little clutter busting. These simple garments should be box fresh and the white pristine and the black un-faded.
A good policy is 3 t shirts in, 3 tatty t shirts out.