Ask the Bean: Not Just Your Basic Tee

February 8, 2009 • Magazine

Ask the Bean: Not Just Your Basic Tee

Ask the Bean: Not Just Your Basic Tee

Sun, 2009-02-08 06:00

Dear Bean:
I dress in business attire every day for work, I dress up to go out with my friends at night, and every once in a while, I just want to throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. However I don’t want to look like I just threw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Are there any tees that aren’t so casual?
T-Shirt Trauma

Dear Trauma,
Who would have thought the simple combination of “t-shirt and jeans” could become so complicated? It is probably the most comfortable and carefree outfit in the fashion world, however is it so hard to find a t-shirt/jeans combination that doesn’t equal baggy denim with a shapeless top? And the last thing we want to do is complicate the outfit because the whole point of the t-shirt and jeans is to be able to throw them on, look naturally fantastic, and run out the door.

Jeans are usually easy. We as women have a natural obsession with denim, thereby resulting in owning at least five pairs. T-shirts on the other hand, are usually overlooked in order to buy the blouse, jacket, camisole, or pair of shoes. So when it comes to the point on a Sunday morning to grab the t-shirt option, there just aren’t many that seem favorable.

There is something to be said about the cute fitted band-name T-shirt, but most of those resort to the “around the house”, “cleaning” or “pajama” attire. Out in public, it’s important to take the T-shirt concept fashion forward.

First and foremost, it’s about the cut. A t-shirt is a top like every other top, and if it doesn’t fit right, it looks ridiculous and you will feel uncomfortable. It would be smart opting for a cut with a little longer length as with all cotton shirts, an unintentional midriff may result after a few washes.

Also, a tee doesn’t have to be the simple round-neck cotton option. It could be enhanced with different materials, given a different look with draping or offered variety with sleeve design.

In order to ensure you aren’t stuck during your next t-shirt/jean mood, go on a shopping trip specifically designated toward the t-shirt. Don’t get distracted by the other merchandise! It might be safe to look online and that way you are less likely to be overwhelmed. Purchase about two or three that you love and that fit you very well. Then after a couple wears, you might splurge on more!

Then the next time you just want to run out the door looking gorgeous and casual, you won’t waste time pondering your outfit — maybe just the accessories and footwear.

1. Rachel Pally Cora Top $141
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Glimmer Stripe Jersey Top $47
3. Sass & Bide Ballad of You and Me $150
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Feather T-Shirt $88
5. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania New Billow Top $525
6. Corey Lynn Calter Lee Owl T-Shirt $61.60
7. Lauren Moshi Horse V-Neck $84

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