Fashion stylist Alexandra Greenawalt tackles the ubiquitous white tee | Alexandra Stylist | Personal Wardrobe Stylist NYC
Confessions STYLE DIY

T-shirt says what??

By | October 12th, 2011 | Confessions, STYLE DIY

I probably haven’t worn a white t-shirt since this required play costume at Del Mar Middle School.

I was inspired to write this post after weeding out multiple t-shirts from several clients’ closets. I hear all the time that my clients want nice ‘shells,’ or underpinnings, to wear under blazers and sweaters – and obviously from what I found in their closets, they think a white tee fills this need.

After working with me, clients see how unflattering necklines and the cheap fabric of most t-shirts can affect their look for the worse. If your closet is filled with plain white t-shirts, I challenge you to ask yourself: what does this tee say about me?

I know I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for this one because EVERY style guide book touts the white tee as a wardrobe essential, but this is NOT universally true. How do I know? Well, because I’m one of the people who doesn’t look good in one! Why? Because the bright white ages my skin and is shocking in a bad way next to my tone. Plus, the high neck visually flattens my already tiny bust.

I need ruching, surplicing, and joojing to look my best. Here is my top list of favorite companies to source when looking for great cotton layers. I’ve linked to tops which are special and are a great replacement for the boring t-shirt:

Spendid – cowl neck is a runaway success
Velvet by Graham & Spencer
Three Dots
James Pearse
American Apparel
Old Navy for simple camisoles
Alternative Apparel

If you would like to know which necklines look amazing on you I have a package for that!

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