Splendid Basic Tee$46.00
Available at: Amazon.com
Need a really good New Year's resolution that will actually be fun to keep? Resolve to make over your wardrobe. Out with the old; in with quality fashion staples that will help create a functional wardrobe you adore. We started our new series "The Basics" with a must-have shoe-- the Classic Black Pump. Now we're ready to tackle the original wear anywhere top: the Perfect White Tee.
Why is the Perfect White Tee a wardrobe staple? A white tee can be worn on it's own or layered under anything from other tees, to sweaters, to blazers and cardigans. A white tee can be casual, when paired with a flirty summer skirt and flip-flops, or dressy with dark denim and high-heel peep toes. The Perfect White Tee can also take you to a black tie affair, when paired with a ballgown style skirt and shimmering flats, or to the beach over your favorite bikini. There isn't a single piece of clothing in your wardrobe that is more versatile. The key is to always have a few high quality white tees on hand. Why high quality? The higher the quality, the more versatile the shirt. C'mon, can you imagine wearing a discount store 3-pack tee with a ballgown skirt? High quality also buys you a body-conscious fit, longer length, better stretch, softer fabric, better shape retention, and longer life. All things that you really do want in a wardrobe staple.
I'm a little obsessive about tees and have tried on (and bought) more than I can count. My favorite tee shirt by a mile is Splendid (top right). They are so soft that they rival my finest cashmere for the title of coziest top in my closet. The secret is a 50/50 Modal and Pima blend that stretches to conform to your every curve. The shape is feminine and body-conscious and the length is nice and long, so you can wear them with your low rise jeans without looking like you are trying to relive your teen years. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give them an 11.
A close second in the running for best ever tee is anything from James Perse. These tissue-light tees feature a fabulous fit that is so distinctive that some fashionistas can spot a James Perse tee just by glancing at the woman wearing it.James Perse Short Sleeve Crew
Available at: ShopBop.com
C+C California Surf Tee
$19.95 (was $40-- save 50%!)
Available at: Adasa.com
American Apparel Organic Tee
Available at: Amazon.com
Gap Short-Sleeved Favorite Tee
Available at: Gap.com
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