Wednesday, 22 August 2012

10. Wardrobe Essential: Plain White T-Shirt

When mapping out this blog, one of my focuses was to include wardrobe essentials. Stuff that should be in every man's wardrobe. Like a hall of fame, but for clothes. The idea is that if you have these essentials, you'll always be dressed for the occasion and won't ever be caught out.

Besides a good pair of jeans, a white t-shirt is one of the most basic and important pieces of a man's wardrobe. Plain white t-shirts are great, because they are extremely versatile. They can be both dressed up and down. They're also cheap and you can never have too many! I think the beauty lies in its simplicity.

Before we start looking at pretty pictures of me, there's one rule I have with t-shirts. The rule is: never wear a t-shirt under a closed button up shirt. It's an unbelievable style cramp.

Now, here's a few ways to wear a white t-shirt:

Smart casual, minus pyjama pants.

White t-shirt and denim - a classic.

Knit with crew-neck and chinos. I love this look.

Under an open, casual shirt.

So it's been established that white t-shirts are fantastic. Next comes the debate - crew neck, or v neck? 

Both have their merits. Crew necks work well with knits, where you want your t-shirt to be seen. V necks look great on their own, and can work with an casual shirt left open.

My personal preference, because of my arguably sexy physique, is the v neck. It shows a bit of chest, but tastefully. Just don't be a douche about it and get a v neck that cuts halfway through your six pack. It's one thing to have a good body, but it's another to be a total show off with it. Not to mention, seeking the approval of others is super uncool. 

I'm partial to GAP plain t-shirts, since you can usually get a discount if you buy a few at a time. Marcs and Country Road also have good plain t shirts, if a little pricey. I wouldn't pay more than $30 for a plain t-shirt, though. Like everything, shop around and get a feel for what brands look best on you. It's all about fabric and fit.

I'll be doing a super cool update in the coming days, rather than next Wednesday. Stay tuned.


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