Style 911: “Find Me Cheap & Cute Ts, Please!”

As a girl who has just started down the road of personal style, I noticed a few things about my wardrobe. Since high school, most of my outfits were based on thrift-store and band tees. When I began to branch out from that, I avoided all tees and went for the interesting pieces… Then I realized I had nothing basic to pair with those pieces! I have plain tees, sure, but they all look like cheap tees. I’m interested in the types of tees Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been putting out with StyleMint, but I don’t think that I can justify $30 for a tee. Where would you suggest I look to find a decent-quality tee that will flatter my shape as well as my tight budget? — Crystal

As a girl living on the cheap, we can totally feel your pain. Cheap Ts are an absolute must! But! We also wanted to find Ts that were socially responsible, too. So we set about the difficult task of finding affordable T-shirts that were also either fair trade or employing sustainable fabrics. Instead of going for the usual suspects–H&M, Forever 21, American Apparel–we wanted to give you some cool alternative options. In fact, a bunch of the great shirts we sourced are from a company called Alternative Apparel, which has established a series of vendor guidelines and principles it applies to its business. They include no forced labor, no child labor, and fair wages, among others. But enough about the great companies you should support, let’s get to the tees…

1. Alternative Apparel Burnout V-Neck, $9.99

2. Hassnatur Organic Cotton Tank, $20

3. Alternative Apparel Sea-Farer Shirt, $14.99

4. Alternative Apparel Waffle Thermal V-Neck, $14.99

5. Anvil Ladies Ring Spun Tee, $12

6. Alternative Apparel Basic Crew Tee, $9.99

7. Fair Indigo Balletneck Bamboo Tee, $19.50

8. Alternative Apparel Deep V Pocket Tee, $12.99

 

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