OKAY, CONFESSION TIME. (God, I feel like I’m always confessing! So much latent guilt!) I love a good breezy tank top as much as the next human being with temperature receptors, but honestly, I don’t necessarily feel like shaving my armpits every day in the summer. I also personally (PERSONALLY! YOU DO YOU!) don’t like the look of my unshaven underarms, which places me in quite the quandary indeed. Will I bro out in a tank top with my stubbly armpits, or will I wear a long-sleeved shirt and sweat out all day? There ought to be some happy medium — and, duh, there is. A good short-sleeved summer tee is not to be underestimated, and there’s certainly no dearth of cute ones. Here are 10 that I would like to see magically appear in my closet right now…
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You can never have too many striped shirts: they dress up, they dress down, and they are, above all, classic. I’m loving Madewell’s colorful take on a classic striped long-sleeve T, which I’m already joyfully matching in my head with colorful jeans already in my closet. How can you not be happy in a plum cotton T with magenta stripes?! [$49.50, Madewell]
Despite my best efforts, I must own up to the fact that all I really want to wear is black jeans and loose white tank tops. You’ve witnessed my attempted (read: failed) Style Resolution and my awkwardly-posed photos in short floral skirts that just aren’t me. I’ve pretty much got a uniform, and instead of forcing myself into clothes outside of my comfort zone, isn’t there a way for me to keep things fresh while staying true to my grungy, casual roots? This is where these 10 not-so-plain white tank tops come in. Sure, they’re just… well, they’re just plain white tank tops, but their luxurious fabrics and soft, drapey fits make them the perfect layering piece (or centerpiece!) for any outfit. I’ll be pairing them with a statement necklace and a blazer or cardigan when temperatures drop.
I’ve never been a huge fan of houndstooth — it always seemed really conservative and dull. But a see-through chiffon houndstooth shirt? Yes, please! This little number from Equipment manages to be both party and business, all in one. How sexy is that?
JNY Style Guy Lloyd Boston recommends every woman own a classic white shirt in his latest book, The Style Checklist, which details the 100 items every woman needs in her wardrobe. And I couldn’t agree more. A classic white shirt looks refined with a suit, but also makes a chic partner to a pair of jeans or cropped leggings. I happen to think Jones New York’s No-Iron Easy Care Classic White Fitted Shirt is the best available. It stays crisp throughout the day without needing ironing or starching. And what’s even better is that the 100 percent cotton Easy Care shirt doesn’t require any special maintenance — no dry cleaning! Just toss it in the washer. I prefer to let mine hang to dry. After trying several lesser priced white shirts that became dingy after a few wears and required a hot and heavy iron, I’m happy to pay a moderate price for a quality item that holds up through a ton of wear. [$59, Jones New York] Keep reading »
Designers do different, very specific things well. Burberry, for example, knocks it out of the park with coats, yet charges almost $300 for an ill-fitting polo. When it comes to well-executed sparkles, Gryphon is queen. Yes, they sometimes overdo it — as people who are into shiny clothes are wont to do — but they frequently manage to make sequins and rhinestones look badass, not diva. My favorite is their matte silver tee with black chiffon drape for $325. Yes, that’s expensive, but before you start vomiting at the thought of it, consider its many uses: worn simply with jeans, paired with trousers, tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a cocktail party, paired with a mini for a night out. I dare your other T-shirts to do all of those things. [$325, Saks Fifth Avenue] Keep reading »
You might have thrown your coat in the closet as soon as the temperature went above 50 degrees, but it’s still not exactly warm outside. We don’t want you to get a cold, so if you absolutely refuse to wear a jacket, make like Sienna Miller and throw a button-down on top of whatever you’re wearing as a sort of non-coat outer layer. (We’re totally feeling the chambray, but an oxford or plaid shirt would work, too.) Just make sure to pick one that’s a little more tailored so you don’t look like you’re stuck in the ’90s, on your way to a Nirvana concert. Keep reading »
How come finding good basics always feels like such a fruitless search? The perfect piece has to fill so many criteria—fit, versatility, comfort, genuine love for the garment. We think we may have stumbled upon a great candidate with this slouchy t-shirt by Velvet. Everything from its cap sleeves to its worn-in texture and loose scoop neck make this the kind of top we’d absolutely live in. And like a great basic, we’d take this out with a skirt and heels, or wear it on laundry day. [$71, Shopbop] Keep reading »