Fashion column: The search for the perfect t-shirt
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 22:10
It feels like a bad dream. It’s as if I’ve been running on a treadmill, constantly moving but going nowhere.
I’m looking for the perfect T-shirt, and apparently it is much harder to find than I originally anticipated. As much as I hate to admit it, my textiles class has affected how I see clothes. Is it the right drape, texture and hand? Will the shirt pill? Is the fabric durable?
The obsession to find the perfect plain white T-shirt began after seeing Mila Kunis in “Friends with Benefits.” I thought I had gotten one step closer after finding an asymmetrical white T-shirt from Trouvé. But after much wear and tear, the shirt started to shrink and pill. The “T” went to a big “X” and was immediately cut from the line-up.
I was reminded of my search once again this summer as my boss, Faye Power, killed it in her oversized V-neck T-shirts paired with various shades of coated denim, as shown in the photo to the side.
What I’ve found is that the road to the perfect plain white tee is a trial and error process. The iterations come from indecisiveness in the shape of T-shirt I want. I’ve tried boxed cut, cropped, scoop neck and fitted. But now that I know what I want, it seems that the mouse hunt is never-ending.
My ideal T-shirt: white, a generous V-neck and oversized.
In my opinion, nothing is more versatile than a plain white tee, as it can be dressed up or down. The benefit of having the shirt be oversized is that it covers your tush in leggings, it can be tucked in at the corner of pants and still look chic and it’s incredibly spacious. As Will Ferrell says in “Step Brothers,” “There’s so much more room for activities!”
When it comes down to it, a three pack of men’s Hanes undershirts just isn’t cutting it anymore. Those undershirts can be transitioned into your workout wardrobe.
Next, I thought, “Let’s opt for the Nordstrom brand of men’s undershirts.” In my head, I justified that the more prestigious the brand, the closer the undershirt will be to my ideal T-shirt. Wrong.
You’re probably asking yourselves, why shop in the men’s department? Well here is my question to you: “Isn’t wearing your boyfriend’s oversized clothing more comfortable and comforting than your own clothing?” So why not skip the part where you have to return his clothing at the end of a bad breakup and just purchase a few staple items?
This fall I thought I was at the end of the journey when I purchased a Leith T-shirt at Nordstrom. It has everything I wanted: oversized, longer in the back, soft and it doesn’t pull. The only thing missing is the V-neck.
And so the search continues…