Monday, December 6, 2010

P is for Plain White Tee

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you're having a Fabulous Monday! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter P. :)

P is for Plain White Tee:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"I am obsessed with Hanes three-packs. They cost nothing and will last a long time. But a sea change occurred with our plain white tees. It has recently gone the way of our plain blue jeans. There is a new T-shirt designer every other week. And everyone struggles to keep up with who "the" T-shirt is, or "Where is it made? Peru or China?" or "How aged does it look?" These days it has to be barely there—the thinner and lighter the better. It has to look old and vintage, though the brand ironically changes week by week. I like a great thin white T-shirt as much as the next girl. And yes, I occasionally will buy "the" brand of the week. But I refuse to obsess over something that is supposed to indicate a cool, casual ease. So for the most part, I'm sticking with my Hanes. Simple is sometimes the best route to take on this one.

The Inside Track: My Favorites

*Hanes: The old staple...inexpensive and perfectly basic.

*James Perse: Perse may be responsible for starting the luxury T-shirt craze. The high-quality/low-maintenance look is the hallmark of the brand.

*Adam + Eve: Available in an array of colors. I love the ones that look washed out, as if they'd been sitting in the sun.

*The Row: Light and thin—almost too thin—tee that demand to be layered. The brand also plays with proportions and lengths, also a great layering feature.

*Rick Owens: Nobody does casual cool like Rick Owens. His T-shirts are clingy, superfine, and worth every penny. They epitomize his self-titled "glunge" (glamour plus grunge) look.

*Vince: Their butter-soft T-shirts—just one of the luxe basics the company makes—have become an iconic American original since they debuted in 2003.

*C&C California: A T-shirt brand that truly embodies California chic: laid-back, comfy, cool, and not afraid of a bit of color."

"I've always thought of the T-shirt as the alpha and omega of the fashion alphabet."--Giorgio Armani


*Pay attention to the neckline. It should not come up too high or go down too low. 

*Never wear a too-tight T-shirt. It should hang a little loose on the body.

*Use it to dress down a suit (or to dress down almost anything, for that matter).

*Bottom line: You want it to look like you just threw it on and didn't think about it. Effortlessness must be a part of any stylish woman's arsenal.

(All the information above is from the book)

A few of Ms. Garcia's favorite brands:

*Hanes: Womens or "Borrowed from the boys"

And Others:

 *Norma Kamali
*Lands' End CANVAS

Do you agree with Ms. Garcia regarding the plain white tee? Do you own one yourself? If so, do you have a preferred brand? Please do share! :)



  1. When I read this book a few weeks ago I LOVED that fact that Nina buys Hanes tees. It just goes to show that even though she could spend a fortune on a tee she does not! I wear Hanes too. It seems one or two occasionally shrinks of my hubby's and he gives them to me. I find them laying on myside of the bed:) They are usually in like new condition as he does his own laundry and lines dries his Hanes but occasionally one gets dried and then I get it:) Luckily I am 5'10" and he is 5'11" and we are similar in size so it works for us!

    I like the Hanes v-neck as it is such a slight v and very flattering. I am actually wearing one now.

    Sorry for the long post. Just got on a roll this Monday morning!


  2. I have a ton of white tees. I have regular crew neck Hanes, v-necks, long sleeves, short sleeves, you name it. They look great casually and work well with dressier looks too. I don't dry them in the dryer, I lay flat to dry and do a light press. They seem to stay in good shape a lot longer that way.

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  4. As I am the worst.laundress.ever. I buy the hanes! No guilt when I have turned them dingy, and must replace! Now that I know Nina buys Hanes, I feel like a style icon instead of a domestic failure!!

  5. I like my tees fitted, and my current fave is J. Crew Perfect Fit tees.

  6. This read my mind- I've been meaning to pick up a pack of Hanes from Target! I really love this feature!!

  7. I use the plain white tee a bit more than I should! I like a heavier weight tee, no tissue tees if it is white. My favorite now is the Banana Republic tee. It does not have a really high neckline, has nice cap sleeves and is NOT sheer at all.

  8. I miss the 90s. White tshirt under everything. It was so comfy. :)

    I still wear them, though I have learned that vnecks are a better cut on me. I like Eddie Bauer's for a not too slim cut, yet narrow enough in the shoulders. When I'm feeling think I like AA's unisex deep v.

    I've never tried Hanes. Hmm.


  9. How funny, I'm totally wearing my slouchy white v-neck today too :)

    This one is from J.Crew from a couple years back, I need to get more. I've heard good things about the men's Gap V-necks (Garance Dore raves about them) I have tried Hanes but I like the fabric to be softer and a bit thinner for that slightly worn-in look.

    What is your fav, FFM?

  10. Hi ladies! Thank you all so much for stopping by today! As many of you commented, it is great to hear that Nina also buys Hanes tees, and actually highly recommends them. I have one myself, as well as one from J.Crew, and one from Gap, as well. I'm currently waitlisted for the Vintage cotton V-neck tee from J.Crew. I'm hoping it turns out to be another favorite. :)

    Have a wonderful evening!

  11. Love this post, FFM! Thanks so much for sharing Nina's book with us.

    My all time favorite tee is the JC tissue boyfriend vneck tee... but tragically I have misplaced my white version! I'm on the hunt for a replacement so do let us know how the vintage cotton one works out!