back to basics | the perfect t-shirt


isn’t it ironic that the simplest things are the hardest to find? it should be easy to find the perfect plain t-shirt that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. for me, the perfect t-shirt is comfortable, has that perfect slouch, is form fitting without being restrictive or skin tight, and has the ability to be as dressed up or as dressed down as you need it to be in that moment. I’ve tried several options previously – the j.crew one, the mossimo one, the old navy one – that were decent, but none of them fit me quite right. one was too sheer, another was too short, another was more than I wanted to pay for a t-shirt at regular price. then I tried this shirt from merona, and it was exactly what I had been looking for. the cotton is of a heavier weight but is still soft and comfortable for all sorts of weather, the length was long (just how I like it), it skimmed my body without being too frumpy or too tight, and the neckline was conservative enough to be work appropriate but still sexy enough to be modern. I have both the v-neck and scoop-neck versions in white, black, and grey. as someone with a larger chest, v-necks are my friend, but it’s hard to find one that elongates the neckline without veering into cleavage central for work. as for scoop necks, they often don’t show enough skin and just end up looking like crew necks on me (trust me, not a good look if you’re heavy up top). with these shirts, it hit that nice happy medium that’s been so elusive. for everyday/work wear, I take the larger of my two sizes for a more relaxed fit, but if I want to dress up or opt for a slimmer fit, I size down to the smaller of my two sizes. at $9 a pop at regular price, I can afford multiples.

what’s your holy grail t-shirt?

back to basics is a series on short&lovely highlighting the workhorses of my wardrobe, the pieces that work day in & day out, without fail. without these babies, then I really wouldn’t know what to wear.

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