The white t-shirt is an icon, one of those basic queen undisputed garments of every season. It is always a trend of the moment, it never goes out of fashion, and is among the most used and sold clothing items in the world. Although it was born as a purely for casual outfit, today it can become essential to create glamorous and trendy looks. Let’s see how we can choose the right one and which models are indispensable for a perfect wardrobe.
The classic white t-shirt born in America looks like a unisex model, tending to short-sleeved, with a round neckline called “crew-neck” and without any type of collar or buttons. It is made of light natural fabrics, typically cotton yarn in stocking stitch, but it can also be found in mixed and synthetic fabrics as well as long, three-quarters or colored and patterned long sleeves. The name is attributed to it by its typical “T” shape.
T-shirts in general are presented like this and extend to life but over the years and fashions have then developed into multiple variations. The neckline can be “V”, a boat, round, heart and even single shoulder (the round one that falls soft and reveals a shoulder to be clear). They can be oversized or tight-fitting, get to the knees or become micro by discovering the navel.
The white t-shirt between past and present
The first variants of white t-shirts date back to the nineteenth century and were used expressly as undergarments. The US military used it under the uniform and with horizontal stripes characterized the sailors’ clothing. They were therefore popular as underwear or work due to their comfort and lack of collar and buttons, details considered purely elegant. In order to clear them up as clothing items in contemporary fashion, it was not until the fifties that famous actors like Marlon Brando and James Dean wore it on the big screen combined with a pair of jeans. To see them colored instead we must wait until the end of the seventies, while, to impose them as a creative article, a vehicle for personal expression, it took the eighties. Since then, the white t-shirt has made its way. From being worn as a vest to become the only piece of clothing in the upper body turning into all effects in a means of expression and communication both personal and advertising.
How to choose the perfect t-shirt
Nowadays, the white t-shirt can be worn with everything, anywhere and even in most contexts, but you need to know how to choose the perfect model to buy. Broadly speaking we all know that it must be of good quality, slim but not too tight, comfortable but not so much to make us look like a sack of potatoes. Here, these three basics are not enough. When choosing a t-shirt, pay attention to many more details.
The ideal t-shirt must be mainly of thin-weft cotton or at most contain a modest percentage of elastane. The cotton should not be too stiff but soft falling accompanying our shapes.
A nicely finished neckline has certainly a better visual impact than those with a raw cut. Better if not too thick (it should not exceed 1 / 1.5 cm) and above all ton sur ton. The round neckline and the “V” neckline enhance every type of décolleté, lengthen the figure, slender and draw the eye on the face, but are not recommended for those with very broad shoulders. In this case, better the choker, or the boat neckline.
As for the neckline also the edge of the sleeves must be well finished and ton sur ton. For toned and lean arms, the sleeves cut just below the shoulders or the ruffles are fine as they are in fashion now. If, on the other hand, you have large arms, make sure the sleeve is soft, do not tighten and choose longer. For narrow shoulders a good solution is the puffed or structured sleeves type ’80s, while for shoulders three-quarters wide.
For those with a slender waistline and a flat abdomen the models with a waisted cut are perfect. If instead you have to hide a little bit of bacon better a model with a straight cut. As for the length instead we try to stay on the hips or, in the case of very abundant backside, to stretch even further.
8 essential models of white t-shirt
The white t-shirt can be minimal, fancy, with a writing, a photo, decorated, and above all also low cost. The indispensable piece of every wardrobe, both male and female, is the symbol of the simplicity of casual dress. Which one of us does not have a wardrobe crammed? It is the most democratic garment there is and with a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans we are ready in a moment. But you have to have an accurate selection. In my opinion, the models necessary and indispensable for each of us are at least 8. Below you will find them illustrated with examples taken from the Esprit online shop, which I rely on very often for the purchase of these items.
1. The classic white t-shirt perfect for use with jeans or a very fashionable skirt or even as a jacket.
2. With a “V” neckline that suits everyone.
3. With a boat neckline to be a little more chic and feminine when needed.
4. With three-quarter sleeves, maybe for those evenings a little cooler or those circumstances where the whole arm is not really the best.
5. Long or oversized for those days when we do not see each other well with nothing or simply to wear quickly on a pair of leggings for a quick exit to go shopping rather than to take the kids to school.
6. Striped because the timeless lines can not miss.
7. With an inscription to transmit something of us to the world.
8. A fantasy not to bore you too much with all this white.
Finally I leave you with a selection of Esprit women t-shirts specially chosen for you in order to satisfy whatever your taste, style or body. Some ideas for quality online shopping. Let me know which model won you the most, I would buy them all. ;)