Q. Your column is my favorite part of StyleBakery.com! I’m looking for some good-quality fitted tees with a modern cut: elbow-length sleeves and a boat or ballet neckline. I’m having no luck with my search. Do you have suggestions?
—Tees Please I
Q. I have been looking for some longer length and not so tight T-shirts. Most of the T-shirts I found in the stores are either too tight or too short. I do have a little love handle (after having twins). I want to find some tees that are casual, hip but not skin tight and hopefully at a cheap price.
—Tees Please II
A. I put these questions together since t-shirts are no longer just t-shirts. While they are classic staples to any wardrobe, they also need to work in our wardrobes by being stylish, fitting well and covering up our tummy’s while we wear low-rise jeans. We did a segment about t-shirts on “The View” last month and realized after pulling in styles from so many designers that we could have filled a half hour of the show just talking about them, from fabric choices to fit to fashion.
Some of my favorites brands include Splendid, Vince, Three Dots, JCrew, Old Navy, the favorite tee from Gap, Adam + Eve, Lilla P, C & C California (the best for layering). When I want to keep more money in my wallet than out, I always find great deals in the junior sections of department stores like BP at nordstrom.com. I adore the favorite tee at Gap, but am not as happy with their other styles and Old Navy has some great ones, particularly their cotton pique polos.
But, just like other wardrobe items, it helps to try some on to get the right fit. If you choose to go with classics like three packs of Hanes (the best bang for your buck), consider buying a smaller size to get a better fit. For various shapes like boatneck and ballet neck lines as well as different sleeve lengths, I have several tees with a variety of neck lines from Club Monaco, great henleys from Three Dots and Splendid and 3/4 length waffle weave tees with from americanapparelstore.com.
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