Because I have been shopping less and wearing what’s in my closet more, I find I actually need to replace a few things because they . . . are wearing out!
Besides shopping less, I am trying to shop better, i.e., choose items that I really love and look forward to wearing. I am carrying that philosophy right down to basics like camis and black and white tee shirts.
After years of hit-or-miss, I know that my favorite camisoles are the Old Navy’s with a built-in shelf bra. I can then choose to wear a “real” bra underneath, or go bra-free, with just enough support. They sell for about $10 and come in a zillion colors. I only buy black, white and navy because those suit my wardrobe best and make dressing simple. If I put them in the dryer for only 10 minutes and air-dry the rest of the way, they look fresh for an amazingly long time.
|These are my go-to cami’s. Cheap and amazingly durable.|
The basic tee shirt search has been more complicated. I like a very soft hand, a slouchy fit, and a vee or scoop-neck (no manly crew-necks). I also like for them to not pill or fade quickly. Surprisingly, price point hasn’t always been the determining factor. I’ve had a few Target Merona tees outlast the occasional Vince and Splendid brand.
I find I prefer a blend to 100% cotton most of the time. Lands End and L.L. Bean tees are usually too cotton-y for my taste. I’ve read great reviews of American Apparel tees, but I just can’t give my $$$ to their CEO, with whom I have major issues (your mileage may vary).
So, here are some of my current contenders, and I would love to hear about yours in the comments:
|Pure Body V-Neck Tee by Gap. I’ve had several of these
and they feel great, wear well.
|Ditto the long sleeve version|
|The JCrew Vintage Tee is all cotton, but it’s super-soft . . .|
|. . . as is their Tissue Tee.|
Over to you: where do you get your basic tees?