A Closet Essential: My Favorite Tee

Feb 20, 2018

Tee shirts may seem too casual initially, but when it comes to layering and mixing high and low items, I find having a couple on hand, at least one in black and one in white, is helpful to seamlessly complete a look that needs to be simple, yet look effortlessly chic.

Last week I was reminded of why I love Rag & Bone’s classic V-neck tees when I slipped my black one on to wear underneath my Theory Gabe blazer, complete with dark skinny jeans, black heels and simple hoop earrings. It worked and it was an easy decision upon stepping into my closet.

Now I haven’t always had the best of luck with tee shirts as I do have broad shoulders, and even if a tee shirt looks as it does on the models above – loose around the upper arms – mine seemed to inevitably look like cap sleeves – tight and high on the shoulder – not the desired effect.

However, a couple of years ago I was reading Vogue and found Cindy Crawford’s lake house images (one shown above on the left). The caption shared she was wearing a Rag & Bone tee, so I went to Nordstrom and tried them on. Yep, they were what I have always wanted. Made with 100% Pima cotton slub jersey, they are not sheer, but not thick, heavy cotton either. I don’t find a need to wear a camisole underneath, and I make sure to wear a nude bra when I wear the white. Available in a crew neck style as well, vee necks always work better for me to elongate the body.

Having had my white and black tees for more than two years now, I can recommend with certainty if you are looking for a similar style, the price tag will be a wise cost-per-wear choice, as they will last and continue to look great.

Available in grey as well, I wear a small (which normally is not the case), but would feel comfortable in a medium as well. They are meant to be slightly loose.

SHOP Rag & Bone’s tees:

~SIMILAR SIGNATURE STYLE posts from the Archives you might enjoy:

~Polka Dots: Playful Sophistication

~Stripes & Blazers: A Complementary Pair

~Sensual Instead of Sexual

Images of Cindy Crawford: Vogue September 2015 & Looktastic



10 thoughts on “A Closet Essential: My Favorite Tee

  1. Don’t think that t-shirts must be cotton. I find that linen t-shirts, especially with a v-neck, are so much more flattering on me. They drape better, they stand up to frequent laundering better, and they keep me so much cooler in the summer. Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft have some that are reasonably priced. I’ll never go back to cotton!

  2. My favorite tee is similar, but a great deal less expensive. The Halogen tee from Nordstrom is so soft, such a great fit, and just the right thickness so that it’s not heavy but not sheer. Another fashion blogger recommended it last year, and I now have it in multiple colors. I’m sure the Rag & Bone are excellent, but this is another great option! https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-modal-jersey-v-neck-tee-regular-petite/4089424?contextualcategoryid=60135750&origin=keywordsearch&keyword=halogen+tee&top=72&flexi=60134359_60134367

      1. I must say the Halogen tees from Nordstrom have a good fit, but I haven’t been impressed with their quality. Mine have pilled/holed far more quickly than I would like. They aren’t pricey, but I hate filling up the landfill with tees that wear out after six months.

        1. Oh that’s good to know! I’ve only had mine for a year or so, and they’re holding up very well so far, but this might be a case where a more expensive option ends up being a better choice for some.

  3. I used to love Adam+Eve tees ( Adam Lippes brand now). They were expensive but lasted forever. I am currently trying Sunspel, a British brand, holding up really well.

  4. I would like to offer another suggestion – Petit Bateau tee shirts. Petit Bateau, an iconic French brand, started out as (and still is) a children’s brand, but French women have always bought their beautifully fitted, well made tee shirts for themselves. They are sized by “ans” – French for “years”. A woman of about a U.S. size 6-8 would typically be about a 16 ans, someone size 10 about an 18 ans, and so on. In recent years the brand has expanded their adult sizes and offerings. Their cotton tee shirts are wonderfully soft, slim-fitting without being tight, and wear like iron. Try them out! http://www.petit-bateau.us

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