growing a minimalist wardrobe: t-shirts (again).

t-shirt update | reading my tea leaves


What’s a t-shirt? A bit of cotton sewn into the shape of a T; holes for head, arms and torso. A t-shirt is a t-shirt is a t-shirt you might say and you’d be half right. But anyone who wears this particular item of clothing on a regular basis knows that indeed the opposite can also be true. It’s a challenge to find a favorite tee. No doubt some of you have gone through the heartache experienced when a beloved t-shirt inevitably wears through. No doubt some of you have tried and failed to track down a replacement. (And if we’re being honest, no doubt the success rate of such an endeavor has been mixed.) No two tees alike, it seems, even when all obvious signs point to your having found a twin.

The t-shirts on this list won’t last forever and this isn’t a list of must-have tees. No, you mustn’t have these tees. But you might have these them and be quite pleased indeed. In case a new t-shirt is something that you’re looking for, here are a few new-to-me suggestions to update the list I wrote last year. The t-shirts on this list were made with a bit of thoughtfulness and shaped with a bit of care. 

For myself, I’m on something of a crew-neck kick and have mostly transitioned my remaining v-necks into the for-sleeping-in pile and am sticking to classic crews for daily wear. I’ve found myself partial to slightly off-whites, which seem more forgiving in summer heat. I’ve liked the look of a slightly more fitted tee lately, though I still have a loosey goosey one or two for days when anything that sticks won’t do.

Herewith, an addendum to the original list of tees that I wrote about almost exactly a year ago. Please feel free to add any favorites that I’ve missed to the comments below.t-shirt update | reading my tea leaves

American Giant: I love a nice cotton slub and the Supima cotton Premium Crew T from American Giant looks like a queen among them. I love the center seam down the back and the neutral, muted color selections. (Made in the USA.)

Amour Vert: A relatively new-to-me place to shop for thoughtful clothes, Amour Vert stocks a long list of t-shirts of various stripes (literal and figurative). I’m partial to the Mikki for a tee-shirt that offers a romantic change from a more classic crew. And for linen tee enthusiasts, the Ryan looks like it would do the trick. (Made in the USA.)

Brook There: RMTL sponsor Brook There recently added a few simple cotton tees and tanks to their lineup of thoughtfully made undergarments. I love the deep hem detail of their linen slouch tee; made from linen jersey milled in the US. (Made in the USA.)

Jungmaven: Move over cotton. Jungmaven’s on a mission to get everyone in a hemp tee by the year 2020 to mitigate climate change. Very ambitious hopes aside, I like the idea of folks thinking outside the box. The t-shirt doesn’t start out as soft as Pima cotton, but it’s got that lovely worn-in look that some days really call for. It would make a solid replacement for your favorite vintage tee that finally gave out. In my experience, they run a tad on the large size. I got mine from the ever-lovely RMTL sponsor, Wilson and Willy’s. (Made in the USA.)

Victor Athletics: When James and I both bought and adored the Victor Athletics hoodie this spring, I also tried one of their pocket tees on for size. Their new tees are a slightly different design than the one I have, but no doubt the quality and care that’s gone into their making has been the same. Every shirt is made from single origin Organic cotton grown and milled in the US.  The designs and color choices are classic and simple. (Made in the USA.)

The original t-shirt roundup right this way. All those other minimalist wardrobe posts, right here.

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