Heey guys 😊 .. How are we doing? Hope we’ve had a wonderful weekend? 😊 .. Happy Sunday! I wish the weekend was longer too btw 😩 .. Lol for today’s editorial though, we’re exploring something that’s rather very much overlooked in the fashion hemisphere but ironically is just as important as most of the other more dramatic pieces .. More like a ‘Back to the basics” editorial.
It has been said that a man always looks his best in jeans and a t-shirt, or a well tailored suit, and that everything else is a game (one we all love to play). So on that note, shall we get serious about our tees?
A garment that started off as strictly underwear, developed into work wear and is now a definitive wardrobe essential, you would be hard pushed to find a man who has never owned a t-shirt.
This 100 plus year-old basic is also the only piece of clothing that can be worn for any occasion, by any person, male or female alike (which is why I decided to feature both sides of the coin in this editorial) .. from under a shirt with a suit, to the gym, to the beach and even to bed.
They are true commodities: we buy them in bulk, often from the same brand, and we don’t really think about them until they need replacing. But are we really making the most out of our basic t-shirts?
I collaborated with T Shirt brand “Zerah Tees” to make this editorial happen, they made all the tees I used, and they are really good tees as you can see, transcending fabrics and with a message.
As simple as they might seem, there are some basic things that need to be right when you’re wearing your tee, yup! Even your tees need to be worn right, some of which are;
The Perfect Fit
The way your t-shirts fit says a lot about you. If they’re baggy, with sleeves flopping sadly from the shoulder and excess fabric creating a tent around your torso, I hate to say it, but you’re telling the world you forgot about yourself.
On the other hand, exploding seams and a stuffed sausage-effect fit send the opposite message. A perfect fit is not too tight, neither is it too loose.
Try out basic colors first, then experiment!
Timeless Black & White
And sometimes navy. These timeless shades are what set the foundations of any successful wardrobe and we often classify t-shirts in these colours as ‘basic’.
White: the quintessential t-shirt. For underwear there is no better choice and it’s the best colour (bar none) to pair with your classic indigo jeans – see James Dean and Paul Newman for confirmation. White works on every skin tone, and there are no side effects to it. Highly recommended.
Black: although black remains a popular shade for the modern gent, it isn’t necessarily the best choice for a t-shirt. The colour fades quickly and much like black dress shirts, they can appear a little too stark during the daytime. Plus, when it’s hot outside, do you really want to dress in black? On a positive note, a black t-shirt is a layering essential, perfect for using under a jumper or jacket during the colder times.
Other Colours: No strict rules here. A t-shirt is an easy, affordable and effective way of experimenting with colour. Reds, pinks, greens – if there’s a shade you’ve been lusting over, try it on a t-shirt.
And One more thing I’d like us to address when it comes to tees;
The majority of men tend to rely on thicker fabrics rather than lightweight ones, as if quality is directly related to the weight of the garment. Well, the opposite is actually true for t-shirt materials.
Cotton blends are good options. A moderate amount of elastane (stretch fibres) helps to maintain the shape of your tee, whereas cotton-polyester blends come in at a lower price point and offer easy maintenance (they crease less). The Tees used in this editorial for example are cotton blends, so not bad at all.
More than any other casual wardrobe mainstay, tees teeter on the edge between classically casual and careless. So not careless guys, classically casual!
Thank you so much for reading as always 😊 .. You’re probably more alive to tees now, right? 😉 .. If you’d love to get similar tees to the ones here, feel free to reach out to this brand “Zerah tees” .. IG – @ zerahtees
Photos by @oluwademilade_tejdstudios 😊