STYLE AND CULTURE
CULT ITEM: WHITE T-SHIRT
By Matt Glazebrook, 12 September 2019
September is a great time to stock up on basics for the new season and basics don't come much more basic than the white T-shirt. Indeed, the humble white tee didn't even begin life as a garment designed for public consumption, but as a comfy bit of underwear for American sailors to sport under their navy uniform. Fast forward 100 years, however, and the joys of a crisp, icy crew neck are something to be shouted about – whether proudly displayed as a standalone item or worn as the core of a versatile layered ensemble. Seriously, it's very hard to look bad in a clean (this is very important) and crisp white tee.
The great thing about the white T-shirt is that it's multi-functional. It works as a simple outfit anchor, a blank canvas upon which to build something a bit more adventurous, and the ideal layering piece for transitional temps. See this street styler, for example, who wears his under a striped shirt and blazer. Too suave.