T-shirt and Layering

In this post, we will deal with the T-shirt and Layering aspect of our Clothing Guide 101 series.

Do you own at least a single T-shirt? Who does not? I remember someone once said, “to err divine, to wear a T-shirt is just plain comfortable and simple :).”

What feels better than a good, old-fashioned worn basic T-shirt, then? Nothing, at least for me!

How do you know if it is of high quality? How do you know it will last longer over time? What are the best primary brands of T-shirts out there?

T-shirt Quality

A high-quality basic T-shirt doesn’t have to be expensive, just well-made, and made with the right fabric. So, what does “well-made” mean, then? Often, this means it has a seamless collar, taped neck and shoulders, and double-needle stitching throughout the entire garment.

As far as the fabric’s quality in concern, you want to look for a pre-shrunk 100% cotton jersey fabric. Ideally, ringspun, or combed cotton. Ring spinning and combing are processes that add softness to the cloth, and they are noticeably softer than basic cotton.

Many manufacturers make T-shirts with ringspun or combed cotton, but I like the Hanes Beefy-T, the Devon & Jones Vintage Tee and the American Apparel Fine Jersey Tee for women. All of these are very soft and only get better after repeated washings.

tshirt and layering

T-Shirt Layering

The practice of layering (or stacking) T-shirts has become the fashion standard for women these days. By layering, you can achieve a variety of looks by simply changing the color and style of the T-shirts you wear, and by stacking them in varying order.

With dress codes in the workplace, nowadays, becoming more casual, you can quickly get away with throwing on a comfortable skirt or a pair of khakis and layers!

Usual Brands Used in Layering

Some of the best brands used for layering are American Apparel (Classic Girl) and Hype. Both of these use good quality and lightweight cotton, which allows multiple layers without a heavy feel.

A few examples of great layering tees are the American Apparel Boy Beater tank and the Hype Sheer Cotton Long Sleeve. These two items are available in the following color options:

  • basic black and white
  • green and pink

You can layer the tanks under everything for work or play. For example, you can wear it with a suit jacket for work. They are long enough to cover the top of even the lowest waisted pants and form-fitting. Likewise, they are not too thick under your other tees.

During fall and winter, you can layer the Hype Sheer Cotton Long Sleeve Tee under everything such as other tees, blazers, sweaters, jackets, and more. These items come in a multitude of colors too.

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T-shirt and Layering

Part 7 of Clothing Guide 101 Series
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