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I am incredibly particular about what I choose to wear, for better or worse; even when it comes to my wardrobe basics. And let's face it, whether you're into fashion or not, I doubt that you'll find a single closet on the planet that doesn't have at least one white t-shirt. Unfortunately, quite a few of these classic styles leave much to be desired. But here's the thing: you only need one really good white tee shirt to really change the game for you. The good news is, of course, that I found it in the form of Hanes x Karla's White Crew tee.
Karla Welch, stylist to some of the biggest heavy-hitters on the red carpet, knows what she is doing. Her partnership with Hanes has given me many gifts, but particularly a white t-shirt that I buy on a regular basis—at least once a year. I love the shirts for a lot of reasons. The first: most white tees don't hold their shape, and once they lose their structure, wearing them can add a touch to your outfit that feels less than put together. Maybe even schlubby. But the Hanes x Karla Crew, while made of 100% cotton jersey, keeps its shape. Crisp edges, and cropped sleeves that look tailored and stay that way.
Which brings me to the lines of this top. Often, t-shirts are too long, hitting well below the waist, making for a slightly strange layering effect with whatever you're wearing on bottom. But Karla's crew? It hits right at the middle of the hips, so if you're wearing high-waisted or mid-rise jeans, your outfit flows seamlessly for a slimming effect. This shirt also nips in just the right way so it is neither too boxy, nor skintight. What you get with this intentional design is a modern take on the classic '50s style tee—think tailored and refined, but relaxed a la Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.
The cut of The Crew stays crisp, so pairing it with jeans (or just about anything else) never feels too casual, and that is key. Since I started buying the style a few years ago, I have found that I don't even blink twice at having multiples in my New York City closet, which unsurprisingly is scant on space. Better still: the top doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Because it's a white tee-shirt, and I am who I am, staining does happen, but with a friendlier price tag, I have no qualms about purchasing replacements. This comes in handy because what goes well with a white t-shirt other than literally everything?
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