Let’s be honest, the cornerstone of every man’s wardrobe isn’t the suit, a great jacket or even a pair of jeans; it’s the humble and often under appreciated T-shirt. The T-shirt that asks little but delivers much in terms of comfort, the building block from which so many outfits are constructed.
Over the years the T-shirt has grown up in style from a billboard of whatever bombastic pop culture reference is in vogue to an understated staple in increasingly sophisticated weaves. Express recently introduced their One Eleven collection of stylish T’s that compliment laid back summer styles paired with your favorite jeans or chinos.
I picked up three shirts that I styled with the same pair of Rocco Slim Fit Stretch jeans. I was really impressed with the quality of these shirts and the softness of the cotton blend fabric. They come in a huge variety of colors and styles, so it was a bit of a challenge to choose just three and I’ll probably be back to add to my wardrobe each time I need a T-shirt refresh.
The first shirt was a 3/4 sleeve baseball T, meant to have the sleeve rolled up (I like just below the elbow). Going with the baseball theme, I paired a matching creme cap for a look that you could literally take to the ball game, or just chilling with your friends watching the game on TV.
Shoes, Kenneth Cole; Tote, Les Essentiels de la Vie; headphones, Bowers & Wilkins.
The second was a simple marled grey T that is a basic every guy should have in their dresser (or wherever they keep their T-shirts). It’s the kind of look that you can throw on with jeans and not have to think much before you walk out the door. This one is great because it’s got a blend of cotton, rayon and spandex which gives it both a soft feel and a nice bit of stretch around the sleeves for a super comfortable fit.
Lastly, I picked up a two-tone contrast raglan with a front pocket. I was getting some “back to school” vibes with this shirt, so I threw on a Skagen backpack to go with it. This shirt is great whether or not you’ve seen in the inside of a classroom in the last decade.