13 Apr 2019

Weekend Wardrobe: Tee Off In Black


As perfect as a white tee is, so is its counterpart.

A black tee is as essential to the wardrobe as red lipstick is to the make-up bag.

One of those can’t live without pieces.

Like good reds, there are never too many black tee shirts; folded black tees live in multiples in my closet. Seriously, I stock and re-stock every chance I get. Whether I wear them alone or under a coat they are a serious go-to. As travelling companions they are perfect; little bag space and little headspace required. Throw on a black tee with black or with white – even the reds, pinks and emeralds – add the right accessories and it’s a great look.

I am in Italy for a quick two days and what is in my carry on?

3 x black tees, 1 x black pants, 1 x kitten heels for the evening, 1 x sneakers for day and a houndstooth jacket. Easy pack.

Black tee shirts require the same elements as the perfect whites to do their job. The right neckline, the sleeve length, the fabric and where they sit all make a difference. We worked out the how’s and why’s when we wrote To A Tee. A good tee is not necessarily determined by price and oftentimes the more expensive they are, the less I like them.

I have spent forever searching out good tees and working out what’s what. Sounds simple? Sometimes the most “simple” is the trickiest. xv

The Black Tee Edit

bp. v neck  ||  eilieen fisher cotton  ||  rag and bone crewneck  ||  halogen short sleeve  ||  madewell crewneck

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images, jil sander, matthew priestley for w magazine

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It’s my color. I am trying to wear more color, but black attracts me and this is why. All of the reasons you share, all the reasons you show…look at that young woman but look at the mature woman…she is striking and we can pull it off just like she can.

Ms. Liz

Lord and Taylor tees. I purchase both black and white in multiples in the petite size. Perfect for me!

Linda B

I love your formula for a weekend trip! Perfect! I’ll add one suggestion for tees–Everlane. They have a variety of fits, and I love that they work with sustainable, ethical manufacturing–all for a reasonable price.

Michelle à Détroit

Agreed on black tees, Vicki. I like highish V necks, feminine (not too high) crew necks and boat neck tees. I am loathe to show décolleté with tees or sweaters at all, as I see way too much if it everywhere these days.


Don’t forget those of us loathe to display the upper arm!
We need good tees too just a bit more sleeve please team.


The Madewell tees are quite good with their length Deb… mid-upper arm…
The arms… yikes… I work on them but they still don’t look as I want :) :)


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