joan collins probably doesn’t wear white t-shirts
So she wouldn’t have encountered this problem. But I do. And my old white long sleeve t-shirt was getting pretty grimy. The small holes in the armpits had morphed into large, Balmain-like deconstructed segments. The ladies in yoga stared. It was time.
It’s been several years since I bought a new white long sleeve shirt, but it’s a white shirt so no problem, right? Oh how naive I was. I generally have three criteria for clothes: fabric, fit, flatter. Is it made of nice soft fabric, does it fit well and is it flattering. While I feel like those shouldn’t be terribly hard to satisfy, it seems like almost all new clothes out there are poorly sewn rayon/poly blend pieces designed for 12 year old boys. Or maybe that’s just me.
Enter Bloomingdales. I had something to return (a very interesting Christmas present), which netted me a whole $85 to spend. I’m thinking Oh, I could probably get two with this store credit. Score! HA! Nice try Merin.
First, I couldn’t find any white t-shirts. Sequin mini skirts abound. Not so much the basics. Finally, I find the trendy t-shirt section (in the back, shoved next to the denim). Now, had I been looking for a plunging neckline, cammo print thermal tee, I would have been in business. I can’t tell you how many bizarre t-shirts there were. And they were all priced well above $50 (even the ones on sale). Of six brands only three offered white t-shirts. Splendid had a strangely draped sort of faux cowl neck thing retailing for $98. I don’t love the knit of Three Dot, just too thick and rigid for me, particularly with a $55 price tag. Which left me with a $65 James Perse that had no obvious flaws. It was soft and fit well.
Would I have bought what is, in all fairness, a $35 shirt for $65 had I not had store credit? No. The whole episode leaves me wondering…what has happened to basics? You know, the things that people wear every day. Do you have a good source for $35 white t-shirts? (and don’t say Gap … the fit is terrible) Do people not want well-made, classic clothes at a decent price anymore?