Check out my clothes rail (one of, I should say), it’s a hippy happy plentiful selection of print and pattern. It’s hard to spot a sleek and simple style in there, let alone one that’s all one colour. I love clothes with personality you see. I like to wear my heart, quite literally on my sleeves. And until now that’s been fine.
Recently, however I’ve felt a bit restricted by my print-tastic collection and I’m finding it hard to get dressed without looking like Coco the Clown. A little print mixing (or ‘prixing’) is always welcome in my book but there’s a line, and I’m dangerously close to it. So with my print woes at the forefront of my mind one evening during an ASOS binge, I ventured in to uncharted waters: I bought a set of three basic (see: plain) boyfriend tees.
Now firstly, I hate those multi-packs. They remind me of being a kid and being bought crappy cheapy multi-packs of vests and there was inevitably always one ugly one in the set but you had to ‘get the wear out of it’ because it came in the bloody set. I can’t have been the only one? You went through that too, right? And secondly, I rarely buy basics. They’re just boring, aren’t they? They’re staples sure, but I just never get around to buying staples when there are pretty things to purchase. Which is of course how I got in to this mess…
I have to admit, it was the first time I’d ordered clothes online and forgot about the next day delivery. I wasn’t even a bit excited when Mr Courier arrived with my parcel and didn’t even open it straight away (rare!). I know it sounds ridiculous – they’re just t-shirts, Gemma! – but I knew they weren’t ‘me’ and they certainly weren’t fun. But who needs fun when you can actually start to wear outfits people don’t need sunglasses to look at anymore, eh?
When I did get around to opening my parcel I was really surprised. If you’re in the market for some well-made, thick-enough-to-not-be-see-through cotton t-shirts, I can’t recommend this £24 set of boyfriend t-shirts enough. In the pack is a white, a black and a deep raspberry tee and they’re all really crisp in colour. The short sleeves are slightly turned up and the collar is round and quite high but it’s relatively loose so you don’t feel like you’re being throttled.
Now for the best bit. I tried the t-shirts on with jeans – so far so good. And with a few floral skirts – really good. I dug out the printed trousers I’d been dying to wear but didn’t know what with – really really good! And then out came the leopard print and the sequins and the textures, all of the stuff I’d relegated to the depths of my wardrobe because I had nothing to wear it with. My vast collection of striped, dotted and generally a bit mad blazers and coats were suddenly the statement pieces taking centre stage that I’d always imagined they’d be, if only they could get a shot at the limelight. And with a plain t-shirt underneath that’s exactly what they got.
Dramatic though this post may seem, adding some plain stuff to my collection really has been quite life-changing and has alleviated so much getting dressed stress in the morning. I’ve since invested in another set of plain grey and cream t-shirts, a couple of bright ones (just because it’s plain doesn’t mean it has to be dull!) and I am loving all of the new outfit combinations I’ve discovered. I actually haven’t bought any new print pieces since! Oh, actually, I did get a cheeky Breton top yesterday, which is neither particularly ‘basic’ or something I needed but hey, a leopard doesn’t change her spots overnight…
Are you a basic-phobe? Or do you live in your boyfriend tee?