basically, be basic

Fashion Minimalism

basically, be basic

July 21, 2016
guest blog: the mini in me

My husband gets a big kick out of ordering a martini and then following with, “My grandfather once told me that martinis are like a woman’s breasts; one is not enough, and three is too many.” In my opinion, the same can be said of slices of pizza, dogs, social engagements per week, and trends.

These days it seems like bold is best. It’s all about slip dresses, front-button denim skirts, chokers, conspicuous logos…statements, statements, statements. With this more-is-more mentality in mind, it’s not shocking that the otherwise perfectly benign word, “basic,” has become synonymous with terrible things (like Kylie Lip Kits, standing in line at the Michael Kors sale, Pumkin Spice ‘grams, and that damn wine purse that’s all over Facebook). Not fair.

While I adore a trend, I also have a lot of respect for basic. I’ve said it ad nauseam: I loathe the trying-too-hard vibe. I don’t understand contouring in real life, I don’t understand wearing a bodycon dress and heels to Sunday brunch, and I don’t understand wearing multiple trends at once. To avoid the I-over-analyzed-my-outfit look, when it comes to rocking trends — like breasts — I draw the line at two. And this is precisely why, with all the awesome and available statements in my wardrobe, I find myself relying evermore on the very basic white t-shirt.

What should I wear with my high-rise mom jeans and gold Gucci loafers?

White tee.

What should I wear with a vintage maxi skirt that already incorporates scalloped edges, lace, patchwork, and dangling ribbons?

White tee.

What should I wear with my rainbow snakeskin shoulder bag?

It’s rainbow <pause> snakeskin <pause>.

White tee.

I feel like it’s the antidote to a lot of questionable fashion choices, and it’s also relatively inexpensive, super comfortable, so versatile, and literally timeless. I consider myself to be a bit of an expert on this non-statement staple, so I created a lineup of my top three can’t-live-without-‘em, make James Dean proud, basic as hell white tees.

Uptown Sweats – Almost Basic Tee

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Uptown Sweats is a young Pittsburgh based brand to which I was recently introduced. I like the concept, as it’s right in line with the slow fashion that I love. The collections don’t automatically change with the seasons so there’s very little waste, and (my favorite part!) fabrics are made of a bamboo blend, which is super responsible and eco-friendly. Oh, and it’s the brainchild of a woman (props).

In reality, this basic tee is not entirely basic. It’s oversized but has a banded waist, which gives the effect of tucking in, but without the PIA of actual tucking in. It’s also really comfortable and (hallelujah!!!) not transparent. Since it’s an oversized shape, I wear it with snug silhouettes – mom jeans, cropped cigarette pants, miniskirts, and yoga pants.

Basically Anything from James Perse (see what I did?)

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Roll those eyes, honey. Go ahead, make some pithy comment about $90 t-shirts. Go on. I’ll wait.

Done? Good, because when it comes to fitted tees, J.P. is my jam. And guess who’s having a sale right now. Get your amazing, ethically manufactured (mostly in the US), long-lasting, non-twisting, multi-style, super soft James Perse tees for almost 50% off right here. You’re welcome.

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J. Crew Slim Irish Linen Shirt

This one is technically a men’s shirt. And it has buttons. And it’s not a tee shirt. But hear me out. I couldn’t leave it off the list! It is as much of a staple in my life as any white tee that I’ve ever owned. I have three of these, and every time they go on sale I buy another.   Buy one. Even at full price you won’t regret it. And opt for the monogram; you won’t regret that, either.


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  • Consulente di immagine Milano August 3, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Very interesting and inspiring post!
    Love your blog.
    Consulenza d’immagine
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  • Norbyah August 1, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Love this post, and love that you gave some good recommendations of where to look for white tees. Finding the right one is like searching for the Holy Grail (my kids just watched Indiana Jones). Thinking I need to make a point to get one back in the rotation.

    By the way, I love your voice. You crack me up. Breasts. Haha!

    • The Antisocialista August 3, 2016 at 3:32 PM

      Thank you! I’m telling you, that J. Crew button-up is a lifesaver! 🙂

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    Oh do I agree with you! A white tee can really elevate a look! And it is refreshing with an otherwise “busy” outfit.
    Hope you’re having a great day.
    Much love,

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