I am a fan of magazines in general. I like flipping through them, leaving them on my coffee table or night stand. I love to be able to peruse them at my leisure. Call me old school, but the tactile experience of paper can’t be beat. And while I subscribe to several mags, Real Simple is hands-down my favorite. It’s uplifting, chock-full of wonderful, practical tips for maintaining your home, your life and your sanity.
What I also like is their beauty section. This month they had a gallery of two dozen t-shirts they recommend for summer with price points starting at $8.50 (Old Navy…will be checking them out as soon as I can head over to our local mall). While some brands are automatically out of my size range–Vera Wang, Banana Republic, Petit Bateau to name a few–I was intrigued with their photo and description of a Coldwater Creek viscose shirt. It has diagonal shirring and goes up to a 3x. Unfortunately I was unable to find a photo on Coldwater’s website and the whole article, as of this posting, is not online.
I recommend you check out the article because in addition to the great t-shirt ideas, Real Simple goes one step beyond and gives a one-page primer on everything you need to know about this wardrobe staple.
- They run down what necklines go with what body type (though I disagree when they say cowl necklines look good on those of us with er, uh…a full balcony, as the French say).
- The primer offers a glossary of t-shirt fabrics and the best (not too sheer) white tees but they let us down because the three designers they specifically mention–Lilla P, Banana Republic and Vince–don’t carry past a small XL. (I am still on my elusive quest for that perfect white T…will I EVER find it?!)
- Also it analyzes what you get for a $65 t-shirt. I’m not against paying that much for a t-shirt, but it’d better be damn good!
For more information about t-shirt care you can access ‘The Hole Story’ at http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing-care/t-shirts-00100000079965/index.html.