When you do find your Perfect White 'T', stock up on them

EVERY THINKING MAN OWNS a classic white-T. It has always been my wardrobe's mainstay item, and I have worn it forever. Fashions come and go, but the humble white crew-neck T-shirt will never run its course. 

The white T-shirt had the endorsement of Hollywood's greatest icons, symbolising rebellion and nonconformity. It became a staple with anti-establishment hippies and counterculture agitators. By 2004, the hip-hop world was in rap songs and music videos, and the white T-shirt became an unofficial uniform for the young and hip. 

It is a timeless piece of simplicity that symbolises the working class – it has an essential role in a man's life. From sports stars to celebrities, everyone championed the white T-shirt, and its staying power is second to none—the reason why: it goes with absolutely anything.

My body metric - along with the golden ratio - is a comfortably fitting white T-shirt (same brand for 30 years), and this has been my simple go-to staple for most of my life – with just the occasional digression. A tremendous white T's goal is to put it on, and then you forget about it; it's the ability to wear it without thought.

People who know me say that seeing me wearing a white T is synonymous with my name; it's my second skin. I love the aesthetic simplicity of a well-fitted white T and how it dictates my mood and influences my posture, mannerisms, and bodily movement. And how its outward appearance delivers a message without words, communicating an image of clarity, positivity and confidence.

It is not overblown to say that it's also the last of the great men's staples. That is fundamental to a man's wardrobe – it's versatile, and anyone can wear a white T-shirt and look good.

The key is to pay attention to the fit and style so it becomes a versatile, classic clothing piece that feels great and looks sharp. But finding a basic white T-shirt that fits perfectly is no easy task, and for me - being a creature of habit and very particular about Ts - they need to hold their shape after washing and not get sloppy after wearing all day.

So, does the perfect white T-shirt exist? Not all white T-shirts are created equal, so you need to know what to look for when buying one. It's almost invisible differences between them that make the difference.

And, when you do find your perfect white 'T', stock up on them.


Size/Tightness: Any T-shirt should be neither too tight nor too baggy. You can wear it tighter over looser if you're in decent shape. 

Shoulder seams: The seams where the sleeves attach to the body should ideally align with where your shoulder ends.

Sleeves: The T's sleeves should hit about halfway up your upper arm. Sleeves extending farther down make you look skinny rather than show off your biceps. 

Length: The bottom hem should rest around the hip area and extend a couple of inches below it. 

Shape: Avoid baggy T's that wear like a sack. It should fit so that it follows the shape of your body a little.

Style: A white T-shirt is a classic and has to be round neck and short-sleeved.

Washing: Wash on a hand wash cycle, and don't tumble dry if you're looking for longevity.

Yet, no hue demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of colour psychology better than the enigmatic white. White is the purest of all colours and is associated with clarity, freshness, simplicity, and organisation in its traits. People who love the colour white are often seen to be calm, balanced, fearless, optimistic, independent, and have strong opinions. It can look crisp and effortlessly pulled together while still oozing style, so it's called a wardrobe essential.  

Finally, the humble tee is the most dominant piece of clothing in everyone's wardrobe. If someone tells you they don't own at least one T-shirt, they are probably lying to you. Nothing is more distilled than the plain white T-shirt.

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