I don’t care what Kate Moss says, basics rule and chief among them (ok possibly on a par with the breton top) is the grey t-shirt. I can’t deny that I sometimes wish I was a more outlandish dresser, the sort of person who can throw together a crazy outfit and pull it off with aplomb. Unfortunately that person is not me. I’m far more likely to go understated and because of that I’m a firm believer in investing in quality basics. The cut is better, they wash without losing shape and a whole outfit can be built up around them; paint your nails, don a pair of heels, a statement jacket and suddenly that basic item is dressed up enough for a night out.
So, starting with the master of the look, T by Alexander Wang. Mine was purchased on eBay for a steal, of course, but I would say any of his basics are worth investing in. The silk mix long sleeve tops are particularly beautiful.
Next up the wonderful James Perse. The cut is just perfect, very lightweight but they do come up small. Still crazy money for a t-shirt but can be picked up for a much better price in the sales so sit tight.
French brand American Vintage’s Jacksonville t-shirts, both in long and short sleeve, are absolute classics. Despite my already ample collection this one is on my wish list. Iris offer 10% discount on your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter.
Whistles also make fantastic basics, this one is a cross between a top and a t-shirt. Add to wishlist. Check.
And last but not least (bar in the price department that is, as these are absolute bargains) h&m divided still comes up trumps in the grey-t department. They last and last. And last. I can’t bear to part with mine, despite it being almost ten years old.
H&M divided t-shirt (old) but similar here
As a final side note, H&M also have some fantastic printed t-shirts in stock, which are currently trending again/will never go out of fashion. I particularly love this Guns n Roses number, disregard the fact a man is modelling it and I love this one too. Because it’s grey, of course.