Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Little White Tee

White House Black Market
Among the hardest working pieces in a woman’s wardrobe, along with the perfect pair of jeans and the perfect LBD, is the perfect LWT – Little White Tee – especially in summer, when it becomes her favorite go-to piece. 

But it often seems that finding the perfect LWT is even harder than finding the perfect LBD. 

It should be a no-brainer.  We should be able to just order it on line or grab one off the rack without even trying it on.  After all, it’s just a simple white Tee -- nothing special, right?  Wrong. 

Finding your perfect LWT is a bit more complicated than that.  It is essential to try it before you buy it to determine the following:


The fabric should feel soft and comfortable to the touch.  I prefer a light, silky Tee with a bit of stretch to it; however, the silkier the fabric, the more transparent it is likely to be, so make sure to check that out.  Personally, I’m not into totally see-through Tees (M-T Note:  Make sure to wear a nude bra, rather than white, under your white Tee, unless you want people to focus on your bra.). 

White House Black Market

If you are larger on top, a V-neck will be more flattering than a round or crew neck.  V-necks create diagonal lines which break up any roundness.  You never want to repeat the same shape in your neckline.  For example, if you have narrow shoulders, a bateau neckline will make them seem wider.  For the pear-shaped woman this adds width at the top to balance a wider bottom. 


A large, shapeless Tee will make you look the same.  It doesn’t have to fit like a second skin, but it should hug the body enough to show some shape underneath.  If you wear a loose-fitting Tee, wear skinny jeans or a slim, straight skirt to create a more flattering proportion. 


How long is the Tee?  Is it too long/too short?  Does it hit you at the right spot?   Here’s where trying it on is crucial.  Here’s also where you determine whether or not the Tee can be worn over (Does the zipper on my jeans poke through?) or under (too bulky?) your bottoms or both – valuable information to have. 

Once you’ve found your perfect LWT, I always advise getting two (or three).  You’ll be glad you did when your one perfect LWT is in the laundry.  If it comes in other colors that the store doesn’t have in stock, that’s the time to go on line and order it in black, navy or coral.  After all, you already know it works. 

And to those of you who don’t wear white well, no problem.  The color “white” is not in my autumn color palette either, so I always make sure I have a flattering color near my face in a scarf, necklace or earrings.  It’s the color nearest your face that counts. 

While we’re on the subject of accessories, you don’t have to stick with the tried-and-true LWT, skinny jeans and scarf. 

How about this to shake things up a bit? 
My Little White Tee and Me


  1. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
    Lovely post with a lot of great pointers!
    The last picture's tee is in Viscose and that always drapes very flattering, like does rayon and the heavier woven or knitted silks. Silk is not by definition transparant, polyesters are and they don't drape as nicely.
    It is true that about 80% of women wear the wrong bra. Not so much size wise but in combination with the garment. To find the correct style bra needs still a lot of education as in summer time we get to see a lot of tacky (often dingy looking!) bra parts!
    At the Wolford Outlet boutique I did find a perfect LWT!
    Hugs to you,

    1. Dearest Mariette,

      You are absolutely correct about Viscose, a favorite of mine -- drapes beautifully, which was why I included it.

      I hope when you found your perfect LWT that you bought more than one???

      Big bisous, ma chère amie,


  2. I agree it is difficult to find a well fitting T. And the white ones don't last well. It is very annoying when you find a good one and then it is discontinued.

    1. Don't you find that favorite things become "discontinued" more frequently these days? Very frustrating when you go back to the store for a new tube of your favorite lipstick and the color is no longer available. A sign of the changing times, no doubt.

      Al always, lovely to hear from you.

      Cheers, M-T

  3. I've just been catching up on all your posts. I love how you've changed your blog design.

    I agree that the LWT is soo important. I wear one often, but am in need of a new one and haven't found just the right cut and fit yet.

    1. I'm so delighted to hear from you. I've missed you and your blog posts.

      Thank you for the positive feedback on the little tweaks I made to my Blog. I consider you something of an expert in these matters. Much appreciated.

      xoxo, M-T


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