One of the recurring themes on this blog is the concept of interesting basics. I’m always harping on the importance of buying something you love, something that makes your heart beat fast, something interesting. Perhaps….a sweater with fabulous drape? Or denim with moto detail? Or patches! Longtime readers know how I love patched denim! A few interesting basics go a long way to pulling together a cool outfit, fast. Shirt. Pants. Shoes. #nailedit
I tried to have this conversation about interesting basics with my husband. I mean – that’s pretty much how guys dress, right? Shirt. Pants. Shoes. Done. I was all, “Mike, if we can find some interesting tees or jeans–”
“I like dark jeans. Plain.”
Ok. I can work with that. “So OK – look at these tees…..do any of them make your heart beat fast?”
He stares blankly at the screen. Blinks. His eyes cut to my boobs. “I see something that–”
Here are a few “interesting” (yet easy) tees for our guys. They’ve all been approved by Mike (and Zack, my sister’s husband and new dad!!), even if neither will admit to heart-flutters while wearing.
Sports fan? Unless it’s game day, try swapping out his jersey for a baseball tee. You could go the regular baseball tee route (Target has a great plain baseball tee), but I really like the henley detail. Zack is wearing Alternative’s Trim Fit Henley, which is currently on sale at Nordstroms (part of the anniversary sale!) for $24, down from $40.
Split Neck Tee
Meet Mike’s favorite tee. The Moroccan Split-Neck Jersey Tee (also by Alternative) is drapey (so forgiving on any stomach, um, softness) and super soft. It’s also part of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, $24 down from $38. He wears this thing everywhere, but the split-neck detail makes it look a bit cooler than the average tee, and the thin, drapy material tucks in well, making this tee perfect for date night, too.
If you do nothing else, swap out a few of your guy’s tees for Everlane’s v-neck t-shirts. They’re $15, soft, and have a perfect slim fit (fitted but not tight). Besides the Moroccan Split Neck above, Mike gets the most use out of his Everlane tees. (And it looks like they have a bunch of new colors – time to restock!)
Show A Little Skin: Scoop-Neck Tees and Low-Vs
If your guy is a little more, uh, fashion-forward (we need a better term for guys)….then head over to ASOS for a scoop neck tee. There’s a wide range of scoop necks, from a slight scoop to shirts that look like large women’s tees. My favorite is this one ($15). The scoop is there (just enough to be sexy) but not overly much.
I also like a slightly lower v-neck like the Sunshine and Daydreams tee by Geofox Apparel ($30, unisex sizing). However, like the Scoop necks above, the deep v-necks are tricky. For example, ASOS’s deep v-neck tee would look terrible on Mike, but Zack could probably rock it. Mike’s GeoFox tee is made from an American Apparel base tee…..and it looks like the Fine Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck is the closest plain option (although I’m not sure what’s going on with the sleeves).
Of course, if all else fails, stripes. Obviously.
ps. More cool guy tees in the Men’s shop.