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I Did and Loved One Thing I Vowed I’d Never Do

Ethical t-shirt options are growing. After trying a few, I definitely found my favorite socially responsible wardrobe staple. Here’s why I purchased four American Giant t-shirts to add to my minimal summer closet. 

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Two weeks ago, I did one thing I generally vow never to do. I bought four versions of the same American Giant v-neck t-shirt in four different colors.

Before I became more thoughtful about my clothes, I often found something I liked and bought an extra one if I liked it. Why not have multiples, right?

Wrong (at least I thought).

Having multiple versions of the same thing in varying colors made my closet feel full but boring. I couldn’t create versatility in my style. As I explored new elements of style, I committed never to own two of anything. It felt like a waste.

Then…

American Giant changed my tune.

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Having really great staples in a wardrobe adds lots of remixing opportunities. The staples match many things, can be layered and are often season-less. Quality basics form a solid foundation on which to build with more interesting and unique style companions.

Coming to fully understand this principle, as overdue as it may seem, confirmed I could use a couple more high quality basic t-shirts in my repertoire. Moving to a warmer climate and needing more than a handful of pieces for hot weather also encouraged the purchase of a few more t-shirts, but I digress…

As I contemplated which brand(s) to buy, I really loved my American Giant t-shirt and didn’t entirely appreciate everything about any other t-shirt I’d ever owned. So… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Now I own the American Giant Premium Cotton V-neck in black, navy, olive and blush.

They’re crazy comfortable, a bit longer to be more flattering (at least for me), and a heavier cotton that feels sturdier yet still totally breathable and fresh. They generally hold their shape and size through the wash. The neck hemline has loosened a bit with washes for me, but I think it helps give the shirt a perfectly “lived in” look.

Really, these American-made bad boys just rock.

Through all this, I learned that diversity of style is important. But when it comes to basics (the foundational staples in your closet), performance is key. When you find something that works for you, embrace it. You don’t need the shirt in every single color. But if you want a few solid colored t-shirts on which to build a classic capsule wardrobe or a wardrobe foundation, sticking to a brand that works for you isn’t such a bad thing. It’s definitely the path of least resistance, which as busy moms, we can probably all appreciate.

If your closet needs a basic, classic t-shirt, check out American Giant. With this referral link, you’ll get 15% off your first purchase. Enjoy!

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Shirt – American Giant (15% off your first purchase) | Jeans – Vince (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Shoes – Nisolo ($25 off your first purchase) | Bag – Nine West

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What size T shirt are you wearing? Love them!

Jen

Friday 26th of August 2016

Hi Sheila - I wear a size small.

Shelbee on the Edge

Monday 22nd of August 2016

Super cute outfit and who doesn't love the perfect tee? It's like I am always on an endless shirt for "my perfect tee"! For me, however, I stock up on tank tops for layering. I literally wear a tank top every day as my first layer and when I find the perfect one, I buy it in every color!

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Shelbee www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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