LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Flair and Square

Let's Hear it for the Boys

I see hundreds of T-shirts each day on campus. It’s something that I lament, as T-shirts are usually so uninspiring. They are, by nature, practical, comfortable items; something that’s easy to throw on without much consideration. It’s a shame that T-shirts are usually so dull and run-of-the-mill. Comfort and fashion can coexist; practicality does not have to equal a lack of aesthetic beauty.

This Fashionisto’s rag & bone T-shirt illustrates this concept perfectly. It is simple and comfortable, yet beautifully designed. It merely depicts a black square on a white background. And precisely because of its minimalism, it is very striking. One of the most beautiful elements of the T-shirt is the tiny line of white that peeks out from underneath the pocket. While this tee is simple, it is clear that a lot of thought went into the design. It is perfectly balanced: neither bland nor pretentious.

In fact, every element of this Fashionisto’s outfit strikes a great balance between simplicity, comfort and design. His harem pants are a fashionable alternative to the standard sweatpants. His bag holds a load of books just as well as any other backpack, but it maintains style and can complement any outfit. His watch tells the time but also serves as an attractive accessory. Even his sandals look stylish, and that is a very rare thing to see on a man in the Midwest. They keep his feet cool on a hot summer day, but are also beautiful in themselves.

He really does look fashion savvy from head to toe. Yet he still manages to look comfortable. He is, after all, wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants. This Fashionisto demonstrates that it really isn’t hard to look and feel good.

Hint: Don’t just throw on your old go-to T-shirt when you’re feeling lazy. Invest in a few nice, well designed T-shirts such as this color-block T-shirt or this one from T by Alexander Wang. Keep it simple, or stick to black and white, like this Fashionisto, and you’ll see how classy a T-shirt can be.

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