This spring, streetwear – synonymous with contemporary skate apparel and big attitude – is making an unexpected comeback. A growing number of ready-to-wear designers have set their sights on a single wardrobe essential: the T-shirt. The prominence of designer collaborations, diffusion lines, and “masstige” in general has undoubtedly played a part in re-igniting interest in basics. And why shouldn’t the bare essentials be just as special as special-occasion wear?
Limited availability and oftentimes inaccessible price points prevent many style setters from attaining a dream wardrobe brimming with runway looks. Designer tees however give the wearer a slice of the collection at a fraction of the price. They provide high utility combined with collector’s item appeal.
Style Tip: The next time you’re suffering from wardrobe fatigue, try a twist on the tried and true jeans-and-tee ensemble. Pair a tie-dyed Jonathan Saunders top with coloured denim. Elevate a logo-emblazoned tee (YSL is our fave) to office-appropriate attire by tucking a boxy crewneck into a structural skirt, or couple a Prabal Gurung digital print and leather pants. Before you know it your streetwear will be street styled.
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