I have a strong ’70s bent to my personal style, and because of this I rely predominantly on vintage finds each season. But one item I’ve long struggled to find on vintage racks is the perfect basic T-shirt.

They exist, but rarely do I find crisp, plain tees in good condition that fit with that perfect, boxy shape. So each year as the weather has warmed up, I’ve tried and failed to source one from a modern label. I’ve tried cheap and cheerful kinds, expensive tees made with a linen-cotton blend, the works.

Then last year I was delivered targeted ads by Everlane. I’d heard of the San Francisco-based direct-to-consumer label before – its comfortable, stylish work-appropriate footwear range was very hyped a few years ago, particularly the Day Heel. But I’d never shopped the label before – in large part because the conversion rate from US to Australian dollars was terrible.

But last year the label launched its Australian store, with reasonable price tags and free shipping if you spent over a certain amount. I finally took the plunge and bought a few items – the organic cotton box-cut tee being one of them.

Some items I sent back – the denim is great, but the cuts are fairly cropped. As a tall gal, I need that length. But the tee became a staple last summer. I wore it every week, teamed with my denim flares and some tan slides I bought in Greece a few years back. The cut was exactly what I’d been searching for – that slightly slouchy, thick-but-not-too-thick cotton in a shape that feels feminine but still with a slight tomboy aesthetic.

I can go deeper. The neckline is high, but not so high it makes my chest look huge (big bust problems, right?). The sleeves sit in a super flattering place on my upper arms. The length suits wearing out over shorts, but still tucks into high-waisted denim easily. The pocket adds a bit of ’70s-casual detail (at least, I like to think it does).

This year, I think I’ll pick up a few new tees in Carmine (rusty burnt-red) and Harvest Gold (faded, summery yellow).


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