Summer 2016 has been an evolutionary one for the t-shirt, which is ready for fall more than ever. Let's face it, not everyone can pull this off and the common T can easily be a lazy and unflattering. The time has come for the t-shirt to assume a more prominent position amongst its zippered and buttoned companions, which tend to get the lead role around this time of year. Gravitating to the realm of boxy and spacious, the T’s latest métier wins in both class and comfort. Oak and Fort, the minimalist brand out of Vancouver, is murdering the game with their earthy monochromatic tones and futuristic simplicity. Oak and Fort has turned the t-shirt into a confident statement. The bold blend of polyester, rayon, and spandex create a thick matte facade while keeping the shirt’s angles at attention. This $58 peice is made for a sophisticated evening out and is sure to put the man blouse to shame. Another slightly more affordable option is American Apparel’s $34 short sleeve sweatshirts that are made with 100% thick sun faded cotton and come in cool blue/green grays. If you’re just not ready to start layering up yet, these shirts are built for late summer days as they ease into early autumn nights.
Please excuse me while I address the elephant in the room, but I am proud to say this is the first of hopefully many articles in which Poor Young Gentleman is promoting new garb at retail prices. These items are not vintage, classic americana, or even a steal, but that is not all of what being a PYG is about. Style is continuously evolving and we must grow with it while both learning from and loving its past. And like I’ve said before, sometimes spending a little extra on something effortless and new can contrast you’re vintage swagger superbly. Now back to the t-shirt.
The most important quality of a well fitted t-shirt, above the color and pattern, new or old, is the texture and length. Maybe more than any other article of clothing the fit of a t-shirt's torso and sleeves determine its attitude and are responsible for its painless look. A t-shirt that hangs and drapes like this bad ass denim Cotton:On from Crossroads Trading Co, should have a deep neckline and interesting material for a sexy oversized look.
Like anything else, with an ever-growing affection comes a relentless pickiness, and the T is no exception. This fall, before you pack away your summer expectations, hold on a little longer and bulk up with some t-shirts that will keep you cool.