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The Layering Tee Edit.

By: Jen Shoop

I wrote a little bit over the weekend about my new foray into Ayr’s wildly popular tees, and it made me realize how much I lean on this category of clothing in the cool weather seasons. Below, a round up to round out your fall wardrobe.

THE KULE MODERN LONG — Runs a bit boxy and has a slightly thick, non-stretch fabric. Take your true size. Note that “the modern long” is a bit of a misnomer — I do not find this tee “long.” It is not cropped, but it is not long, either. I’m 5’0 and it hits at my natural hip. They are currently running a promo for 20% off any two tees. I own about five or six of these. I love the stripe options (such good colors, and the perfect width) and the fun little grosgrain tag on the front. (I take an XS.)

COS LONG-SLEEVED TEES — I have not yet ordered one since I now have about fifteen thousand striped tees, but the fit and weight of this tee read very on-trend. I love the substantialness of the collar width, too.

J. CREW VINTAGE COTTON CREWNECK TEE — My longtime favorite. I buy these in bulk. I like the ever-so-slightly-burned-out quality to these? What I mean is: these tees are not an opaque, thick white — it’s a tissue-thin, soft, tagless wonder that is PERFECT for layering beneath jackets, sweaters, blazers, etc. It has no bunching/bulking.). Max comfort and versatility. The fit is just super-classic. This is the lightest-weight tee of the roundup for sure. What I love about these, too, is that given how much I wear white tees, I won’t be out of sorts when I spill on one given the price tag. (I take an XXS or an XS — TBH I don’t notice much of a difference?)

RAG & BONE CREW NECK TEE — For a splurge, try this one. The material is silky (and stretchy) in a way that looks almost professional and style has a seam down the middle of the back that somehow elevates the entire effect. (I bought this in an XXS but wish I’d taken an XS — it’s just a tiny bit too snug for my taste.)

LESET MARGO TEE — This is a style currently in my cart. I have been hearing such good things about this $70 tee as a solid investment.

UNIQLO U-NECK TEE — If Julia Amory and Caitlin Fisher (<<see her in it here) rave about it, you know it must be good. Elle magazine ran a feature on this tee in which the editor commented, “The $15 tee that people always stop me about.” I think it’s the slightly thicker neckline — very chic. A little more interesting than you’re average tee. Did I mention it’s $15?!

ALICE WALK CREW TEE — The shape of this tee is ultra-flattering if you prefer an untucked look. It sort of nips in at the waist and then flares out a bit to cover the hips without appearing to stretch. It drapes so nicely! I love the slightly-longer-than-cap-sleeve length of the sleeve — it hits at a flattering part of my arm. And the material is HEAVEN. This tee is like wearing pajamas all day long. Ultra-soft — buttery soft! — and with just the tiniest hint of, like, sheen? It looks very expensive IRL. (I take an XS.)

AYR FRENCH FRY — I’m new to this brand and now I’m wondering what I waited so long for. These have a delightfully stretchy, silky weight that makes them perfect for tucking into high-waisted denim — the Kule is thicker and therefore a bit trickier to tuck for this look. I like the dropped shoulder. A reader asked about the neckline since it looks like it sits a bit higher on the throat than your average tee — I agree that this is the effect but it is not uncomfortable/tight in the least. Honestly I hadn’t noticed this feature until the reader pointed it out! I also ordered one of their short-sleeved Sno Cone tees — another slam dunk. They market the “Sno Cone” as “the perfect length tee,” and I agree. Easy to tuck in but also looks great untucked with high-waist denim without looking sloppy. The sleeves are pretty boxy on these, but intentionally so.

EVERLANE BOX CUT TEE — I have many of these in short and long-sleeved lengths. These are my go-to for more of a boxy/cropped fit. Inexpensive and well-made. I also find these launder really nicely. (I take an XXS.)

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P.P.P.S. “I must sometimes remind myself to write in soft pencil. Not everything — in fact, only the scarce sacrosanct — deserves copperplate engraving.”

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6 thoughts on “The Layering Tee Edit.

  1. This post made me stop dithering and re-up my Uniqlo U tee shirt collection (before the sell out again!). They really are remarkably well made, the best looking white tee in my collection. Completely agree with you on the JCrew l/s tee, after reaching for it over and over last winter, I stocked up during a summer sale and I’m looking forward to cooler temps to enjoy them.

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