How many times have you heard people say that when they found true love they just knew. When I think about my friends who have the real deal in the love department, they usually tell me that when they first met their partner they thought he was a nice guy but nothing more. He got relegated to the "just friends" category and it was only as time went on that they started to feel differently. For some reason I can't help but ponder this reasoning in my never-ending quest to find the perfect white tee.
The Bad Boy Leaves His Mark
On some level I've never gotten over the demise of my favorite Morphine Generation paper thin white tee that had unobtrusive hand scribbling on the front that said "Protect me from the things I want," black stitching on the sides and pretty pastel flowers to soften the blow of the words. It was a counter-culture love affair with the cool guy who drinks and lives too hard and rides a bad-ass bike; dark, smoky...wonderful. The kind of tattoed tee you don't bring home to meet your parents. Friends would say it's "so not you," but I didn't care, it made me happy. And when it fell apart, quite literally at the seams, with small tears in the fabric of the relationship, it was hard to move on. A part of my soul will never be the same.
Then along came a simple white tee from the Gap. At first I didn't think much of it, but all my friends admired it so. They seemed to think its very lack of provenance was charming. To be honest, this tee was easy to be with. It went with everything and dressed up nice when it had to. Suddenly it dawned on me that I had a good thing going. And just when I relaxed and started to enjoy the relationship, my world came crashing down. Somehow in the time it took me to recognize the real deal, my beloved began to let itself go, as married men often do. It lost interest in being in my world, its shape got paunchy and that yellowish color(!) How could it stop brushing it's teeth? I thought I would love it like forever but it was simply not meant to be.
When Opposites Don't Attract
Some women look for the exact opposite after a relationship ends and I easily fell into that trap. An oversized Velvet for Calypso St. Barth white tee with a lace insert and 3/4 sleeves came on strong. Not really my style, but in a rush to get back in the mix I agreed and it's hanging shamefully in my closet, unworn.
Would You Date A Metrosexual?
Usually I don't like tees who take more time to get ready in the morning than me. But in the spirit of open-mindedness I decided to try an Elizabeth And James white tee with a silk chiffon ruffle. I'm thinking it's a bit too fancy for my taste. Maybe it will grow on me but I have my doubts.
Better On Paper
To balance things out I tried out a J. Crew tee. I've heard people sing their praises, but for me it turned out to be one of those sounds-better-on-paper-than-real-life kind of dates.
And just when I wasn't looking, I crossed paths with a plain but thin cotton tee at Zara. It was only after I got it home that I discovered it's organic cotton--kind of like finding out your love interest can speak four languages and is a great cook. I'm thinking this might be the one...
Have you found the perfect white tee for summer? If so I want to hear about it!