Love Aesthetics

April 17, 2014


love aesthetics white tee 00

love aesthetics white tee 0

tee 1 / made by me
tee 2 / Hema
tee 3 / T- By Alexander Wang
tee 4 / COS
more on selected

There are a lot of ‘it-bags’, there are a lot of ‘statement shoes’, there are a lot of trends, there are a lot of ‘editor’s picks’ and a lot of ‘seasonal must haves’. And then there are the clichés that are connected to clothes; the business suit, the mom jeans, the all black attire of an artist, enforcing stereotypes, which help society judge us and put us in a box. And even if you’re trying to not participate in all this, you’re now put in a new box and labelled part of the normcore youth.

There is only one piece of clothing in which I can be free from all labels and connotations and be nothing more and nothing less than only myself. A garment that is not connected to social class or culture yet is always appropriate. Both Anna Wintour and her janitor can wear it to work. A blank canvas, a clean slate. Without print, without meaning. The only true timeless piece; you can not tell if it is vintage 1980 or next season’s collection. I love it for its blandness and anonymity, its agelessness and sexlessness. The essential, the archetype; the white t-shirt is my liberation.


  1. maria says:

    love a white tee! actually wearing one right now. and love what you wrote about it.


  2. Stefan says:

    a white tee is the essential! perfect pictures.


  3. Lauren says:

    such perfect pictures and white tees!

  4. DANI says:

    But of course there is the ‘holier-than-thou I only wear white-fashion person’ that is you;)

  5. ivaniacarpio says:

    Holier than thou? – why would you assume I’m always well-behaved? 😉

  6. STYLONYM says:

    Never thought about it like that, but I sure agree..!


  7. Sarah says:

    The white tee is both quiet, and loud. I love your collection of them.

  8. Eva says:

    THE white t-shirt, best invention ever! xx

  9. Stephanie says:

    Such a truth. Your collection is awesome as well

  10. Bike Pretty says:

    UNPOPULAR OPINION: white t-shirts make me look terrible. I feel like any fashion editor worth her salt writes a similar love letter to this egalitarian garment. And for years I internalized that POV.

    But it was such a relief when I realized that they don’t work for me. I haven’t owned one for over ten years. But because I went to a quite serious Fashion School, I did have to write a term paper on the history of the white tee.

    My favorite anecdote is how in the 1930’s, Clark Gable caused the bottom to drop out in the t-shirt market (strictly considered underwear at the time) by removing his dress shirt and revealing his bare chest in the movie “It Happened One Night.” All of a sudden men all over America started going “commando” under their button-downs.

    Our current t-shirt craze has roots in the post-war era when American GIs were stationed all over Europe. Of course the indelible images of James Dean and Marlon Brando didn’t hurt, but the US Army is what literally brought this style to the international masses.

  11. Faustyna says:

    I totally agree with you. 🙂

  12. Portia says:

    I completely agree with you. I love how the white tee can reinvent itself in so many forms depending on cut and fabric. The tee you made yourself is especially beautiful!

  13. K A R L says:

    i get the same feeling of liberation as well.. ughh.. yes anna wintour and her janitor can cop this. no label label is the future/.

  14. Anna says:

    I love this post! Would it be possible to post the pattern you used to make that shirt? It’s perfect!

  15. ivaniacarpio says:

    Hi Anna, Thank you so much, happy to hear you like the leather shirt. It is actually a mini leather tee that I made for my daughter (note the difference in size, the one that is hanging beside it is actually a cropped tee for me) I sketched the pattern directly on the leather according to her little measurements, so unfortunately I don’t have a pattern for it


  16. Nina says:

    Love those hangers! Where can I find those?

  17. Briana says:

    I love white tshirts

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  21. annie says:

    I do agree Ivania, I am the black version of you.
    people keep telling me I wear too much black everyday, i should try something different, maybe colorful or with prints.. But then I realize every morning that my black skinnies are timeless and my black blouse is elegant… Plus I’m blonde with green eyes, these are the only colours I need on. I want to be recognized for my character, not from my Moschino skirt.

    (ps: I personally find white t-shirt very sexy)
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  23. Lisa says:

    Nice article! A white T-shirt is one of the most basic, timeless, and staple fashion piece. White T-shirts will pair perfectly with everything in your closet.

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