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There are few things in life better than a great T-shirt. Whether it’s the comfy one you sleep in or the vintage one you finally tracked down to wear with your denim jacket, a T-shirt offers something that other shirts cannot: comfort, in all its forms. It’s soothing to both your sense of style and your soul to know there’s a tee that will always come through for you. But a perfect T-shirt? One that looks good and feels good and makes sense in every outfit? I didn’t think it existed.
That is, until I bought my first Rag & Bone classic tee on sale (and with a gift card) a few years ago. As a staunch supporter of T-shirts, I had various options that I liked, sure. Ones that worked with certain pants or layered under certain jackets. But this Rag & Bone tee—the one I bought on a whim—taught me that I didn’t have to just like a T-shirt. I could love one. At $95, it cost more than any shirt (let alone T-shirt) I’d ever owned before. And truthfully, I might’ve never been convinced to spend the money until I wore it. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it. Here’s what makes it perfect.
The quality is impeccable—and it shows.
I largely believe that most T-shirts are fine. There’s nothing wrong with a $20 tee from various direct-to-consumer websites. In fact, they come in handy for more casual situations. But when it comes to a T-shirt that needs to do the job of, well, an actual shirt, it’s all about maintaining the integrity of the fit and feel. Those $20 tees generally look fine for a few wears, until the hem starts coming undone, the collar starts sagging, or the edges start curling in. Those are the markings of a low-quality tee. Rag & Bone’s tee does no such thing. The one I got two years ago is still in rotation constantly, and it’s none the worse for wear.
You can’t fake fit.
The other part of most T-shirts that makes them fine is their fit. It’s not bad or anything, but it’s not perfect either. But Rag & Bone’s fit actually lays the way you’d want a dress shirt to. Which is to say, it doesn’t feel too baggy or sloppy. It looks tailored, hanging just right above everything from trousers to denim. It’s really the number one thing that makes it stand out amongst all other T-shirts. That fit makes the tee feel intentional and strategically styled, even though all you have to do is pull it on and you’re done.
It goes beyond a T-shirt’s call of duty.
Because of the fit and quality of Rag & Bone’s classic tee, it does more than any old T-shirt does. Sure, you can just throw it on with your favorite jeans and sneakers and call it a day. But you can also play with it—layer it under a suit, tuck it into dress pants, wear it under a Hawaiian. The slightly slubby texture gives it a little more personality, so it contrasts nicely against a denim or leather jacket. Wherever you’d wear any shirt—dress shirts included—you can wear this tee for a pared-down look. Plus, it comes in a range of colors. Start with black, white, or gray, and then build in more seasonal colors for when you start to expand your collection. And trust me: You’re going to want to do just that.