When it comes to getting boys to dress for an occasion, unless it’s particularly dressy and can be justified as ‘special’ many boys prefer to wear a t-shirt and jeans to a function. Birthday parties, BBQs, visits to relatives or school trips that don’t require school uniform are occasions when a t-shirt and jeans is perfectly acceptable. T-shirts are wonderful garments; their simple shape means they can be ironed and spruced up with a quick whisk over in no time at all.
T-shirts tend to be made of cotton or cotton mixes more often than not and can be plain or patterned, white or coloured, round-necked or V-necked, short or long sleeved and therefore incredibly versatile. They can be worn on their own, under a sweat top or a hoody, with a waist coat, layered, tucked in or left out over the top of a waistband and still look marvellous as long as they are clean and fresh, which is very easy to do.
In many stores they have mannequins with T-shirts showing how to create a particular look and different ways of wearing the garment. Quite often T-shirts come in double or even triple packs in coordinating or contrasting colours to create a capsule wardrobe, with a well-fitting pair of jeans or shorts, for any boy. At the moment the trend is for slightly over-size, rather than close fitting, T-shirts with roomy sleeves that reach to the elbow.
T-shirts are an affordable way of discovering your style and exploring your identity. They can be experimented with in many ways – the traditional ‘ninja’ headdress of course (there are at least three ways of creating this look with differing nose holes!) – rolling up sleeves to the shoulders for a sporty look, layering a short sleeve T-shirt over a long-sleeved one to create contrast or to coordinate by using complimentary colours or designs. This is also a good technique for disguising a stain or repair on the underneath layer to avoid a mother’s wrath. Slashing and shredding to see if punk chic is your style, customising with appliqué, slogans or photographs to express your creativity and personality or trying techniques like tie-dying if retro hippy is the look you’re trying to achieve can all put your T-shirt to good use and you might be pleased with your results.
Many of these looks exist on the shelves, racks and rails if you want them; T-shirts are so versatile you could be spoilt for choice when it comes to a selection for purchase. T-shirts tend to be offered in small, medium and large sizes or for age groups rather than neck or chest sizes that might be offered for button up shirts with collars and cuffs. Everyone can look like a rock star with a clean pristine white T-shirt paired with black jeans and a pair of shades and with denim blue jeans as a partner and a bandana or neckerchief the look can change to hillbilly rocker, smart, acceptable and inoffensive. Bright neons and acid primaries will get you noticed anywhere and camo style T-shirts go well with cargo pants just as well as jeans.