better basics from alternative apparel

i’ve become a big fan of alternative apparel lately, and not just because certain other “a********** apparel” shop terrifies me (i’m sorry, but i can’t shop somewhere that sells gold lamé leggings and advertises with borderline kiddie porn.  just can’t.).

but beyond that, i have found almost without exception that alternative’s tees are eminently superior to most i’ve tried.  they use high quality, perfectly drapey fabric and actually pay attention to fit, so the tees are cut to look both slouchy and figure-skimming.  it’s quite impressive, really.

so far, i’m pretty solidly hooked on their v-neck burnout tee, especially in the “echo park” finishes, which are this very cool grey with colored undertones.  it’s exactly what you should be pairing with your boyfriend jeans and over-the-top heels, or stick with a more casual look and pair it with shorts or a relaxed summer skirt.  perfect! (ahem…i do, however, caution against the tank version of this one. that drapey fabric doesn’t play so well on a chest pocket, which ends up slouching in a most unflattering way.)

if you like a little more coverage (the burnout effect leaves you with a thin, semi-sheer tee), their  dean slub crew is another great option, if a bit more on the classic side.  the slub texture keeps it fresh, and it manages to be a heavier weight but still very stylish.  as soon as the weather cools off, i know i’ll be living in this one…and the six other colors i’ll be stocking up on.

even though these are unisex, i ordered my true size – i wanted the look to be slouchy, especially since the fabric’s thin (in the case of the burnout, at least).  plus, i wanted a little margin of error for the shrink factor.  it all worked out beautifully.

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  1. Roxy

    Finally! Someone not on the American apparel bandwagon! The gold lame, neon colours and kiddie porn mystifies me, too. Love love love that burnout tee – I am thinking of it with tailored black shorts and lots of chain necklaces. Hopefully the ship to Canada!

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