The Item I Wear to Death: My Everlane T-Shirt

The white t-shirt: It sounds so simple, and yet finding the perfect one is so hard. Everlane, which prides itself on being ethical and eco-friendly, makes an incredibly well-crafted tee that’s adaptable and high quality. I'm in love with it.

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In our biweekly series, our editors will be sharing "the one item they wear to death," whether it be a basic white tee or a super-trendy jumpsuit. Prepare yourself (and your credit card) for some guilt-free shopping.

I live in Boston, or as I like to call it, the Icy Frozen Tundra™. We JUST dealt with a polar vortex, and I’m convinced we haven’t seen the last of the snow this season. So why, you may ask, am I giving you a recommendation for a t-shirt?

A couple reasons, really. I love Everlane with a deep, abiding passion. I love that they practice ethical manufacturing (no, really, you can look inside their factories). I love their transparency; they don’t have sales because the prices aren’t falsely hiked up. I love that they try to be eco-friendly. I love them so much that I own…*does a quick mental calculation* items from AT LEAST seven categories on their website.

The next reason is that, whether it be -14° or 90°, layering is key. This tee goes under—and over—all kinds of outfits with ease, because it’s well-constructed and loose-fitting without being overwhelming, boxy, or unflattering. If you happen to like a more fitted look, you can size down.

Thirdly, it’s incredibly adaptable. It’s easy to throw on for casual coffee.

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It’s good for looking chic while sightseeing and on day trips.

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It’s a must for vacation. I can knot the shirt if I need to shorten it. (Fun fact: That’s actually a dress layered underneath, not a skirt.)

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And I can dress it up on a night out with friends—paired with coated skinnies and heels.

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As you can see, I own said tee in three colors: light pink, white, and black. My pink one doesn’t have that little pocket square that the other two do, but I love both styles. It’s 100-percent cotton, which means I might have to iron out a few wrinkles, sure, but it also means the shirt is gloriously soft. My wishlist might include the black-and-white striped version and heather gray #sorrynotsorry.

I could write a whole separate piece about how the white one, in particular, is its own kind of perfect. I can’t see my bra underneath it. It’s not too long—and I am teeny of stature (not even 5’2” on my very best day). It’s forgiving: I can eat, move around, raise my arms, AND sit in it, which has to be a modern miracle. It's also a staple for when I need to brave the elements/wait for my Lyft Line to arrive.

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When I transitioned from the fashion of my youth (tight, a lot of poly blend, much too trendy) to the style I have now, I began treating clothes as investments. My New Year's resolution is to practice conscious consumerism, so when I buy something, I want it to last for years. But the great thing about this shirt is that it’s not even that expensive.

And if you buy two or more things on Everlane’s site—which I've done so many times it’s comical—shipping is free.

If I’ve convinced you to hop on the Everlane train, you can get your very own tee, below...

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Everlane The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee, $16


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Katherine J. Igoe
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Katherine’s a contributing syndications editor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle. In her role, she writes stories that are syndicated by MSN and other outlets. She’s been a full-time freelancer for over a decade and has had roles with Cosmopolitan (where she covered lifestyle, culture, and fashion SEO content) and Bustle (where she was their movies and culture writer). She has bylines in New York TimesParentsInStyle, Refinery29, and elsewhere. Her work has also been syndicated by ELLEHarper’s BazaarSeventeenGood Housekeeping, and Women’s Health, among others. In addition to her stories reaching millions of readers, content she's written and edited has qualified for a Bell Ringer Award and received a Communicator Award. 

Katherine has a BA in English and art history from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in art business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art (with a focus on marketing/communications). She covers a wide breadth of topics: she's written about how to find the very best petite jeanshow sustainable travel has found its footing on Instagram, and what it's like to be a professional advice-giver in the modern world. Her personal essays have run the gamut from learning to dress as a queer woman to navigating food allergies as a mom. She also has deep knowledge of SEO/EATT, affiliate revenue, commerce, and social media; she regularly edits the work of other writers. She speaks at writing-related events and podcasts about freelancing and journalism, mentors students and other new writers, and consults on coursework. Currently, Katherine lives in Boston with her husband and two kids, and you can follow her on Instagram. If you're wondering about her last name, it’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.