THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE T-SHIRT
Style Cliff Notes
Extended Style Notes: Finding the Perfect White Tee
For me, finding a good fitting T-shirt can be just as challenging and time consuming as finding the perfect pair of jeans, which is kind of crazy since both are staple items in almost everyone’s closet. While I usually focus on covering trends on my blog, I decided to mix things up and write about wardrobe staples. This is the first post of the series, which will be spread out over this year. In this post, I’m sharing my tips for finding t-shirts that work for the Pear body type. There are three key aspects I evaluate when looking for t-shirts: neckline, fit, and fabric. In general, these features are a good place to start, but at the end of the day, it always comes down to trying on different styles from different retailer since relatively few brands are sized the same way.
V-neck - As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, this is my personal go-to neckline because I find it complements my body type well. Since my bust is smaller relative to my hips, the v-neckline helps to accentuate what I do have. The best v-neck tee I’ve found is from Uniqlo, which I’m wearing in the photos at the beginning.
Crew - While I talk about v-necks endlessly, it doesn’t mean that if you’re pear-shaped that you can’t pull off a crew neck shirt. However, I think it’s slightly more challenging to find options off the rack that fit my body well. It's important to pay attention to the proportions of the shirt since there's a chance that once you find a shirt that fits well through the hips, it will be too big in the bust area. When it comes to crew neck tees, I’m almost always buy fitted ones because they hug my curves. My favorite crew tee of the moment is the one from H&M basic below.
Scoop - This is another great neckline for pears even though I don’t mention it often on my blog. Similar to v-necks, it helps to balance out the proportions of a pear-shaped body as our upper half is smaller relative to our bottom half. The scoop neck tee from Old Navy’s Luxe line is a solid option.
Slim - Generally, I opt for slim fit tees because I find it more difficult to shop for oversized ones with my body type. When you’re shopping for a fitted t-shirt, I recommend looking for one that falls about 1-2 inches below your pants waistband (depending on your preference). If you’re shopping online, check out the size chart or product description to see if the Center Front measurement is 22’’ - 24’’. This is a good length range to look for if you’re petite or have a shorter torso. (You might be wondering - what is the Center Front measurement? It’s the length measured from the bottom of the neckline to the front hem of shirt.)
Oversized - If you’re shopping for an oversized t-shirt, the most important thing look for is one that fits comfortably around your hips (despite the longer length) and is not too baggy in the bust. This is the most common issue I run into when shopping for oversized tees. When I went shopping at Old Navy earlier this week, they had some nice oversized tee options from their Luxe and EveryWear lines. Overall, I was happy with the fit of their tees because they weren’t too clingy around the hips. (Another feature I like to look for in oversized tees are side slits at them hem. If you have curvy hips like me, this gives your hips a little breathing room and prevents the hem from feeling too tight around the hips. You can check out my earlier post about a Forever 21 tee with this feature.
Cotton - If you’re looking for a fabric that will keep you cool during the summer, then cotton is a great option. It’s very breathable and light since it’s natural fiber.
Viscose - Looking for a tee that feels super soft? Try one that uses viscose because this fabric is super comfortable.
Linen - I’ve noticed J.Crew selling t-shirts made from linen this year. While not my favorite fabric from a feel perspective, it does have a cool texture if that’s a feature you’re looking for.
Where to find t-shirts in petite sizes?