In my wardrobe there are a handful of black and white blouses and shirts, some printed, very likely, floral tops and then just lots and lots of t-shirts. I once swore to myself I wasn’t trim or taut enough for t-shirts, “only super trim ladies can rock a simple t-shirt and jeans look and make it a vibe”. Now look at me, a self proclaimed avid jeans and a t-shirt wearer, who loves the simplicity and the coolness of jeans and a tee.
Admittedly, not all t-shirts are made equal and details like the neckline, the material, slogan or logo, the hang and the fit all make a difference. That’s why, just like jeans, there is a need to have several different styles of t-shirts in your wardrobe, even if all in the same colour. And fashion would have it that there is a new option for us to consider in our t-shirt collection for 2020, the elevated t-shirt, namely the padded t-shirt.
We’ve seen t-shirts and sweatshirts all over the high street with a puff sleeve, but the padded shoulder feels that bit edgier, it’s certainly sharper and has that added dash of power. Edgy, sharp AND powerful? Isn’t that a combination to love? I don’t associate power with masculinity, but there is definitely something more androgynous, as well as more sultry about the padded shoulder t-shirt.
Along with this new padded t-shirt trend comes padded shoulder shell and tank tops, longer sleeved short sleeve t-shirts with the sleeve finishing just above the elbow as opposed to midway between the shoulder and the elbow, which is great for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable showing the tops of their arms and just adds a more polished look and feel to a typically casual item in our wardrobes.
I can’t tell you how delighted I am that the high street has taken inspiration from the likes of The Frankie Shop and their seriously cool tees, because if there’s one thing I love about a t-shirt, it’s the affordability. A t-shirt north of £50 and things get a little bit difficult for me! The Frankie Shop tees start at around £75 – so I’ll be holding out for the sales if anything, but in the meantime you can admire these beau-tees (!), high street, premium and a little luxury!
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Gold chain from Primark linked similar
Belt from Primark linked similar
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Beaded bag from Zara old