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Eastlogue: I don’t know how I’d wear it

I’ve been very close to pushing the button on this Eastlogue t-shirt a couple of times. But on each occasion good sense has prevailed. It’s a great piece. Extremely well priced at £60 (20% off over at new kids on the block The 5th during the bank holiday). And the fishtail back is a killer detail.

It’s just that, having given it considerable thought, I don’t know how I’d wear it.

Thing is, I’m not an ‘arms bro’. Even on the hottest days I’ll really only go ‘arms-out’ if lying in the park or on the beach. If I was in a beer garden or walking around town in just a tee, I’d feel nude. I suspect years of layering has done for me. I’m just not comfortable anymore without a light cotton over-shirt or blazer at the bare minimum. Which is fine, I’m fundamentally a creature of the indoors. But it makes a piece like this next to useless. There are three reasons why.

  1. I couldn’t wear a white long-sleeved tee underneath. A white tee over a white tee is 50% too much white tee. The whites wouldn’t quite match and it’d look weird.
  2. I couldn’t wear a navy long-sleeved tee underneath. To me, a dark tee under a light one feels upside-down, not impossible, just a bit not right. Besides the navy would show through the white and look sludgy.
  3. I couldn’t wear a jacket or blazer over the top. You wouldn’t be able to see the fishtail detail which is the entire point of the t-shirt.

I wasn’t lying when I said I’ve given this some thought.

I suppose I could wear a light grey long-sleeved t-shirt underneath. But I don’t like light grey. Especially without a tan. I’d feel washed out  — the precise tone of the inside of a cereal box.

So there you have it. I want to buy this. But I absolutely cannot.

I hope today’s dispatch is more use to you than it is me.

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