Four Men Who Made The White T-Shirt Look Anything But Plain

1 week agoWords by Mr Mansel Fletcher

Mr Alain Delon (left) and Mr Luchino Visconti at Cannes Film Festival, 1963. Photograph by Mondadori/Getty Images

How do you stand out in a fashion landscape that’s drowning in logos, patterns and motifs? Buy something covered in Cyrillic script? Attach costume jewels to your sneakers? Cut up your clothes and clumsily sew them back together? These are all excellent ideas, well executed by some of our favourite designers, but while they may turn up the style volume, they don’t cut through the noise. To transcend in the current moment a man must rediscover the power of simplicity, and there’s no better expression of this than a white T-shirt.

white tee is a blank canvas. Deployed well, it can express a variety of attitudes, and many different styles. There’s a white tee for the gym, a white tee for yardwork, a white tee for the weekend and a white tee for a dinner date; to be clear that’s four different T-shirts, and each one will have different properties. However, they’ll all seem like a breath of fresh air in these maximalist days. If you need more convincing, take inspiration from four men who wore them well, from American painter and sculptor Mr Frank Stella to French film star Mr Alain Delon. Even though they’re all ostensibly wearing the same garment, each of them makes a different impression by wearing his T-shirt in his own unique way.

Mr Steve McQueen in London, 1963. Photograph by Mr Michel Descamps/Paris Match via Getty Images