My first memorable experience of a white tee shirt involved my grade eight band teacher. I didn't think much of the white tee; I thought of it as gross gym wear, dad clothes and just generally something lazy plain people wore.
My band teacher, Mr. Redford, wore a white athletic polo tee and tended to have an issue of chronic body odour. My best friend played the clarinet, while I attempted to master the flute. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, we would head to band practice and snag the seats the furthest row back to avoid the stench. One Thursday, the smell was far worse than usual and as he conducted us, every gesture my friends face puffed up from trying to produce enough air to release a face cringing note while also attempting to not breathe in the tainted oxygen. We would gradually move our chairs back inch by inch, as far as possible, until we were against the back wall. Mr. Redford and our classmates would glance in confusion at us as to how/why we ended up back there, as though the smell wasn't affecting them on the same level. Ever since, I've had a negative view on white tee's...pitt stains/sloppy/gym wear. Up until I was a senior in high school when I discovered the likes of the standard 'model off duty' look, I realized they're probably one of the coolest items to have in your closet. Steve McQueen knew this 32 years before my existence. How did I not understand until I was a senior in high school?
Since then, I have been on the hunt for the perfect white tee. It is much harder than you'd think. You want it to sit properly, feel soft and comfortable while not look too sloppy. It is the most versatile piece in your closet; they're the easiest to dress up or down.