Tee Story

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T-shirts were all I wore when I was in high school. I remember owning one that was given by a cousin who’s a few years older than me. It was blue, which at the time was my favorite color, and bore words by Kahlil Gibran or another author I cannot recall the name of. It was one of my favorite shirts, partly for its sentimental value, but mostly because the print was inspirational — it was like my statement to the world — although I don’t remember what it said anymore.

Another shirt I wore a lot said “I heart bad boys.”

I used to put my heart on my shirt but these days I hardly wear shirts anymore. I don’t go around naked, of course. T-shirts, especially those that have statements on them, have not inhabited my closet in a long time. I don’t recall whether it was a conscious effort or not but when I started working, I stopped wearing t-shirts. My go-to pieces were off-the-shoulder tops, blouses that have different cuts.

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Now that I’m looking after a toddler, though, I long for the comfort of not thinking about what to wear. I still dress up every once in a while, but most days I’d be happy to get out the door wearing my former go-to (signature?) look: a printed tee, flared jeans and a pair of flip-flops. I still want to veer away from statement shirts; I feel like I’m too old to parade my views that way. I haven’t been very successful at increasing my t-shirt number, though. The current count is 1.

But since I’m on a self-imposed minimalist, no-buying-new-things-when-my-current-stash-is-still-good set-up, I figured I’d look for ways to part with used clothes I no longer plan on wearing before buying new shirts. I’ve got my eyes on a few ones I want to score, though. Here they are.

Do you have a favorite shirt?
Have you also had a t-shirt-related cringe-worthy experience?

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Jorj creates and helps shape stories that stick in people's minds, tug at their heartstrings and move them to action. When not trying to make sense of the world through writing, she busies herself with making videos.
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