Summer’s here and we’re getting sick of heavy fabrics. Cotton and muslin are much better, we say, in providing the cool (both meanings apply) in your daily outfit. For instance, imagine yourself on the sunny Californian coast, a Long Island in hand…dressed in the most cool and breezy Tshirt one can pair with jeans (hey, jeans are beach apparel here;). Now, luckily, we at Denimio can read minds- here is the perfect guide to your must-have summer Ts, and be warned, they’re HOT HOT HOT!
The Simple White Ts
Sometimes, we lean toward the tagline” Less is More.” (To be honest, this happens on my lazier days.) What could go wrong, when you KNOW that your jeans are the total highlight of the show? Simple, easy, and effective, just a simple and nice Tshirt can direct everyone’s’ gaze to your new Tanukis, without having to go to the whole “I’m bending down in a weird way so my back pocket would show up in your face way” saga. So what’s the secret to choosing the perfect white? First of all, the fabric. Softer fabrics may be more comfortable to wear, but choosing ones that slouch down (let’s say silk) are a bad addition to your frame, giving off a ragged look. Those that can stand straight and be pressed neatly to your shoulder line will be the best- even a cheap Tshirt, if fitted well, can have a huge impact. Another detail is the “whiteness”. (We know, this sounds like something your girlfriend would say). But it’s true! “Creamy white” (like the one below from Burgus Plus ) goes well with the jeans that have bluer/more indigo tones, while the “blank white” (that’s the fancy name for pure, as-white-as-paper color- see Studio D’Artisan below) shocks the grey hues of darker jeans.
This is the one treasure that I’m actually reluctant to give away…but oh well. Behold, the indigo loopwheeled tees of Studio D’Artisan! If you didn’t know much about this technique before, you will now. Loopwheeled clothes are the top-notch fabric for menswear, and while they’re popular everywhere, you can only find a few that comes from the real vintage factories and machineries- which are only based in Japan and Germany. This is where the magic lies- for the real loopwheel feel, which is extremely soft and comfortable due to the sluggish pace at which they’re woven, one MUST try a authentic loopwheel Tshirt (beware, a lot of the imposters out there are merely tube-knitted, which is an alternative to loopwheel but can prove to be drastically different as time goes on.) These two pieces are actually highly sought after in major Loopwheel fields (hey, you’re a multitasker. Just call yourself the Yoda of denim and loopwheel.), so let’s just quietly sneak these into the cart….
Prints of Personality
Hey, you’re an interesting person. You’re a walking encyclopedia for denim, love dogs, use French aftershave and perhaps indulge in an avocado toast from time to time. What’s to stop you from shouting out your thoughts? Invest in a Tshirt that mirrors the ideas or pictures you have on your mind today. Check out the colors as well- you don’t want to be the monotone of the party! Pink is actually a very flattering color for men as it brings out the deep red skin undertones. Yellow or brown can make you look more tan, and blue…well, let’s just say they go perfect with jeans. These tops are the perfect way to contrast a pair of simple/straight legged jeans (and a straw hat, if summer vacations are your thing.)
Zimbabwe cotton- the ancient white gold that has so fueled the basics for raw selvedge denim. Hardened by the harsh African sun, this results in long, hard spools of thread that from the perfect mix for clothes. Added on with the hand-picked quality of the crops, this results in much better usage of the whole batch- it is easy to eliminate unfit cotton in the early process of harvesting. And of course, it’s all organic! Now to the benefits: Zimbabwe cotton is cool and sturdy, to say the least. We get great fits when the Tshirts are made with harder thread- it sticks to your body’s silhouette and perfects the cross between casual and edgy. What we must also stress is that this is a Tshirt emblazoned with the Momotaro mark- a high quality brand on a high quality tee. (Also, who doesn’t like a pair? Wear this with your Momotaro jeans and you’ll feel well-coordinated without even having to take 10 minutes to figure out the suitable top for the day…)
Let’s be clear- when we say heavy, this is not in the sense of “heavy” weight of “heavy looks”. We mean sturdier and better quality fabric, the kind where you stroke it and you’ll nod your head in approval because you can actually feel the gauges and delicate but strong weaves in the pattern. Different knits provide different textures and looks, so while you may only prefer simple cotton tees, the groove and feel of a high quality cloth will lure you away forever from those H&M lightweights. (Anyway, why would you make the effort to buy those raw denim jeans if only to ultimately pair them with a nondescript top? A heinous crime, that.) These Ts featured are all made with super hard inlay, a special technique to lessen the “sticky” feel of Ts and give you an all-around airy experience- a feeling you’ll never want to forget.
There you have it. Our picks for the summer, and some cool tips on those Ts too (so you can again wow people with your knowledge:). If you’ve still got cravings though, check out our whole summer collection and prepare to browse and shop for a long, long, time….