Earnest Grey Tee

Earnest Grey Tee

Even at the most mundane of times – i.e. sorting out my dirty laundry – the mind wanders to the blog.  I put this ye olde vintage NY Mets tee in the wash for must have been 1000th time and literally had a mental jog where I thought "What the heck?!  I haven't actually ever stated that this is the ONE item in my wardrobe that I would save on my blog."  Yes, and I also literally slapped my forehead in comic fashion whilst saying retro mint gems like "What the heck!". 

I've answered the ol' "What would you save in a fire?" question so many times for other people but I guess I haven't had the time to take a breather and state the obvious here.  I answer it with the greatest degree of truth and have no shame in saying that my most prized wardrobe posession is essentially a grotty grey tee that has seen better days. 

It was a torrent of humidity in New York that led me to going into vintage store X in Greenwich Village sometime back when I was 18 and trekking around NYC by myself in a bid to escape another essay on British-French relations in the 18th century.  I know nothing about the NY Mets or baseball for that matter but picked up this tee for $5.  Something about the length, the particular blend of grey cotton jersey, the stretched neckline and cap sleeves means I've worn this on every occasion I could possibly get it in there.

With a cheap vintage lace slip skirt, some ballet pumps, I'd be off into the night ending up watching the sun rise at Trafalgar Square.  Turned inside out and worn under a spangly prom dress, the spangliness is toned down and there's no need for that awkward boob pull-up action (you'll know that hand manouvre if you've worn strapless dresses before).  One shoulder slips down and with a head tilt, and it's also a fairly trusty dating tee (not that I date anymore…).  And it goes without saying that it's vegging out material of course.  In fact, I'm sitting here wearing it right now watching a sorry Arsenal side losing miserably.


It was the intial fuel that sparked the quest for other tees of the grey jersey ilk – a fairly old Bernhard Willhelm padded "Sheriff" tee and a recent Marc by Marc Jacobs addition.

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Whilst I'm in fear of overwashing my dearly beloved tee (Do tees fall apart?  Or is that just a rumour people like to spread about H&M clothes…), I'm getting some wear out of this COS short sleeved sweatshirt that belongs to the boyf.  He layers it over tees and I bung it over dresses.  I may just be ever so slightly missing the days when I naively thought a bit of loose grey cotton was a flirty option.



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  1. twentythirtyforty.net

    2009-05-05 at 10:01 PM

    I so get where you’re coming from. And that truly is the perfect grey tee — the neckline, the sleeves, the length. I just love something that you can wear on the couch or on the town. That’s a good tee.

  2. cat

    2009-05-05 at 10:09 PM

    I’m from NYC and I am a Mets fan. I find it very annoying when people wear logo shirts, especially of sports teams they know NOTHING about. Why buy it the first place? It’s just a little ignorant

  3. sonia

    2009-05-05 at 10:11 PM

    susie, the disappearance of your left hand is terrifying in the third picture! love the tees though

  4. diane

    2009-05-05 at 10:12 PM

    My soft cotton tees (and tanks) are my favorite things, for layering, solo, sleeping, what-have-you. I’m glad to see you highlight their importance as a wardrobe staple. xo

  5. philo

    2009-05-05 at 10:16 PM

    cheer up cat, it’s a sports shirt. can’t you be glad your team has style?

  6. Brigadeiro

    2009-05-05 at 10:56 PM

    Oh, how I LOVE grey marle tees, and all the above, especially the padded tee & the COS tee (oh, how I wish they had an online store!!!) 🙂

  7. Sister Wolf

    2009-05-05 at 11:29 PM

    I’m with Sonia. The arm thing scared the shit out of me! Thank god it’s just an illusion! (although you still looked cute with one arm)

  8. cassiopeia

    2009-05-06 at 12:25 AM

    hehe so feel your love for grey cotton 😀 gorgeous! having clothes like that is just immense for the days when nothing else seems to work… the willhelm tee is AMAZING too!

  9. Lyn

    2009-05-06 at 12:34 AM

    Are you an Arsenal fan? I am. and I am crushed. CRUSHED. But not too surprised. And crushed that I am not surprised we lost.
    I love gray teeshirts. It’s a more stain-resistant version of my love affair with white tees!

  10. LBJ

    2009-05-06 at 1:08 AM

    As I sit here and watch the Mets win 2-0 against the Atlanta Braves, I can’t help but think: THAT IS AN AMAZING SHIRT.
    I love the fact that you would save your Mets t-shirt. I would save my Wright jersey.
    I have no problem with you wearing the shirt when you’re not really fan, mostly because I’m just happy when I see Mets apparel being worn.

  11. Style Scientist

    2009-05-06 at 1:17 AM

    I especially love the padded Sheriff T. It’s so cute!
    You know there’s something about heather grey color. It warms your heart.

  12. emily

    2009-05-06 at 1:26 AM

    I hate to be the one bringing bad news, but YES, unfortunately, shirts will fall apart in the wash. One of my favorite tees ever disintegrated in my washing machine after being loved to death. It was probably one of the saddest things I’ve had to do- picking the shreds of my beloved t-shirt from the washing machine.

  13. fashion tidbits

    2009-05-06 at 2:24 AM

    i just saw you on Jak and Jil. you look adorable in that boater hat Susie!!!!! 🙂

  14. Christine

    2009-05-06 at 2:51 AM

    How funny is it that I too am wearing my favourite gray t-shirt as I read this post??
    You looked great on Jak and Jil, by the way!

  15. tanya

    2009-05-06 at 4:02 AM

    argh please dont talk about that arsenal match! im already getting enough of it from my brother at the moment who’s moping around the house and snapping at anything that moves…probably not the best time to tell him that ive highjacked his library card and used up most if his credit on it for my own printing purposes…
    ps. your images are looking a bit different these days. kind of sharper and clearer…? props to steve/your camera but i still relish the days of vintage-photos in the mirror-stylebubble 🙂

  16. Annie Spandex

    2009-05-06 at 5:58 AM

    I would nab that sweatshirt too. Heather gray is like a magnet for me. I have soo many gray tank tops, it’s almost ridiculous 🙂

  17. eli

    2009-05-06 at 6:01 AM

    this post is right up my alley! looooooooooove the grey

  18. Fajr/ Stylish Thought

    2009-05-06 at 1:02 PM

    Vintage tee-shirts are the best… they’re already pre-loved. Grey Jersey looks nice on you

  19. Winnie

    2009-05-06 at 7:07 PM

    It’s funny because one of the things that I constantly turn to for layering is also a grey tee (with ever so slight leopard print detail) that I bought for like ¬£3 in Miss Selfridge. Goes to show that some of our favourite items are the cheapest and also, random buys!

  20. Cammila

    2009-05-06 at 7:31 PM

    I have to commend you for sorting through the haze of affection and nostalgia surrounding your Mets tee (not undeservedly) enough to realize that so much of its value doesn’t just come from the magic factor. I have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees that way. I’d bemoaned the inevitable disintegration of my vintage Cyndi Lauper tee a zillion times before I realized that the magic of its wearability wasn’t completely irreplaceable — it’s a thin, loose-fitting white tee for chrissake, I can find more!

  21. Olga

    2009-05-06 at 7:45 PM

    Hi there! great blog Susie, you are an inspiration to so many people now and with that style of yours this is a huge positive influence on the mankind! 🙂

  22. fuckface

    2009-05-07 at 6:07 PM

    you’re a total looser, and butt ugly

  23. the Six Six Sick Girls

    2009-05-08 at 12:30 AM

    This is such a sweet post. I love that a modest Mets tee has such a high place in your immensely covetable wardrobe.

  24. tanya

    2009-05-08 at 12:58 AM

    what the heck? i just read what you said on twitter about the above commenter (not Tiffany) and you really shouldn’t let people like that get to you. i know that’s easier said than done, but i actually pity people that have to bring down someone as intelligent, funny, guileless, creative, beautiful, (i could go on and on with the adjectives but im sure anyone that knows you could tell you what an amazing person you are) as you just to feel better about themselves.
    imagine how unhappy their own life must be, that they have to resort to anonymously insulting someone over the internet to get some semblance of happiness in their own gloomy life.
    so really, i hope you’re not taking it too hard and that we’ll be seeing that brilliant smile of yours again sometime soon 🙂

  25. evie

    2009-05-19 at 2:05 AM

    there’s something about grey tees that i can never quite put my finger on. the love for all grey tees started about when i was 15 and “borrowed” one from my mum’s wardrobe. i’ve been on the hunt for more of such grey tees since…

  26. girls flirting tips

    2010-04-21 at 7:20 AM

    Evie, honestly I’ve never seen the appeal. To me, they’re too bland…although really dark ones with some nice print on them can look pretty nice!

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