I have had a long and torrid love affair with tee shirts. Everyday wear as a kid; worn like a badge in middle school; avoided like the plague in high school; obsessed over as a statement in college; shoved in storage in my early 20s and now I am once again falling back in love. Sometimes I wear tees on the weekend while running errands but mostly they are my go-to lounging around wear.
That said it’s almost embarrassing how many tees I own. Probably 30. Most of them are college leftovers where the sentimental value far exceeds the actual value. Were this an episode of “Clean Sweep” Peter Walsh would be telling me to let go of the past while Eric Stromer would be covered in my drool…where was I? Oh right, tees.
Mindlessly stumbling around the Martin + Osa site, I happened upon the Graphic Butterfly tee ($30, photo at top of post). It has an Anthropologiesque quality to it, no? A dreamy, floaty quality like something out of the Cavallini & Co. botanicals calendar. Too bad the model’s right arm has been Photoshopped so badly her hands look gorillalike. Martin + Osa (by the way) is where American Eagle connoseuirs go when their days of stringy halters and one-shoulder tops are over. AE occasionally has a touch of whimsy as well. Take the Rose Leather Belt, my favorite piece from last fall. Much as I try to deny it my days at AE are numbered — the staff is younger than I am. So to find this young and effortless tee at Martin + Osa was a nice surprise.
They have one other tee in the same vein. The oh-so-creatively named Graphic V-Neck tee ($35) looks a bit paint-stained but I like the botanical reverse print. This other version of the tee ($35) might be cute…if the model would just finish turning around I might be able to see what the print is.
Browsing around this site illustrates the difference between a Martin + Osa, whose site is clearly designed not for e-commerce but to drive store traffic and Anthro’s site, whose design continues to impress me. I do wish Anthropologie had static product images in addition to the flash for easy Polyvoring but it’s a quibble. When I get sick of plain-named tees and need a touch of the fantastical in my life we both know to which site I go.