Chic Fix: Tees Please

Off-duty style is not a new thing, but the search for the ideal pieces to make up an effortless cool outfit reaches utmost importance in the summer months, where 'easy' rules. And nothing says ‘off-duty’ like the perfect t-shirt.

The appeal of the look can be summarised in one word (borrowed from the French, whose laidback confidence has always inspired the Chinti DNA): insouciance. Meaning indifference, or ‘a lack of concern’, it conveys being self-assured in your own personal charms – no frills, or bells and whistles needed.


The off-duty look was inspired by models who dash between runway shows in easy basics that go with everything. But style icons such as Jackie-O and Jane Birkin (below) from the sixties have long-known about the relaxed elegance of the tee.


While those who knock the concept are likely to say they have stacks and stacks of old t-shirts, it's worth noting that all tees are not created equal. Premium off-duty basics are essential no matter age or style, as there are always low-key gaps in everyone's schedule (weekend market trolling, brunch, to-and-fro the gym, the school run) that can be wonderfully elevated by a 'Nice T-Shirt'. (Read: well-cut from high-quality cotton with nice detailing and stylish colours.) Here are some of our favourite Chinti and Parker Ts:


L-R: Rose Silk T, Melon Hello Goodbye T, Stripe T, Budgie Blue Silk T, China Blue Hello Goodbye T, Star Print T, Grey Marl Liberty Printed Pocket T, Navy Printed Pocket T, Navy Star Print T

A nice tee can even bring a cool contemporary feel to on-duty outfits - try tucking a t-shirt into a skirt and top with a blazer for fashion-expert contrast.

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