Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Suit You Down to a T

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Suit You Down to a T

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Some 60,000 are sold at Tesco every week, and the chances are you've got a lot more than one in your wardrobe.

The humble T-shirt is one of fashion's biggest money-spinners. We can't get enough of them, whether it's a pounds 2.99 bargain basement pack or pounds 200 designer version.

You can even unleash your creative genius and customise an old faithful with a pair of scissors and some appliquA flowers or some sequins.

Or if you prefer going back to basics, you can't beat a crisp classic white T-shirt with a pair of your favourite jeans for understated glamour.

But forget minimalism for the moment ( there are some fantastic funky designs flying out of stores, including retro cartoon character Ts like those seen on ex-S Club member Hannah Spearitt, vintage-look T-shirts and designs emblazoned with faces.

At Miss Selfridge, where a black and white "artworked" female face is a best-seller, designers are now working on a range inspired by stars of yesteryear such as Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Twiggy.

"The faces won't actually be theirs," says a spokesman. "It's just the vibe. We're going through our archives and coming up with artwork and graphics that have the feel of particular periods or looks."

RETRO CARTOON

Mickey Mouse is a cartoon face that's been popping up since Kate Moss wore a vintage one last year.

For autumn/winter 2004, the cheeky mouse is back on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalks, worn beneath chic and tailored suits. But if you can't wait, why not get yours now? River Island has a selection of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck T-shirts for pounds 20, while Red Herring at Debenhams has a red Minnie Mouse T-shirt at pounds 16. There's also a wide selection at Moretvicar, priced from pounds 13.95.

For other characters, such as Snoopy and Pink Panther, check out Next and Debenhams. Next has a grey Snoopy T-shirt for pounds 14.99, and Debenhams has a Think Pink Panther T-shirt at pounds 16.

Felix The Cat, Betty Boop and Miffy T-shirts can be found at Kitsch.co.uk from pounds 15

VINTAGE SLOGANS AND LOGOS

Another recurring theme this season has been the vintage motif or slogan, with numbers or cheeky phrases emblazoned on the chest. …

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