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."


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 from pounds 15


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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