Essentials, Journal

Black T-Shirts

I try to keep my style simple. Solid colors, mostly. I don’t have a problem with stripes or primary colors, but I typically try to cull my wardrobe down to what is absolutely necessary.

Thus, black t-shirts are a staple of my wardrobe. I throw one on at night after work and wear one out and about on the weekends. It’s a simple choice, and one that I think looks pretty good.

I wouldn’t say I value variety in clothing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate having choices or fashion. As I write this, I’m wearing a t-shirt I bought on a work trip to Berkeley. It’s yellow, and there’s a navy bear on it. I don’t feel the need for a significant number of novelty tees, but I will buy one from time to time.

Besides black t-shirts, I have a couple of navy ones and occasionally one that’s charcoal gray. Maybe that’s boring. But to me, it’s just simple.

If I’m perfectly honest, I don’t have that many opportunities to wear t-shirts. I can’t wear them to work, and I rarely wear them out at night. So, I just don’t need that many.

The white t-shirt used to be considered classic: think Paul Newman, James Dean, or Marlon Brando. But I think the black t-shirt is the new classic. If that’s like saying black is the new black, then that’s what I’m saying. (Although after taking a look at images of those actors, I’m thinking of buying a few white tees.)

I wear my black t-shirts with dark jeans and black boots. Sometimes I’ll even put on a pair of sunglasses. It’s not extravagant. And it’s not supposed to be.

photo: Štefan Štefančík

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Chapel Hill, NC. His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten novels and is the author of several children's books. You can learn more about him at or by sending an email to