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In Defense Of The Simplicity Of A T-shirt Dress

an essay by Nia Porter

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Until recently, getting dressed during those tricky first days of spring was one of my biggest sources of morning anxiety—right up there with my slog of a New York City commute and the realization that I have, yet again, run out of fresh coffee beans. How does one dress for weather that is perhaps too warm for a cozy coat, yet too cool for a breezy tank top?

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After years of trying to perfect the ultimate throw-on-and-go look, it finally hit me. The answer to my spring wardrobe woes happened to be the layering hero of my closet, the transitional piece to end all transitional pieces: the humble t-shirt dress.

Before you brush off this everyday staple as boring, hear me out. The genius of a T-shirt dress lies in its simplicity. Just slip one on, no buttons or zippers to fuss over, and you’re that much closer to avoiding a mini morning meltdown. Easily layer it under a leather or denim jacket and you’re cracking the code of cool girl insouciance without so much as breaking a mental sweat. Bonus points if you add in a couple of statement-making accessories.

Thanks to my trusty essential, I plan on spending less time stressed about getting ready every morning and more time focused on the stuff that truly matters. You know, like why, for the life of me, I can’t ever remember to bring home more fresh coffee beans.

Take it easy like Nia—nab your own T-shirt dress here.

Nia Porter is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.