It might seem like the wrong time of year to break out the T-shirts, but actually these cotton tops (formerly undergarments) have (along with jeans) become part of the year-round American uniform. Layer them over long sleeves or under cardigans and jackets for four-season wearability. And with high art worthy of wall hangings as much as clothing, these tees also make great gifts.
• [left] It’s elemental: Fluffy clouds, sun rays and threaded needles on a sky-blue tee. Design by WeSC, $33 at Push Skate Shop (25 Patton Ave., Asheville, 225-5509).
• [right] Patron saint: Locally designed Virgin Mary print on an avocado-green tee. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to charity. $22 at Virtue (58 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-4200).
• [left] The girly-tee re-imagined in orange-on-pink. Design by GRFXSHOP Eco-Tees, $28 at Spiritx.
• [right] This avian-theme design is the most popular seller at Virtue. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to charity. $22.