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If female entrepreneurs have taught me anything, it's that when you can't find what you're looking for, you should create it yourself. 

That's exactly what my friend Carly Walko, a fashion stylist and blogger at Thirty Something Fashion, did when she couldn't find a high-quality, affordable, basic T-shirt in the style and fit she wanted.

In addition to a slimming fit, Carly wanted her T-shirts to be manufactured locally, in buttery soft fabrics, and a charitable component tied to each and every sale. After a year of research, investment, and hard work, all the stars aligned and Thirty Something Tees was born. Here's more on the story behind the brand:

Thirty Something Tees come in two fits designed by Carly in partnership with knitwear company Plume and Thread and made right here in the U.S., Pennsylvania to be exact:

Perfect Tee in Black, White & Gray
Boyfriend Tee in Black & White

For each $48 Thirty Something Tee sold, $1.50 is donated to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Comfort Care for long pediatric stays. 

Here I am wearing the gray Perfect Tee in a Medium:

perfect tee c/o // cabi cardigan & necklace c/o 

perfect tee c/o // cabi cardigan & necklace c/o 

It really is perfect as either a laying piece or stand-alone top. What struck me most when I first opened my Perfect Tee, other than the darling packaging which shows Carly's personal level of involvement, is the quality. The material is super soft but also thick. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to T-shirts is weak stitching with seams that come undone or unravel after a few washings (I'm talking to you, J.Crew). I've been wearing my Perfect Tee for months, which means it's been washed dozens of times, and it looks and feels impeccable. There are no signs of fading or fraying. The Perfect Tee is a slim fit so it works well for both day and night. You may want to try the Boyfriend if you prefer something looser.

I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you this is a basic you must have in your closet, in every color. If you buy only one thing this spring, let it be a Thirty Something Tee. You'll wear it over and over again and look fabulous while doing it!