While everyone loves to ogle at street style galleries showcasing the fashion industry illuminati flexing in impeccable outfits, it can get a bit demoralizing seeing your favorite influencers dressed in beautiful but exorbitantly expensive gear. With that in mind, we continue our Affordable Alternatives series giving our fellow Highsnobs insider tips on where to find razor-sharp merchandise at a price that won’t break the bank. We’ve already covered formal footwearsweatpantsall-black sneakersselvedge denim and marble-print, and this week’s installment sees us looking at oversized tees.

One of the key pieces of the recent sportswear-meets-fashion phenomenon is the oversized tee. Once just the reserve of avant-garde designers like Rick Owens and Damir Doma, the elongated tee has seen a huge surge in popularity (most famously appearing in Kanye West’s debut collection for A.P.C.)  and become a streetwear staple, in no part thanks to the new layering options offered from a longer fit and scooped hems. While designer tees often reach eye-watering prices, with Rick Owens’ signature pieces going for up to $400, an influx of affordable versions has meant you can get in on the trend without breaking the bank.

Zanerobe – Tall Tee – $39

A clean, minimal basic – for those who want an understated elongated tee without going for more adventurous styles. Keep things simple and layer it underneath a hoodie or bomber. Shop it here.

Feathers – Long Angled Hem Tee – $28

An interesting take on the elongated tee, Feathers’ asymmetrically-hemmed tee will make for some interesting layering opportunities – also comes in a deep burgundy for those who want to add a splash of color to their monochromatic wardrobe. Get yours here.

ASOS – Super Longline Tee With Side-zip – $34

This one’s more for making a statement than for layering – with an extra-elongated fit combined with some very on-trend side zips, it’s one for those who are going in hard on that drapey Rick Owens vibe. Cop it here.

Topman – Raglan T-Shirt – $45

Combines a long, curved hem with a boxy fit and sportswear-style sleeves, for an athletic take on the tall tee – we’d wear it layered over a long-sleeve to really accentuate those raglan sleeves. Buy it here.

ZARA – Draped Top – $29.90

Now this is for the real brave ones out there – an asymmetrical, super-long tee with a contrast yoke panel might be hitting a lot of buttons at once but it’s a super affordable way of dressing like no other. Cop yours.

Check out the rest of our Affordable Alternatives series here

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin