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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Beyond Basic

This time of year, I can easily get caught up buying trendy statement pieces or feminine flowy dresses and completely neglect my need for casual basics.  As I was pulling my spring clothes out of storage last month, I noticed a serious lack of tanks & tees (something my daughter is always urging me to buy more of).  Thankfully, Old Navy has a brand new collection in dozens of colors & shapes with different fabrics & fits, so I went to my local store on a mission to bulk up my t-shirt drawer for the season.  I'm sharing the ones I walked away with, why I think they are essential styles to own & how to layer them with pieces you already have in your closet.  Right now is a great time to stock  up because they are offering 35% off your online order (no code needed)!


A solid crewneck is a true style chameleon - wear it under a blazer with your favorite denim, tuck it into a fancy skirt à la Jenna Lyons or wear it under a cami dress for a cool modern vibe.  If you plan on layering with yours, I recommend sizing down for a fitted look so you don't have bunching issues or visible lumps showing through.  This t-shirt is the perfect weight without being see-through & has just the right amount of stretch.  Other crewnecks I picked up were this swing tee (softest shirt ever!), this muscle tank (recommend sizing down) & this striped tee.

What I'm wearing:


Scoopneck tanks are probably my favorite style to wear this time of year - I love layering them  under lightweight cardigans, jackets & vests.  I actually bought this one in 3 different colors because I loved it so much.  The curved hem & slightly longer length make it ideal for wearing half-tucked or untucked + the drapey fabric makes it ultra-flattering.  It runs true to size, but I chose to size up for a size for looser fit.  Other tanks I bought were this striped racerback & this high-neck style (my daughter also picked out this graphic tank for herself).

What I'm wearing:
Similar Denim Jacket, c/o Old Navy Scoopneck Tank (wearing Small), 
c/o Old Navy Striped Crop Pants (wearing Small), c/o Old Navy Sandals (this year's version here), 
c/o Old Navy Bag (similar), c/o Charming Charlie Bracelets, Madewell Earrings & Ring, Similar Necklace


This pairing is the ultimate laid-back effortless style - a relaxed boyfriend cut and easy linen-blend make this tee weekend-ready.  I added a breezy scarf & paired it with a casual skirt & flat sandals for a comfortable day look.  For all of the boyfriend tees that I tried on, I found that I needed to size down so that the fit wasn't too oversized on me.  I also got two striped shirts in this cut (here & here) because they were B1G1 free!

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Linen-Blend Boyfriend Tee (wearing XS), c/o Old Navy Linen-Blend Skirt (wearing Small), 
c/o Old Navy Scarf (similar here or here), Similar Sandals, c/o Old Navy Tote (similar), 
Madewell Earrings, c/o Charming Charlie Rings (here & here), Similar Bracelets (here & here)

Thank you to Old Navy for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.


1 comment :

Adam Green said...

The blue Tee looks great and quiet comfortable. I prefer wearing sleeve less in summers to make myself more airy.