We’ve been talking a lot about wardrobe planning and BASICS on Instagram and in the Sew Altered Style Society Facebook group lately. One of the ways I go about planning my wardrobe is to sit down with Pinterest and pin away! In fact, I started going through the process that Elena outlined on Randomly Happy. First I have a general board and I go crazy pinning to that board. Anything and everything that strikes my fancy goes there.
Then I have two more focused boards — one for casual wear and one for office wear. On those boards I pin only the images that I (1) love, and (2) can actually see myself wearing. For example, I love the look of big scarves, but in practice they drive me absolutely bonkers. So you won’t see any big scarves on my focused boards — I can’t see myself actually wearing them.
One thing you will see a lot — particularly on my casual wear board — is striped t-shirts. But you know where you wouldn’t find one? In my closet!
So I set about to remedy that and try out the new Union Street Tee (aff) from our January/February sponsor Hey June (aff) at the same time!
And I am so glad I did! Not only do I love how the pattern fits, but it’s a great not-quite-neutral that nicely rounds out my wardrobe. I’m very much a t-shirt-and-jeans gal on the weekends, but I like wearing t-shirts that are a little more stylish than your basic graphic tee. This is undoubtedly one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe!
For the weekend
Admittedly, this is how I wear this tee most often — simple and straightforward. I like that a striped tee ups my t-shirt-and-jeans game just a little bit.
Not a lot of styling, just comfy shoes and a sensible bag. Now that I don’t have to carry my whole house in my bag (yay for school age kids!), I have discovered the joys of the crossbody bag. I can fit what I need in it — not much, just my money, phone and some chap stick — with room for a few granola bars just in case. And I don’t have to worry about it falling off my shoulder.
This particular crossbody bag is from Zulily, but I don’t love it. I have since acquired this one from Fossil that I do love, though 🙂
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For the office
A simple not-so-neutral t-shirt is also great for office wear. The Union Street is on the looser side, so for this look I tied a knot in the tee and paired it with a slim pencil skirt. Heels complete the outfit (if only you could see them!).
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For Girls Night Out
And you can’t beat a t-shirt for girls night out. My girls nights out don’t involve bars or clubs anymore — at most dinner or a movie, but more likely multiple bottles of wine at the home of whoever couldn’t find a babysitter!
For this look, I went with skinny jeans and my new favorite blazer.
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What’s your favorite not-so-neutral basic?