Basic Essentials: The Striped Tee

A striped tee is a wardrobe essential. Katie from Sew Altered Style shows 3 ways that she styles her favorite handmade tee.

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.

    Basic styling for running around town.

    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.

      I always go with a practical bag on the weekends.

      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 🙂

      Get the look:

      Shirt: Union Street Tee (aff) by Hey June in fabric from So Sew English
      Jeans: Gap
      Bag: Zulily (similar)
      Sunglasses: Toms (similar)

      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!).

        Knotted up with a pencil skirt.


          Get the look:

          Shirt: Union Street Tee (aff) by Hey June in fabric from So Sew English
          Skirt: Modcloth
          Bag: Coach (similar)
          Glasses: David Kind

          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!

            With skinny jeans out on the town.

            For this look, I went with skinny jeans and my new favorite blazer.

              My skinny jeans game is getting a facelift!

              Get the Look:

              Shirt: Union Street Tee (aff) by Hey June in fabric from So Sew English
              Jeans: Banana Republic
              Jacket: Modcloth
              Bag: Coach (similar)
              Shoes: Old Navy 
              Necklace: Stella & Dot

              What’s your favorite not-so-neutral basic?


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