Let’s be real. How many times have you peered into your closet and thought, “I have NOTHING to wear!” We’ve all been there–probably more times than we’d like to admit. Over the years, however, as I’ve embraced my personal style and creativity, I’ve learned that taking even the most basic closet staples and pairing them with a statement piece or two can take your wardrobe to a new level and help you reevaluate what makes a killer outfit. And, well, what’s more basic than a white tee?
In the spirit of babes supporting babes, (have you HEARD the new TSwift song?!) fellow blogger Rebecca Giese and I teamed up to capture the versatility of an item e v e r y o n e owns. And other than a new sparkly earring (that only cost $12!), everything featured came straight from our closets, because fashion doesn’t have to be expensive or hard! Check out the looks we put together:
For my take on the basic white tee, I went with a simple, “snappy casual” look that could be worn most anywhere, anytime! If you’ve been in my vicinity within the last few months, you know I am obsessed with these raw, step-hem jeans from Old Navy! They are incredibly soft and stretchy, high waisted, and the fraying at the hem adds a little edginess to an otherwise classic outfit.
To avoid looking entirely too much like James Dean, I added a knot in my tee for a faux-crop feel. Pro Tip: Be sure to size up if you want to knot your tees. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an actual crop! Another favorite I paired with this look are these tan cork mules. They add the perfect amount of height without being uncomfortable, and go with virtually everything! A neutral chunky heel is the perfect way to take a super casual outfit and dress it up just a bit for daytime.
I’m usually not a nautical girl, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw these starfish baubles at Target! They add just the perfect amount of sparkle to an otherwise understated outfit. These little guys inspired me to pull out my vintage consignment clamshell, as well. When you find classic pieces like this one, don’t hesitate to snap them up!
Meet Rebecca! Hailing from more places than I can put my finger on, she landed in Hartsville last October and has embraced our town in more ways than one! Naturally, I was ecstatic to find out I had a blogger bud, and I think our styles mesh so well! Where I am edgy, she is preppy. My type B meets her type A. And she has a background in Bio Tech; you know this girl runs on creative writing! Despite our subtle differences, however, our dreams and goals are oh so similar!
Rebecca paired her white tee with a dainty yet flirty wrap skirt. (Now on sale!) The asymmetrical hem, combined with a delicate dot pattern, is just eye-catching enough to spice up the tee, while leaving room for other fun details!
What says “summer” more than a straw bag with a precious pineapple detail?! Functional, yet stylish, a bag like this one will take you from year to year, so don’t be afraid to invest!
I’m sure you’ve heard that sneakers are no longer just for the gym, and here is your prime example! This white tennis shoe ensures that your dogs wont be barking after a full day of fun, and the floral detail on Rebecca’s pair merge street-style with sweetness.
So next time you’re rummaging through your closet, don’t discount your basics! A little flair, no matter your style, can take an inexpensive staple and turn it into a look that will turn heads! Try it out: use the hashtag #TheHuntForStyle to show me how you style your white tee! You just may be featured on the ‘gram 🙂
To follow all of Rebecca’s fun doings, visit her website at www.Southernspirations.com and her Instagram, @rebeccagiese! In addition to her online presence, you can shop Rebecca’s artwork, re-vamped furniture, and so much more at Fleur De Lis, booth 23, in Hartsville! Our town is lucky to have her and her talents!
We hope you enjoyed this fun duet–drop a comment below and let me know what other collaborations you’d like to see!
Until next time,
Stay stylish and enjoy the hunt!
xo – H