Styling Your Basic Tee


Lately, Fran and I have been loving Madewell’s comfy v-neck pocket tee (I wish I had one in every color!), and it got me thinking about all the ways a basic t-shirt can be styled. The sky really is the limit with a great tee, but in this case, we kept things simple with the classic dressed up/dressed down contrast.

Blazer and skirt: Gap, Tee: Madewell, Boots: Aldo.

Fran is showing just how versatile her new Gap blazer is with this comfy, but chic dressed up look. She’s also showing that you shouldn’t be afraid to dress up something as effortless as a t-shirt! I could name ten different scenarios where this outfit would be perfect. I especially love the pink on pink.

Scarf: Charming Charlie, Tee: Madewell, Jeans: Banana Republic Petites, Boots: DSW, Bag: Fossil, Bangles: F21, Bracelet: H&M

I love this look because it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be: classic and comfortable. My advice for a look this simple is to let your accessories do the talking!

PS: Can you spy a tiny tot in these pics?

- Aurelia

January 26, 2012 12:00 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Stylishly Comfortable: A Fresh Look at the T-shirt


If you know me, you know I don’t wear t-shirts very often.  To me, the word “t-shirt” is synonymous with “frumpy”.  And frumpy is not frilling.  Even on days when I just want to be comfortable (ok, here’s where I get up on my imaginary soapbox and shout into my imaginary megaphone: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY! Did you get that?  There will be a quiz.). So, the t-shirt doesn’t make much of an appearance in my closet, except in the company of jogging shorts and running shoes; which, as far as I’m concerned, is where t-shirts should stay. 

But.  I was looking around over at Zara, and I came across their collection of t-shirts. I’m thinking these might actually redeem the t-shirt for me. They are fun, flirty, colorful, drapey, and ever-so-frilling. And, for all of the comfort-aholics, just as comfy to wear as the frumpy kind.   Case in point:

the Paint T-shirt
. Divine.

T-Shirt with Shoulder Frill
.  Frilling.

Flower T-Shirt
.  Bold and blooming.

T-Shirt with Flounce Sleeve.

Voluminous T-shirt
.  This silhouette is so forgiving, and so right now

Polka-Dot T-shirt.  Polka Dots aren’t going anywhere soon.

Linen T-shirt
.  Linen (+ Cotton, actually) = love

With all these cute options, what’s not to love about t-shirts?  Ok, repeat after me: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY. COMFY CAN BE FRILLING! Seriously, next time you’re feeling the need for something comfy to throw on with jeans, reach for one of these, and leave your ratty-tatty tees behind to keep your sports bra company.

May 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.