Tees are a staple in my wardrobe – from prints and patterns to every shade of neutrals, there’s never a week that goes by without wearing an outfit that involves a t-shirt. And while a classic white tee with a pair of denim will always be an all-time favorite of mine, lately I’ve been making an effort to get creative and step up my tee game with new outfits and styling.
With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and Christmas coming up quickly afterwards, I’ve been focusing my little t-shirt challenge on versatile looks that can work well for the holidays. Whether you’re getting dressy for a family dinner or craving cozy for a hometown coffee run, tees have got you covered and are always perfect for packing since they take up such little room in your suitcase, can be worn so many ways and don’t wrinkle.
When elevating the basics, I’ve found that mixing it up with texture and pattern goes a long way. Even your most simple, cotton tee can instantly feel elevated when paired with a piece that’s a bit unexpected – from a statement necklace to a chunky knit, corduroy or velvet.
For a holiday party or dressier dinner, consider a black tee your secret weapon. Paired with a bold patterned skirt (how good is this buffalo plaid?!) and a bit of sparkle, you can totally have it all with both comfort and style. Old Navy’s fitted crew-neck tees are the ultimate layering piece; they’re just the right fit in a cotton and modal blend that’s super soft and lightweight. When dressing up a tee, I always go for a tuck – it instantly feels more put together, even when you’re still keeping your look casual.
The crisp weather back in New Jersey and Chicago always has me packing plenty of cozy outfits and this cable knit cardigan will be a no brainer for upcoming travels – it works for weekend or long travel days with leggings and a basic tee but also has texture that can add instant interest to a look. When hanging out with my family, comfort is always key and the combination of a striped tee, velvet trousers and the cable knit cardigan creates a layered look that basically feels like loungewear while still feeling polished. The relaxed fit of this v-neck striped Old Navy tee is exactly what you want to be wearing when enjoying Thanksgiving dinner and the hi-low hem looks cute fully untucked (covers your bum a bit!) or with a little half tuck, which I always like to do when layering to break things up a bit.
A closet full of tees can really go a long way with a little styling and the right pairings! What are some of your tips to dress up a t-shirt?
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