It has taken me almost two years of blogging and really working on my wardrobe to feel ready to launch a series like this. I was so hesitant to even start a style blog before ONE little MOMMA because I really didn't think I was an authority on fashion. I knew I could dress myself in a style that I liked, but the idea of teaching it to other people really scared me. It still does actually, but I am beginning to understand in a more conscious way why I wear what I do and what my sense of style really boils down to. I really do want to provide useful information to you and help you get dressed every day in outfits that you love, and I'm learning that starts with having the right basics in your closet.
For the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing my closet staples. These are items that I would put on your must-have list if you want to replicate outfits that you see here and if you want to build an inter-mixable casual chic wardrobe. The idea is not to buy a specific item that I recommend, but a very similar one that does the same job. These recommended items are mostly year-round wardrobe items and today we are starting with BASIC TEES & TOPS.
2. Chambray Shirt. A chambray shirt is a new wardrobe staple. It pairs perfectly with dark denim, colored denim, black pants, printed pants and skirts. I love a lighter Western wash for Spring/Summer. You can decide on snaps or buttons - I own both. I also own and love a chambray/denim tee and wear it in the same situations as the shirt. A medium wash shirt will work year-round as well.
3. Graphic Tee. A good graphic tee is a great way to add the casual to a casual chic outfit. Graphic tees add interest to an outfit and are comfortable. I love white, gray and black graphic tees. A solid color tee with white graphics is also works, but multiples colors or bright graphics can sometimes look juvenile. I try to stick to white, black and gray.
4. V-Neck White Tees. A white tee is definitely an essential and the more you own of your favorite kind, the better. My favorite affordable white tees are Men's Hanes Premium White V-Neck Tees. They are loose-ish and the v doesn't dip super low. These tees work will with bright or printed pants, under cardigans or just with blue jeans.
6. Solid 3/4 length Sleeve Black Tee. And, yes, another solid. I love having the option of a solid, especially boat neck, black 3/4 length tee. I prefer it to fit a little slimmer and it works great with so many of my trendier pieces. Other solid 3/4 length tee colors to consider are gray, mint, and white.