Friday, June 21, 2019

Fashion Friday: The Striped Tee

Welcome to Fashion Friday: Real Style for Real Life

Join me and my friend Claire from Home With The Wileys as we each take the same item from our closet and style it 5 different ways with items we already own. Because, let's face it, as moms we shop more for our kids anyways. Dive on into your closet with us - I'm pretty sure we'll all find some buried treasure! 

Our reasoning behind this was simple: we were always looking for outfit inspiration from REAL MOMS like us. Not trendy, not those who constantly shop for new things or who have the next best find from Target, but for the moms who are running around, living in the moment, but who also want to look cute and put together in those moments. Ya feel me?! I figured. 

So, each week we will pick one basic wardrobe staple and style it 5 different ways and not only share with each other, but with you too! 

Here's our first one, a basic, classic striped tee
Now, mind you, while I probably have a dozen plain, striped long sleeve striped tees, my short sleeve ones all have either embellishments or ruffles. So, my striped tee this week is my go-to JCrew favorite with ruffled sleeves. 

Outfit #1: Running errands and out and about in my day-to-day routines

You'll likely see me wearing this once a week. Ain't no shame in my game. It's easy, it's simple, it's cute, and I look put together while not wearing pajamas. 
I snagged these Gap cutoff shorts on crazy sale a few years ago and while these Target sandals are also a few years old, check your local store for something similar. It's summer, I'm sure they have something like this! 

Plus, we CAN NOT forget adding a pop of style to your bag. My JackTartogs silk scarf is the perfect something special to add a pop! 

Outfit #2: A fun date night outfit 

Don't be afraid to mix patterns! Stripes look great with a print if you're willing to try it! Trust me, I won't steer you wrong. 

I LOVE pairing a stripe with a Lilly Pulitzer print. My good friend Brittney made me this skirt (she actually made me 3 different printed skirts!) with retired Lilly fabric and I couldn't love them more. Pair a fun printed skirt or shorts with your basic stripe, slip on some nice flats or sandals, and grab a neutral clutch and head out the door. 

This clutch is from EmmaLyn Designs and I cannot recommend her pieces enough. I have 4 personalized unique pieces and you can grab your own at her site for 10% off with code NAOMIPERK 

Outfit #3: A chilly summer night (I don't wear pants often in summer) 

I love wearing my straw fedroa with this outfit too! I will freely admit that these joggers are maternity pants and my son is three and a half. With that being said, I love them, they're super comfortable and flattering, and they don't have a belly band so no one would EVER know otherwise. This look is super simple, feels like pajamas, and is easy to wear just about anywhere. 
If you have not jumped on the Birkenstock train, I don't know what you're waiting for. I was you. Yes. I refused to jump on this train for almost my entire life. But I caved last year and cannot recommend these sandals enough. 
My crossbody bag has been through trips, dropped in puddles, tossed in and out of cars for years, and even dragged across a field by a toddler yet has stood the test of time. It's definitely an investment piece, but worth it thru and thru. 

Outfit #4: A lunch date, trip to the movies, or an afternoon at a vineyard

Again. Pattern mixing. Don't. Be. Afraid. It's ok. It's doable. I can do it and you can too. 

These windowpane paperbag shorts were in my TrunkClub last year and were an easy YES when I opened the box. They come with a matching ribbon tie-belt that I sometimes wear but since my tee covers the belt area I removed it for this look. 
Some of you might be thinking this is pattern overload. But it's not! And it all "goes" together too. Stripes + windowpane + camo = WIN! 
Like my shoes? They're Rothys. They're amazing. And worth every penny, I swear. 

Outfit #5: Amusement park or the trampoline park or the zoo 

I am usually wearing a baseball cap with this look! 

I struggled GREATLY with getting on the cutoff shorts train and am glad my friend Brandi MADE me buy these shorts. They're like butter and super soft and comfy and they have some stretch to them, so when you were them to the amusement park and eat fried Oreos, they still fit. Seriously. You know you do it too. 

Pop on some cute sneakers (tell me you have Converse, doesn't everyone?!), that crossbody bag we all love and beat to crap, toss on a baseball cap, and head out the door for a day of fun! 

These are just 5 ways I'd style my favorite striped tee. And you can use these as a guide for your own striped tee, whether it's plain or embellished or even a graphic tee! Think of stripes as a neutral and you'll be golden! 

Here's a few more ways I'd style my striped tee:

- A striped tee with white jeans, a denim jacket, some colorful statement earrings, and wedge sandals for a fun summery date night look.

- A striped tee, white or olive shorts, a chambray shirt worn open, a fun pair of sandals, and a cute fedora or straw hat. A great look for an evening on the beach or for a BBQ. 

- A striped tee, a pair of dark jeans, colored flats, and a fun printed summer scarf and you're all set for dinner out on the town! 

- A striped tee, linen or chambray pants, sandals, and a cute fedora and say hello to drinks on the water. 

- A striped tee, white jeans, and a flowy cardigan. Choose a similar colored striped cardigan or even a floral one and toss on some cute sandals for a lunch date. 

- A striped tee, a summer blazer, nice white shorts, and a pair of Jacks to be completely preppy and polished. 

Honestly, the list could go on. So here's my top tip: when you're standing in your closet and go to grab a basic white/grey/black tee, reach for that striped shirt instead and add a little pop of style to a basic look instead. You'll thank me, I'm sure. 

Please join us next Friday for our next #fridayfashion 
Any ideas what our closet staple will be next?? 

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