Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to School Essentials: Must-Have Tops & Shirts

There's always a few go-to pieces in everyone's closet. They're the type of clothes you find yourself reaching for all the time, that go with most of your wardrobe, and that are good all throughout the season. They never seem to go out of style. These "must-have" items are the basis for any good closet. Here is a collection of tops and shirts that everyone should have a version of in their closet. These tops are good for mixing and matching and make great foundations for outfits. Enjoy!

Black V-Neck, H&M (similar). White V-Neck, Victoria's Secret. Burgundy V-neck, Forever21.

"The Basic Tee"
T-shirts in basic shapes and solid colors.

Basic t-shirts make great foundations to outfits. You can dress them up with a statement bag, leather jacket, and heels or down with jeans, converse, and a scarf. Either way they're a good staple so it's nice to have a few in your wardrobe. A basic white and black t-shirt is important to have in your collection along with one in a fun solid color. It doesn't matter if they're v-necks, scoop necks, etc. as long as they fit you right and are comfy. T-shirts are not an item to spend a lot of money on they come in many different price ranges and qualities. Buy what's right for you. 

*STYLE SECRET - Tees look surprisingly chic when worn with glam jewelry, dark wash jeans, and a blazer or tailored jacket.*

Cami, Target (similar). 

"The Basic Cami"
A tank top for layering under sheer clothes or tops with a low neckline. 

The basic cami is a must in any wardrobe. They're perfect for sheer tops or shirts with deep necklines. Whether you prefer ones with lace or without camis are an essential. Stock up on ones in black and white, they go with more.

*STYLE SECRET - Camis can work sort of like spanx at times when layered under other shirts. They'll suck in a bit of tummy. This doesn't mean that you should buy them in way smaller size then what you normally wear.*

Top, Kohl's (similar). 

"The Casual Blouse"
A top that is dressier than a tee but just as comfy.

Casual blouses are good for everyday outfits. They'll make you look put together but you'll still be comfy and not over-dressed. A feminine casual blouse is perfect for your first day of school or any other day of the week too. 

*STYLE SECRET - You don't need many accessories when you wear a casual blouse.*

Blouse, H&M (similar). 

"The Dressy Blouse"
A blouse that is perfect for more formal occasions and parties. It's fancier and more detailed than the casual blouse. 

The dressy blouse looks great tucked into a pencil skirt or dress pants and is appropriate for formal occasions. Dressy blouses usually have embellishments that make accessorizing a cinch. It's good to have a few fancy blouses in your closet for events where you don't feel like wearing a dress or where a dress is too formal.

*STYLE SECRET - Outfits including dressy blouses don't require a lot of jewelry or accessories in order to look special. A simple necklace, bag, and pair of heels or wedges is all you need.*

  Plaid Shirt, American Eagle (similar). 

"The Plaid Button-up/Flannel"
An easy and casual plaid button-up shirt.

Flannels and plaid button-ups are great for many reasons. They can be worn buttoned up opened over another top (sort of like a cardigan). They're easy, comfy, and practical. Flannels are particularly good for the cooler months. They'll provide warmth especially when layered. 

*STYLE SECRET - Steal a plaid button-up or flannel from your dad, guy friend, or boyfriend. A shirt that's a bit oversized will look effortlessly cool and edgy when paired with the right outfit. Plus it will be super comfy.*

"The Denim Shirt"
A button-up denim shirt.

This denim shirt is one of my favorite pieces. Denim shirts are great because they can be worn buttoned up and tucked into a pair of jeans or opened like a denim jacket over a t-shirt. I like styling mine with scarves and boots for fall. You can even dress them up with  a big necklace and heeled boots. 

*STYLE SECRET - If you're going to wear a denim shirt with jeans make sure that they are different washes in order to avoid the denim tuxedo look.*

These are just suggestions as to what make good wardrobe basics. Feel free to adapt these suggestions to your personal style and body type. 

Thanks for reading! 

What's one of your must-have tops? Let me know in  a comment!

- BL

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