We're shelving our worn-in white tees for Spring's fresh crop of printed t-shirts. They fit and feel like your staples — albeit with florals, new takes on tie-dye, and eye-catching graphics — these are anything but your basics. For the high-fashion tilt, there's 3.1 Phillip Lim's take on a classic slogan covered in pretty florals; for something bright but more minimalist, look to J.Crew's geometric-feeling tee. The resulting look has infinitely more personality than your solid tops and tanks, and (bonus!) it's a fresh, Spring-ready update you can start layering under your blazers, leather jackets, and cardigans right now. Click through to see our favorites and usher in an easy outfit update.
We've already confronted our obsession with stripes (that's the first step, right?). The next is zeroing in on our favorites and shopping every iteration of the beloved classic. We may only be fueling our addiction, but nothing feels quite so chic during the Summer as a Breton tee thrown on with our cutoffs or styled up with a pair of red skinnes. You may already own one or two striped tees (maybe even more, if you're anything like us), but because they go with practically anything and will transition seamlessly to Fall (and Winter), they're worth stocking up on when you find a style you love. Inside, we've curated a collection of our absolute favorites — whether it's an essential Breton stripe from Saint James or a fresh update in petal pink, these are best of the bunch.
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While our trusted tanks and tees usually get the job done, this season we're hoping for more than just getting by. We have our pick of stripes, florals, sheer fabrics, and retro-inspired styles, making our hunt for the Spring-perfect top that much more Fab. We've sought out the best in work and play blouses and tees to top suit all of our stylish whims. Click through for 10 fresh ways to switch up your wardrobe!
Loose tees have been replaced with slouchy silk tops this Fall, encompassing an understated vibe. Pair a fluid shirt, like the white silk Equipment blouse at left with denim shorts and pointy toe heels right now, and try Jason Wu's textural semi-sheer chiffon shirt with jeans or trousers once the temperature drops.
From left to right: Equipment Signature Blouse ($178), Elizabeth and James Silk Charmeuse Blouse ($245), Rag & Bone Plaid Sunday Shirt ($255), Acne Amon Print Top ($373)
There's nothing chicer — and more nonchalant — than throwing on a loose-fitting shirt over a pair of skinny jeans or denim cutoffs. Fab, right? It's a refreshing change from all the skin-tight tanks that get heavy rotation in the summertime. Equipment gives menswear shirts a French-cum-California spin. The Equipment Tomcat Print Chiffon Blouse ($208) is bound to offer a wild night, while the Equipment Silk Satin Olive Shirt ($198) is a sleek nod to Fall's green trend. Get yourself equipped now!
If you check out Kate's look, you'll notice two things: it's casual, but super sexy. Props to her off-the-shoulder top. It's slouchy, but not dowdy, because she's showing some skin via a sultry shoulder. It's an easy way to sexy-up your apparel just a tad. Printed, solid, '80s-inspired tees — it's all fair game, just wear with confidence and channel Kate's carefree vibe.
Not so fast, Rih! Let me examine your cool top before you rush off to dinner. I love how boyfriend shirts give off a sexy, masculine appeal. In fact, I have a couple from a past boyfriend that have lasted me longer than our relationship. Ha. When wearing this looser cut, keep the rest of your outfit feminine via accessories, a la Rihanna — skinny jeans, skirts, or tailored shorts. Word to the wise: check out the men's section for a greater variety. A men's extra-small fits me perfectly . . .
As the name suggests, Fatguy Shirts are mostly aimed at men, but some of these designs (and there are many) clearly have women in mind. On the one hand, I'm all for embracing a healthy body image, but most of these tees just seem mean. What do you think? Would you be proud to wear any of these? Do you find them refreshing or irresponsible?
OK, it totally reminds me of those silly shirts for sale at any warm-weather vacation destination . . . you know, right next to the "One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor" shirts? This tacky tee comes in five sizes for pets up to 90 pounds so even the big dogs can show off a noticeably slimmer physique. Although I can see the irony in the product name of Bathing Beauty ($25), I know I wouldn't subject my (male) dog to the stares and giggles of others — could you?