3 WAYS TO STYLE A BASIC GRAY TEE

As much as I love statement pieces, I always fall back on basics. They’re the foundation of my wardrobe, and since basics are the pieces I will wear forever (and all the time), it’s important for me to find good quality basics that won’t fall apart after a few months of wear.  I recently stumbled upon the “Miracle” Linen tee from Nordstrom Madewell, and you guys, this is the best basic tee I’ve ever worn. I’d actually never purchased anything from Madewell before, but had always heard amazing things about it and the pieces I picked up certainly didn’t disappoint. Plus, I love that Nordstrom carries Madewell pieces because then I get all the great perks of quick free shipping and easy returns with these great brands.

This linen tee is a little more than I would normally spend on a t-shirt, but it’s the most perfect basic tee. I tried it on the night I got it and Philip instantly noticed it from the other room and complimented me on it. I mean, husband compliments on a basic gray tee? You’re going to need one of these.

And if husband compliments aren’t enough to convince you, this is also the most versatile t-shirt. Today I want to show you three easy ways to style it for spring, because a basic t-shirt does not need to be styled in a basic way.

1. Layered
In the spring when you need a little extra warmth, try layering a vest over your basic tee! I’m not a huge fan of wearing denim vests with denim on bottom, so I paired mine with a super feminine and spring appropriate pleated skirt. Then the denim vest is perfect because it adds visual interest, dimension, and a little bit of masculinity to an otherwise feminine outfit. Plus, I added a little edginess to the outfit with some studded sandals…couldn’t help myself.

OUTFIT DETAILS: madewell tee (wearing size small) | madewell denim vest (wearing size small) | similar skirt here and here | similar sandals | petunia pickle bottom bag 

2. Monochromatic
I love the look of a monochromatic outfit for date night . Gray on gray is simple, slightly unexpected, and so modern. The key to dressing up a basic t-shirt is jewelry and shoes — a statement necklace instantly makes an outfit feel dressy, and heels do the same! If you’re doing monochromatic, keep the rest of the outfit subdued and simple to highlight the monochrome.

OUTFIT DETAILS: madewell tee (wearing size small) | similar denim | charles david pumps | similar bag | bauble bar necklace (similar)

3. Boho
This is probably my favorite of the three looks — maybe because it’s so incredibly comfy! It can be scary to pair two relaxed and oversized pieces together, since obviously you don’t want to look….oversized. The key is to add what I call intentional pieces to your ensemble. Pieces that make it obvious you’re not wearing your pajamas, like my hat, a pair of heels, or a structured jacket or blazer.

OUTFIT DETAILS: madewell tee (size small) | madewell track pants (wearing size small) | fringe bag | similar sandals | topshop hat
Which is your favorite of these three looks??
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANA LAURENE