How to Wear It: The Classic White T… Elevated!

October 14, 2010


There is no more classic item in the American sportswear collection than the white t-shirt.  It is, in and of itself, a style icon and has been reinterpreted endlessly by amateur and professional designers alike.  Like most things in my wardrobe, I prefer to own pieces that are not only made well, but can be repurposed, remixed and restyled endlessly – even my t-shirts.

The nice folks at Yummie Tummie sent me one of their new short sleeved t-shirts that has the added value of also being a shapewear piece.  Ladies, I’m telling you now, if you haven’t yet invested in shapewear you need to – regardess of figure.  There are a variety of options to smooth and enhance from legs to tush to abdomen and good LORD why would you NOT take advantage of this? 

Yummie Tummie has several t-shirt styles to choose from including short, 3/4-sleeve and long-sleeved all of which have a variety of panels to address torso issues.  It can’t give you bigger or smaller boobs, but, man, it sure can get them in the right place.

We all know the basics when it comes to t-shirts – they effortlessly pair with jeans or shorts or a basic skirt.  But what about for a power lunch or night on the town or cocktail party?  (Please back away from the Bedazzler.)  Can it be done?  Oh, yeah.  I mixed and matched some of my own collection with some amazing finds at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Here’s how.

YT Campaign White Collage

There is a lot of winter white showing this fall and I was so glad to be able to pull out one of my favorite jackets again. It’s actually the top half of a suit I wore to my rehearsal dinner but the jacket gets worn endlessly more than the skirt does. I love its hint of Chanel styling and the kiss of glitz on the buttons. Because I rarely button the jacket, it’s nice to have the Yummie Tummie shapewear t-shirt underneath to add some figure sleekness to the mix.

The Look: Power Lunch
Jacket: Vintage Christian Dior (my own)
Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch Erin Skinny (my own)
Shoes: L.A.M.B.
Purse: Lauren Merkin
Necklace: ABS Allen Schwartz
Bracelets: Ross Simon (my own)

YT Campaign Red Collage

I am in LOVE with these new dress shorts. And really? Does it get any better than RED for a night out? And does it get any better than Dolce and Gabbana EVER? No. No it does not. Here again – an open jacket benefits from the shapewear t-shirt and we are all the better for it.

The Look: Night on the Town
Jacket: Dolce and Gabbana
Shorts: J. Crew wool tuxedo (my own)
Shoes: Beverly Feldman (my own)
Necklaces: ABS Allen Schwartz (I adore both of these)

YT Campaign Purple Collage

Nothing says cocktail like a little purple sequined jacket, yes? Once again the t-shirt provides not only a crisp background to set off the jewel-toned jacket, but provides me some killer shape. It also does something else that I consider paramount: It covers my torso when I wear low-rise jeans. People, I beg you, please wear shirts long enough to cover your stomach when jeans are low-rise. There is nothing chic about looking like you just stepped out of a trailer park. Don’t do it.

The Look: Cocktails!
Jacket: Hilton Hollis
Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch Erin Skinny (my own)
Boots: Pour la Victoire Toggle Detail Over the Knee
Purse: Lauren Merkin (color pop!)
Necklaces: ABS Allen Schwartz (Yes, I loved them so much I wore them again. REMIX!)

Now. I double-dog dare you to grab your favorite white t-shirt and remix it for an elegant and surprising look. You can totally do it – you’re a genius that way.

This post is part of a series sponsored by Yummie Tummie and Clever Girls Collective. All of the opinions are mine. Special thanks to the nice folks at Neiman Marcus Last Call for allowing me to play in their Katy, TX store and lounge all over their lovely furniture they were interested in selling. Even MORE special thanks to Mainline Mom and Jonathan Beckett for making me and the fantastic clothes look so good in pictures.

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3 Responses to “How to Wear It: The Classic White T… Elevated!”

  1. MainlineMom Says:

    Fabulous. And it was so much fun being your covert ops partner.


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