Weekend Inspiration: Varsity Tee Now and Later

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear Now
Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee

At my core, I am a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl. It’s a laid back and casual combination that makes me feel most like myself.  But not all jeans and tees are the same. At my age, I try to find something that feels grown up without being frumpy and also doesn’t look like I picked it up at CrewCuts.  I look for better quality piece but I’m not willing to spending $100+ on a tee shirt.

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee

Varsity Tee, $45 Available in 7 other colors here.

Enter this varsity tee by Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom.  When I’m working from home, and on the weekends, this is the kind of top I live in.  It’s long sleeve (the sleeves are rolled in the photo), soft, and sporty.  For the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a “must have piece” for our Friday post with outfit inspiration for now and into warmer weather.  This way, you get maximum wear out of any piece you might pick up.  Let’s start with how to wear now.

 

 

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear NowJeans, $89  |  Shoes, $40  |  Backpack, $58

Whether you’re chaperoning a school field trip or trekking all the way down to Disney, there are certain occasion when you want to look cute but not overdone. Here’s how you do it. I paired the tee with cozy boyfriend jeans.  These are by KUT, a well priced brand with fantastic fit and quality.  Don’t like the distressing on the leg?  I know you don’t. Our Denim Closet has dozens of different style options for any kind of jean you like best.

For a casual, sneaker alternative, don’t overlook Toms.  They have a slim profile, a nice alternative to most heavy, chunky sneakers.  You could also wear a slip on sneaker, which were super popular on the blog last year.  For a bag, I’m NUTS for this small backpack from Everlane.  There is nothing better if you need to be hands free but want to look chic.

Moving to the summer …

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear LaterShorts, $74  |  Flip Flops, $8.50  |  Crossbody, $128  |  Sunglasses, $168

If you run into me in Cape May this summer, I will be in some version of this outfit.  I’m 38 years old and I’m still wearing shorts.  I don’t care. I think I can pull them off, and what is my alternative?  Capris?  No. These shorts are from White House Black Market.  The distressing makes them feel cool, and the 5″ length is a winner. (Available in sizes 00 -16.)

Since I am all limbs, when I do wear shorts, I always wear a long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve top.  It balances out my proportions and feels a little more sophisticated.  To make this feel like a cohesive look, the flip flop (under $10!) and crossbody are rather important.  The British Tan color adds a richness and grounds the overall look.  Finally, aviators, because nothing says summer like a cool pair of sunglasses.

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Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater
Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater - The Well Dressed Life

The sales keep rolling in this January, including this adorable and preppy striped sweater at the LOFT for $23. That’s not a typo, it’s $23. Of course, I picked it up, because I love stripes and this feels fresh and new. It’s available in Navy (below) and Yellow, in XXS – XXL in Missy and Petite.  Currently, all sizes are in stock. Pick it up today while it’s on sale and you can wear it now and straight into spring. 

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped SweaterMust have piece: LOFT Striped Sweater, $60 ON SALE $23.90

How to Wear LOFT Stripe Sweater 

 

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped SweaterLOFT Striped Sweater, $60 ON SALE $23.90  |  Jeans, $90  |  Flats, $18  |  Bag, $139  |  Bracelet, $39  |  Earring, $98

Let’s talk about this sweater.  It’s effortlessly chic. Maybe it’s because this January has been so cold and dreary but I’m really gravitating to more bright and cheerful looks. It’s a straightforward jeans sweater. You could wear it with a variety of styles, (check out our Denim Closet for all size and style options).  We featured a clean lined boyfriend jean. If you go for a style like this, keep the roll cuff at your ankle, otherwise, you’re getting into capri area, and I have some strong opinions on capris.

This outfit is as easy as it comes.  You could wear it with a simple pair of slide on sneakers, or whatever flats you own.  I added a pop of yellow with these $18 flats for a fun accent. With weekend outfits I don’t like to fuss with accessories.  This bracelet from Henri Bendel is on sale for $39.  These earrings, also at Henri Bendel are an easy, wear-every-day-earring.  Finally, what’s a weekend without a cross body bag?  You have tons of options.  This J.Crew bag is ideal.  It sits on your body, keeps you hands free, but is big enough to carry all your stuff.

Hope everyone has a great weekend – it’s been a LONG week!

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Weekend Wear: The $55 Moto Jacket You’re Going to Love

Moto Jacket
The $55 Moto Jacket You're Going to Love - The Well Dressed Life

I discovered this jacket last month when I ordered it as part of my Rent the Runway (RTR) Unlimited Subscription.  It’s the kind of piece that is just outside my style sphere, so being able to rent it, and try it out with my wardrobe, is such a fantastic option. I found it to be a great alternative to my typical casual blazer and feels edgy but still classic.

One of the options in (RTR) is that you can buy the items you rent at a discount. When I realized it was on sale for $50, I quickly bought it.  Because I like it so much, I wondered if it was still available at stores, and turns out; it is, $55 for black, and $33 in Navy. 

The only good thing about January is the sales.

I bought both.

 

Moto JacketMust Have Piece, $55  |  Jeans, $198  |  Shoes, $40  |  Clutch, $198  |  Earring, $38

For me, this is the perfect Saturday night out look.  Whether I’m meeting friends for dinner or spending it with Bri, it strikes the right balance of casual and polished.  There are a few things to keep in mind when creating an outfit around this jacket.  The shape and length work best with either skinny jeans or jeans with a long leg and subtle boot cut.  Anything too full and you’ll be overwhelmed. (To see a variety of jean options at different price ranges, check out our Denim Closet.)

You can throw this jacket over just about anything, though I love how it looks over a turtleneck. That’s right, a turtleneck, I’m such a turtleneck girl.  Bloomingdales currently has an array of colors for under $80.

For a night out, I like a pump.  These silver fabric pumps at DSW for $40 are affordable and stylish. The jacket as a lot going on, so I would hold off on lots of jewelry and accessories. Keep it in one piece, like a long necklace or these earrings. They are simple, but complement the hardware on the jacket without competing with it.  Finally, a silver clutch, like this one by Michael Kors has the right line and shape.  It’s an investment, so think about how often you’ll use it.  For a less expensive option, I like this $30 silver envelope clutch.

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