Basic Building: Birdies The Starling Loafer

Birdies The Starling Loafer

Let’s get right to it: I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE SHOES.

We do a lot of entertaining at my house. Nothing formal, but there’s always a lot of wine and many cheeseboards. Nothing makes me happier than challenging my inner Ina, turning on the fireplace, playing music, and hanging out with friends around the kitchen island.

There’s real magic in opening your home and feeding the people you love. Over the years, I’ve learned the hard way: the more relaxed you are as the host, the better the night goes. So I’ve created my own routine when we have guests over to avoid reinventing the wheel each time.

There’s a place for everything, the drinks are self-serve, and the food is yummy but straightforward. I light some inexpensive candles, put out grocery store flowers, and I’m done.

But, the biggest challenge I had was getting dressed, specifically, what shoes to wear.

I want to look casual but not sloppy, and festive but not formal, especially this time of year. So everything I wanted to wear, from skinny jeans to velvet pants, required a shoe not practical for at-home entertaining.

I often ended up in my Rothy’s (which I still love), but I even kicked them off after several hours standing in the kitchen and ended up barefoot. Not ideal.

Then I discovered Birdies, a “stylish flat that’s secretly a slipper” and immediately ordered a pair. They are exactly what you want to wear whether you’re hosting at home, or a guest at your neighbors, or visiting family etc. 

This post is NOT sponsored, I just love them. 

Birdies The Starling Loafer

 

Birdies The Starling Loafer

The Starling Loafer, $95 

Birdies were founded by two moms who shared a passion for bringing family and friends together at home. Frustrated after years of hosting barefoot or in frumpy slippers, they created Birdies. They were initially designed as a comfortable and stylish slipper for home entertaining.

Umm, hello, they are geniuses!

The thing is these are so chic you can wear them anywhere. And I do. 

A Stylish Flat That’s Secretly a Slipper

Birdies The Starling Loafer

They offer so many options; to keep it simple and try them out, I went with The Starling Loafer.

The Starling is my favorite because the profile is slim and elegant, definitely the most versatile of their collection. You can wear them for anything from working to entertaining at home. 

The black velvet is ideal for this time of year. I like them with skinny or straight-leg jeans and a black turtleneck. You can also wear them with leggings (or faux leather leggings!) and a tunic top or sweater. 

If you picked up the J.Crew Factory Velvet pull-on pants from yesterday’s post, these would be perfect for them. I’m planning on wearing that as part of my outfit for Christmas Eve. 


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Basic Building: Long Sleeve White Tee

Old Navy White Long Sleeve Tee

Basics are the foundation of our wardrobes. 

If you struggle with pulling looks together, you may want to see if you have all the basics you need because having the right ones will make getting dressed a breeze. Like today’s feature, the long sleeve white tee, they are not always exciting, but they are essential. 

After searching high and low for something to casually wear with jeans or serve as a layer under vests and sporty jackets, I realized that the options presented to women are ridiculous. 

Most of them are see-through, which makes the top pretty much pointless. It doesn’t matter the price point; in fact, I’ve noticed the more you spend, the more transparent the material. 

And speaking of price points, who in their right mind would hand over $100, $200, or close to $300 for a cotton top? If you think I’m kidding, this simple white boatneck is $278 and almost sold out

The Well Dressed Life has never been about pushing the most expensive or inexpensive items. It’s not a bargain blog or one that focuses exclusively on high-end brands. Instead, my mission is to provide the best possible recommendations, using the current, seasonal retail mix in stores. In my experience, this is how most women shop, with limited time and budgets. 

So guidance around where to spend and where to save can be helpful, especially when price points across all categories seem out of control. 

While I try not to speak in absolutes, I will here; there is absolutely no reason to spend on cotton layering pieces. 

Instead, stock up on a handful of simple basics, like this long sleeve thermal knit top from Old Navy available in regular, petite, and tall from a size XS – XXL for an astonishing $8. 

EIGHT DOLLARS.

$8 Basic Building White Tee

Old Navy White Long Sleeve Tee

 

Long Sleeve Tee, $8.00

These are extra nice this time of year, especially in our current casual climate. Pair with cotton joggers, leggings, or your favorite comfy jeans.

To dress it up, add a denim jacket (with your joggers) or a vest and scarf (with your jeans.)

For $8, I was so impressed with the quality and details. These are thermals, so they have a classic waffle texture. It’s not too heavy, though, so you won’t feel like you are wearing thermal, cold weather underwear. Instead, it’s soft, comfortable, and not see-through.

Another lovely detail is the curved hem, which finishes it nicely, especially if you wear it tucked out with a layer on top.

If this is a hole in your wardrobe, pick up a few of these. Rotate wearing them to keep them white and crisp longer. 

Runs true to size but go up if in between sizes. 


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Basics Building: Leopard Print Transition Blazer

Ann Taylor The Hutton Blazer In Leopard Print

Need a piece to spice up your wardrobe as we move from the warm to chilly weather?

The Hunter Blazer in Leopard from Ann Taylor hits all the marks.  

If you happen to be new around here, welcome! Every Wednesday, I feature content specifically for work, and work these days is all over the place, so versatility is key. 

It’s rare that I find a piece and think most of our readers could wear it, but this might be it, if, of course, you’re down with the print. 

First, the print is fun but not in-your face thanks to the colors being slightly muted. You can wear it with black, brown, cream, ivory and any blue or black based denim. 

It has a nice amount of stretch so you can move in it comfortably and it will pair nicely with most of your business casual basics. 

Ann Taylor Transition Blazer 

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Ann Taylor The Hutton Blazer In Leopard Print

 

Blazer, On Sale, $89.50 in missy and petite up to a size 18 

Let’s talk specifically about what you have hanging in your closet that you can wear with this. 

The Spanx Perfect skinny black pant is an ideal pairing because the fabrics complement each other. Wear this popular shell in black or ivory underneath.

Wear your Wit & Wisdom Absolution Skinny Jean, with a simple white tee for a day working from home, and add the blazer when you hop on a video call. 

Did you pick up a pair of joggers? Don’t be shy, use them to create an edgy, polished look and wear with either a slim profile loafer or a heel. 

If you are in a warmer weather part of the country, and picked up these AT cropped pants, throw this blazer on top to bring them into the season. 

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Basic Building: Early Fall Jacket

Fall showed up immediately here on the East Coast. One minute we were sitting on the beach, the next, the leaves are falling, and there is a chill in the air.

During the Nordstrom Sale, I picked up this quilted jacket by The North Face. It’s just what you want in an early fall jacket. 

You get the quality of The North Face, in a classic style, so you can wear it season after season. It’s warm but super lightweight, water “repellent,” and you can throw it in the wash. If and when you start traveling again, it will pack like a dream too. 

This is the kind of purchase we talk about that has real staying power and a great example of price per wear. You’ll wear it all fall and early spring for years. 

The North Face, Westborough Insulated Quilted Jacket

 

 

The North Face, Westborough Insulated Quilted Jacket: $139 

Now that we are back into a relatively normal routine, I’m spending more time driving the kids around, dropping them off at various practices, going to early morning games, and planning some outside fall activities. 

I live in a uniform of Zella leggings, sporty tops, sneakers, and this jacket for busy weekend mornings.

I ordered both the medium and the large and ended up keeping the large. There isn’t a huge difference between sizes. The medium fit, but felt just a bit snug under my arms. So if you are in between sizes, go up one. 

Some of the reviews mention it feels boxy. That isn’t my experience. I don’t want something that is so fitted I can’t have the option to layer heavier pieces underneath. This still has shape, while having room to move. 

Available in black (above), and navy up to a size XL. Plus size? Try this similar style in black and navy up to a size 3X


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Basic Building: Perfect White Sneakers for Fall

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker

Now and then, I stumble on an item so good I have to share it with everyone. 

If you need a classic, white, wear-with-everything sneaker for the fall, I found the perfect pair, by Cole Haan, and they are on sale, in all sizes.

As life continues to lean toward casual comfort, a stylish sneaker is a must-have. You can pair them with absolutely everything, from leggings and jeans to skirts and shorts. The challenge is sometimes, the sneakers in our closets might be too bulky or sporty. 

You don’t want to wear the same sneaker you wear on walks or to the gym. Instead, you want something with a level of polish and sophistication. 

 

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker 

 

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker, Sale: $89.97

Cole Haan, of course, is known for their incredible level of comfort mixed with style. There are a few elements to this particular pair that I am absolutely crazy about.

The slim profile makes this the ideal pair to wear with outfits. The leather is soft and smooth, giving it a high-end look (on sale right now for under $90).

But my favorite detail is the luggage color logo on the tongue, which creates a cohesive look when paired with other elements like this reader favorite crossbody bag by Madewell

I bought these for myself, so you’ll see me in them on Instagram, and I’m going to feature them throughout the season in outfit posts. They run true to size and get an A+ for comfort. 


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Back to Basics: The Best White Tee Shirts for Women

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Today, we’re talking about the best white tee shirts for women.

A white tee shirt is the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Especially in this time of dressing casually while staying in or close to home, having a few fresh white tees to throw on can make getting dressed a whole lot easier.

When your personal style leans classic, you need to strike an important balance. The basic items that compose the foundation of your outfits need to do a lot of work. Choosing just the right piece will make or break your look.

So they should be better quality, fit well, hang nicely, and maintain their integrity wash after wash.

In many cases, I say spend a little more on these items. Buy the best you can afford.

But here’s the thing, prices in recent years have gone off the deep end.

I’m at the point in my life, and maybe you are too, where I feel like money is literally growing wings and flying out my front door.

Between mortgages, home repairs, groceries, tuition, childcare, oh, and saving for retirement, there’s not a lot left over.

So a simple white tee shirt costing $100 or $200 is downright offensive. It’s also insane because all of the expensive tee shirt brands I have tried over the years are 100% sheer. 

The bottom line? When it comes to white tee shirts, there is little correlation between price and quality. The higher the price point does not mean the better the quality. In fact, iI find t’s quiet the opposite. 

Today, I rounded up my recommendations for the best white tees for women.

Qualifications for a top spot are affordability (these are all under $20), quality, durability, and of course, none of these are see-through.

And stay tuned, because in August I’m taking many of the items I featured in June and July and showing them to you in real life pictures, to wear now and later in the early Fall. 

The Best White Tee Shirts

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Before we get into our list, a quick note. Your bra plays a vital role in the overall sheerness of a white tee. You want to wear a nude-to-you tee shirt bra so that you won’t see an outline through the tee. This is important, no matter how opaque the tee.

Also, because shopping online is truly the future of retail, follow a few steps before ordering. 

  1. Know your measurements and compare them to the size scale the retailer provides. 
  2. Read the reviews and pay attention to feedback around quality and how it fits. 
  3. Be sure to read the return policy. Many retailers are getting better with this, knowing they have to compete with Amazon on returns. If you are in between sizes, order both and return what doesn’t work. 

The Best Tee Shirts Totally Not See-Through

Lands’ End

Lands's End White tshirt

Lands’ End, $18

It makes sense that Lands’ End would make one of the best white tees. Their focus on quality and practicality is at the heart of their brand. I like this option because it has a bit of shape, but doesn’t cling, a nice sized sleeve (I hate when the cling to your arm) and a length that let’s you half tuck, full tuck or leave out. They also wash and wear well. 

Available in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. 

Read online reviews here. 

LL Bean

LL Bean White Tee ShirtLL Bean, $23

Similar to Land’s End, LL Bean shares their approach to quality. If you prefer a crewneck, this soft pima cotton has a lovely feel, is slightly fitted, and hits right at the hip. 

Available in regular, petite, and plus

Read online reviews here. 

Madewell

Madewell White Tee Shirt

Madewell, $16

This Madewell tee has a vintage, relaxed, pre-washed feel.  The sleeves are shorter than the Lands’ End and LL Bean options. It will give you a more casual look and pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts. 

Available in all sizes including a 3X.

Read its almost all five star reviews here. 

Universal Thread

Target Universal Thread White Tshirt

Universal Thread, $8

You simply cannot beat the price of the v-neck tee from Target’s in house brand. But here’s the thing, don’t order it online. There is too much variation in their sizing to make the potential for having to ship back and forth worth.

So next time you’re at Target, roll your cart over to the Universal Thread area, and take a look yourself. I bought mine in a large to account for shrinking and I’m very please with it, especially  since it’s under $10. 

Available in XXS- XXL here, also in plus size. 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo White Tshirt

Uniqlo, $15

Over the years readers and members in our Facebook private group have raved about the basics you can find at Uniqlo. So, of course, I gave them a try. This crew neck white tee shirt, is $15 and is really great. It’s feel super soft, hangs away from the body without being boxy, and washes well. 

Available in XXS – XXL.

It gets tons of 5 star reviews too, which you can read here

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A Go-To Dress For Transitioning Back to the Office

It’s fair to say that our professional lives are going to look weird for the rest of 2020.

While some parts of the country are pulling back their reopening plans, many are slowly turning the lights on. In my hometown of Philadelphia, people are commuting and back in the office, even if it’s just part-time.

But the city is hot (so hot), with temperatures in the mid 90s, and, most dress codes are toned down versions of what they were pre shut down. 

Which leads to the question, after months of working at the kitchen table, what’s an easy outfit option that is comfortable, cool, an a little more professional than yoga pants? 

A dress, obviously! 

And not just any dress, but this Lola jersey dress from Boden, available in an array of colors and prints, in regular, petite and long, ranging in sizes 2 – 22. 

Basics Building: Go-To Dress for Work 

Navy Dress by Boden

Dress, $85 

I’m thinking specifically for readers who are either walking or taking mass transit into a hot city. Maybe you’re in an office with a skeleton crew or a municipal or government building coming back online.

You want to look polished, but not overdone, comfort is key, but feeling dressed up is a welcomed change.

This dress requires nothing else. Simply throw it on and go. 

A Better Basic for Under $100

 

This dress is everything Boden does well, and has almost all five star reviews from customers.  

The fit is lovely; it’s not too long or too short and the cut is ideal. A v-neck is universally flattering, and the waistband will help pull you in, creating a slimming shape. 

While I’m not personally a fan of their prints, picking it up in either black or navy means you  have an incredibly wearable dress (with pockets!) for under $100.

How would I wear this?

Assuming I was commuting (or just didn’t want to fuss with heels) you can easily wear this with flats. I would wear these Allbirds Tree Breezers in Navy for both comfort and style.  They are similar to Rothy’s  in that they are eco-friendly, washable and breathable, so your feet won’t sweat in the summer heat. 

Finally, use what you have in your closet! I would carry this bag from Target that we featured last month and keep accessories simple with these studs from QVC (another reader favorite).

 

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