Payday Pretty | BYOB – To a Tee

Hello, pretties and a post-Christmas TGIF to you!  Welcome to week five of Build Your Outfit Basics.  If you’re new here, let me catch you up.  BYOB is a six week series built around my Five Wardrobe Basics for Real Moms.  Each week I feature one of my favorite outfit builders along with some affordable options to help you build or add onto your own wardrobe.

In week one, I featured dark wash skinny jeans.  Week two was all about fabulous, cute and comfy flats, week three featured one of my favorites, scarves and in week four I confessed to my total obsession with cardigans.

Week Five’s outfit builders lay the foundation for just about any look – tees and tanks.  If you’ve followed me for long, you’ve probably already noticed that I layer a tee or tank under almost everything.

Like these looks starring my gray and taupe tanks.

My drawer full of tanks gets accessed year-round.  There’s just something that feels right about layering, I can’t quite explain it but I do it almost every day.  And these long tanks from Forever 21 are my absolute favorites and are only $4.80 each! I have one in ever color of the rainbow.

Although tanks tops are my main go-to layering piece, I also wear a lot of t-shirts.  They work great under cardigans and sweaters or on their own with a statement necklace or scarf.

Here are some of my fave basic tanks and tees.

[Long Tank  Top:  Forever 21]

Factory everyday tank

[Everyday Tank:  J. Crew Factory]

Tissue Tees are the perfect weight for layering.  Here’s one that I love.

Factory tissue tee

[Tissue Tee:  J. Crew Factory]

I love the longer length and shirred sides of this tee.

[Shirred V-neck Tee:  Nordstrom]


[Chambray Shirt:  Madewell]

While I was writing this post, I started thinking about some other favorite basics that I wear on a regular basis.  One of my fall purchases kept coming to mind – my denim shirt.  Denim shirts, and their lighter weight cousin chambray are CRAZY versatile!

Here are some ways to pair them up:

Under cardigans and sweaters

Over tank tops as a jacket

Belted with a maxi skirt

With leggings, riding boots and a scarf

Tucked in with dark wash denim skinnies (below)

I have a feeling I’m just going to keep finding ways to wear it year-round…thrown over a bikini with a sarong, tucked into shorts with a tank top or with colored denim like this look below that I LOVE.

[Camel Jeans:  Fossil]

Here are some of my favorite denim and chambray shirts.

It’s Your Turn:  How healthy is your collection of basic tees and tanks?  What are you planning to update?

Have you taken the Payday Pretty Challenge yet?

If you do, you could win a $20 Target gift card!  I’m giving away one each week of the BYOB series.

All you have to do is take $20, $50 or $100 out of the weekly budget and do something pretty for yourself.  Then show me what you got!  Here are the ways you can enter:

1.  If you’re a blogger, write about Payday Pretty in a post and link back to me.

2.  Post a photo to the GYPO Facebook page showing me what you got.

3.  Tweet about the Payday Pretty Challenge Giveaway.

4.  Leave me a blog post comment telling me what you got.

Happy shopping and good luck!

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Week Four’s Payday Pretty Challenge winner is Cindy B.!

Congratulations Cindy!  Your $20 Target gift card is on it’s way.  I hope you do something pretty for yourself with it!

Stay pretty, my friends!


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