December 28, 2012 - Easy Outfits, Style

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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  • I pretty much wear a tank under everything too. It just makes things seem more smooth and they help with the modesty factor a bit. You are spot on with the denim/chambray shirt as an outfit builder. That is probably the most versatile piece in my closet. I love this series!

    • PrettyOn

      Yes! The denim/chambray shirt is a miracle worker, it just goes with so much. I hope this is a trend that sticks around for awhile.

  • Kristie

    Tanks for cap sleeves under most everything. Yep, I do that. And mainly it is for modesty, I am religious and I really don’t like my upper arms. 🙂
    I have loved this series. It has made me look at my wardrobe at things I already own and try to figure out different ways of wearing what I own. I have learned I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear properly. Or at least in a way that makes me look good.
    Thank you!

    • PrettyOn

      Hi Kristie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series. Yes, tanks really do make a difference with modesty, that’s what I love so much about them. I’m turning my daughters into fans of them too. 🙂

  • Tees Re perfect for layering, such a cheap and easy way to make any look better 🙂

  • CC

    I got a leopard print fur vest (it is the softest thing ever!). 🙂

  • Thanks for the great giveaway! My payday pretty this week includes something I bought with my winnings!

  • Saxon

    I hit pay dirt at Old Navy today! I got 4 tanks for $2.97 each and 4 v-neck sweaters for $6.23 each! I’m going to be layered and cozy this winter. 🙂

    • PrettyOn

      Wow! What a great deal. I may have to head over to Old Navy this weekend and check that out. Hopefully they won’t be wiped out already.

  • Linda

    I am going to get something to warm me up this winter!

    • PrettyOn

      Cozy sweaters are the best!

  • Hi Alison! I just realized today that I forgot to officially enter the contest, so this is my entry! And I totally agree with you…TANKS ARE NECESSARY ALMOST EVERY DAY!!!!!!!
    Sheaffer 🙂

  • Basic under tees and tanks are so essential, agreed! I love the cap sleeve tees from both DownEast and Shade Clothing. They are work horses in my wardrobe!

  • I sell long layering tanks to EVERY client..there is this brand called dynamic that sells them for around 20 bucks (which isn’t your 4.80) BUT they hold up amazingly well and I love them because they come in different lengths…tunic length is my FAV post baby.
    Anyway…you are dead on with a wardrobe chambray/denim shirt is worn at LEAST twice a week. Great post as always!!!
    Happy New Year lovely lady!

  • Awesome reminder about layering! No need to shiver during the winter when you are rocking a hot layered outfit! I need to get my tank drawer a bit more organized so I can layer up as the temps fall! I’m loving this series… learning so much!!

  • I do like to wear tanks and t’s under things in the winter
    Thanks for the tip about the F21 tanks, they are the longer style I like and are sometimes hard to find

  • I do love to layer! I need a few more long tanks, and the Forever 21 price is right for that! Oh, and the chambray – YES! I find it to be one of those favorite go to items also. Today I was lucky enough to find the very last polka dot chambray at the Old Navy store I visited, and am already planning on wearing it tomorrow!

  • amanda

    I’m new to your blog, it’s been fun looking back through all your posts.
    What a great series! I always layer with a tank, so every color is needed. I just picked up 2 really soft ones at Old Navy this week for $3.12, I love their clearance sale!

  • Rebecca

    I always though that tank tops were just a little too revealing for me, but then I discovered that you could layer them under an overshirt (like the chambre) or even a shirt that is cut too low (my rack is really up there, if you know what I mean.) Now I have a plethora is a rainbow of colors. I love that I can have another layer of warmth in the winter and have no sleeves except a crisp white blouse left open in the summer. This is one major staple in many wardrobes.

  • Alison, I love this feature idea! I’m about to go back and look at your past BYOBs but I love layering and am so glad you included the chambray and denim shirts as well. I was so surprised when I came to realize how versatile they are.

    Have a great New Year!

  • Joann

    Love long tanks but i have trouble finding tanks long enough to cover them bum when wearing leggings. I’m going to try these F21 tanks! Thanks for the tip.

  • Heather

    My payday pretty this week was a pair of royal blue skinnies! I got them on clearance at TJ Maxx. I love how soft they are and their fit! I can’t wait to pair them with a taupe sweater and scarf.

    • PrettyOn

      Yay Heather! Royal blue is such a great color and I love how you’re going to pair them up.

  • My tank and tee collection is TOO healthy. Everytime I go to a store it’s where I gravitate. I consciously have to keep myself away from them. I’m trying to “grow-up” my wardrobe and my typical jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops uniform just doesn’t cut it =]

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