Fundamentally Fabulous ~ tees & tanks

13 August 2013

Achieving great personal style..... is there a magic formula? I wish I had a wand I could wave....

It's true that some people have a gift for creating fabulous outfits, however I do believe that anyone can achieve great style status and there are some key elements that are essential if this is something you want to create for yourself.

A fabulous wardrobe starts out with functional items, of which there are a number.
As we transition into a new season, it's the perfect time to edit your wardrobe and after an 'innocent' post on Jenni Sellan Styling, regarding the importance of making room for the basics, a whole conversation began around what those things are. 
As a result, I have decided to dedicate a series of blogs over the coming weeks on fundamental wardrobe pieces to share with you  and I will begin with a couple of my personal favourites, "tanks & tees".

One of my never fail outfits in the transition between seasons, is without question, a combination of my favourite jeans, (currently  Genetic Denim ) a white tee or tank, and a blazer.
While this is an outfit containing three of our fundamental pieces, without the tee or the tank, I would certainly attract a few looks for all the wrongs reasons! It's the piece that brings it together.

You would think that buying a simple tee or tank would be easy, especially considering that those in the fashion world - buyers, style editors, designers - (the list goes on) would agree that it is a wardrobe essential, however to my absolute frustration, in looking to combine great cut, quality and fit when shopping for the fashion often proves more challenging than one would expect or hope, so I have done the walking for you.

One thing I will say at the outset; I have deliberately not featured cheap versions. Why?
Generally speaking, the fundamental and functional pieces of your wardrobe will not change.
Fashion items and seasonal trends are the pieces that we continually inject into our wardrobes, and because these items are seasonal, picking up the 'cheaper' version can be justified.
Compromising on quality when it comes to your basic items will simply result in you having to continually shop for them -  the fabric will wear quickly, and the shape will not hold.
Invest into your fundamental pieces. If you don't, you will end up spending more than your initial outlay, if you had chosen, quality.

By far, my favourite basic white tee and tank are from Jac and Jack. Gorgeous fabrics, great quality and not ridiculously over priced (in my opinion) with pieces ranging from $60 - $110
Jac and Jack offer the options of black and white for most of their styles and also feature the colour Asphalt with slight variations in style. 

Witchery are always worth a look and as far as the mainstream offering goes, cover the basics and variations of, (featured below) well. Witchery also enjoy injecting colour & prints into their basic variations, which is great for a fun seasonal injection of fashion trends.
Pricing is mid range and quality is good. With a solid returns policy, in my experience they have always been willing to replace items where quality expectations are not met. 

The humble tee & tank...two essentials that have the potential to be the building blocks of a fabulous and chic ensemble. 
If you don't have these items in your wardrobe, make them a priority purchase.  


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