Our reason for starting Stepforward was simple. Elevated essentials, perfectly cut, flattering to most women’s body types and to an array of different skin tones. We’ve put tons of research into color palettes and shades, the perfect fabric and the best neckline. And we must say that we are pretty proud.
If we could wear our scoop-neck tee every single day we would. And we practically do. Because this staple is such an essential part of our daily wardrobe we are always keeping an eye out for fresh new ways to boost this basic.
We scoped bloggers, stylistas, fashionistas and Pinterest to bring you a few fresh takes on the tee to take you into fall.
A Bold Duster
We’ve seen lots of duster jackets cropping up. While we love the structure and edge this long jacket can bring to any outfit, it can be difficult to pull off if you’re not sure exactly what to pair it with. But it’s worth a try since the duster can be a figure flattering look for nearly every body type. Here are a few of our favorite ways to pair your tee and duster:
The color of this amazing duster/vest is insane. This is definitely a look for a fashion-forward day on the town. Simplicity is key as the canary yellow of the coat takes center stage. Here, the lightly scooped tee is gently tucked into tapered trousers.
We adore the silky texture of this black duster coat and its mid-shin hemline has enough drama without going overboard. A black-and-white palette makes this combo work appropriate paired with slim trousers and black pumps. The tee is worn slightly loose and gently tucked in for a blouse look. Glam it up with a chunky gold bracelet and diamond studs and you can take on the world!
Adding this mid-length trench coat-like duster is a great way to grow-up the summer t-shirt and jean shorts standby. Matched with a fun crossbody and chunky booties, this look says both casual and city sophisticate. Try a gently cut v-neck tee to contrast with the boxy structure of the coat.
Somewhere between a cape and a short jacket, the capelet is a fun and versatile way to throw some sass onto your jeans and t-shirt combo. Depending on the type, it can add a little retro or romantic flair. Here are some ways to pair the capelet with a tee that stood out to us:
Fall-ready and romantic a knit capelet adds color and coziness to this cold weather long-sleeved ensemble. The long skirt adds romance while black leather boots and a heel give it enough edge. We can also see this working with brown boots. Have fun playing with color in with this look while keeping it within the nature-inspired realm. Have the tee and printed skirt act as a neutral base. Etsy is a great source for trying out the chunky knit capelet look!
Okay, we admit it. This capelet is a Prada. And the t-shirt shown is a tank. Whether or not your budget is Prada-friendly is not the point, however. And this, of course, will work with your tee! This capelet has a bold, yet elegant print and intricate detail. You may be able to scoop up something similar at a vintage store, or embellish a plain version yourself. This look is especially great for long, tall types or those who would like to balance out their silhouette.
Simplify a look from your favorite decade with your t-shirt wardrobe. It’s much easier than going full vintage. You just need to think in the silhouette of that decade and have a couple of key accessories down.
Fashion blogger Luanna Perez-Garreaux (@luanna90 on Instagram) has the ’90s down. And while a lot of her neo-gothic looks may not be every gal’s cup of tea, she has a remarkable way of contemporizing the grunge look. Mainly through use of fitted elements and a certain exactness that wasn’t apart of the scene back then. We love how she put together this over-sized tee over ripped jeans and added a choker and low-top Doc Martens. A touch of nineties; a touch of class.
Forties and Eighties
These two looks show just how versatile a great pencil skirt can be. Go for a glamorous 1940s inspired look by pairing a soft scoop-necked tee with a mid-length pencil skirt. Platform sandals and a structured bag complete this casual screen-siren look.
Take that same pencil skirt (or a slightly shorter one) and match it with your favorite colored tee and jean jacket. Studded pumps and fun jewelry make give it that fun eighties vibe without going costumey.
While we could spend all day coming up with t-shirt pairings the whole idea is to keep it simple! So get out there, stock up on some great basic tees (hint, hint we’ve got plenty) and start experimenting!