Thursday, October 29, 2015

3 Ways to Wear a Graphic Tee (The Home T)

Years ago, well before I started blogging, I was super into graphic tees.  I had a huge collection, but I only ever wore them very, very casually with jeans, flats, and a cardigan.  Little did I know they could also be dressed up, made softened or tough, or be glammed up--if you have the right one.

Today I'm showing three different ways to wear a graphic tee, and I'm excited to do it featuring this Home T!

You might have seen The Home T on Shark Tank (my mom loves that show), but in case you haven't, The Home T makes shirts for all US states so that you can rep your state with pride or have a little piece of "home" even if you live elsewhere now.  See them all HERE.  They also make tees for Canada!

You can get them in black or grey and in v-necks, crewnecks, baseball tees, tanks, hoodies, and more.  They're suuuuuper soft, made in the USA, and on top of it all The Home T donates 10% of their profits to multiple sclerosis research.  I love repping my home state, but I love even more that it contributes to bettering the world!

(For sizing and care info see very bottom of post.)

This tee is so soft that I've been wearing it for nearly 2 weeks straight in some capacity.  Really!  Like, I'll change out of whatever I'm wearing and throw on THIS outfit (sans grandpa cardigan) for quick errands or when I pick up Addie from daycare.  However, there are plenty of other ways this tee can be worn!

1.  Casual & Comfy 
The first look is super casual and comfy for fall with booties and a patterned sweater cardigan.  This version or the look I linked to earlier on Instagram with my white perforated sneakers is my favorite for being on-the-go.  The graphic tee plus some "real" shoes make the outfit cool and stylish, but you're just in jeans and a t-shirt!

Shop for the Look:
Tee: c/o Home T (exact)
Cardigan: Target (exact, wearing size M)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Boots: Clarks c/o Zappos (exact, wearing 9)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)

2.  Fancy Casual with a Skirt
Next up is a softer look with lighter colors and pastels.  Color palette aside, you can try pairing this tee with a skirt, whether a-line or pencil or some other shape.  I was thinking of pairing it with my black and white striped jersey pencil skirt and tan flats or black leather skirt with cobalt pumps too.  

For this look I tucked it loosely into the waist of the skirt, though you could also tie the tee into a knot on the side over the skirt.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: c/o Home Tee (exact)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar)
Skirt: ASOS (exact)
Shoes: H&M
Watch: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (exact)

3.  Chic for a Night Out
Lastly, I dressed up the tee for a night out.  I did a "tougher" look with a leather jacket and hammered metal statement necklace.  And of course, leopard print pumps because, why not?  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: c/o Home T (exact)
Jacket: c/o Shein (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (exact)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)

Sizing Info & Details
Fits TTS according to the The Home T's size chart.  My bust measures 34" and I got this in Small.  It's roomy on me, which I wanted, rather than form-fitting tight.  The sleeves are a little longer than I prefer, but I just roll them up which adds a nice detail to the outfit anyway.

The Small is about 27" from the shoulder to the hem.  That's pretty long for me as I have a short torso, but I either fold it up (like last outfit pic) or just let it bunch up at my hips (first outfit pics) and somehow with this tee, letting it bunch actually looks fine whereas that's not the case with other tees.

They make crewnecks as well, but as for the v-neck, the neckline is on the higher end which is actually great for my smaller chest.  Usually my chest doesn't fill out shirts and when I bend over you can see down my shirt entirely (which is why I tend to wear camis under everything), but that's not a problem with The Home T!

It's 50% cotton, 50% polyester.  Machine wash cold and tumble dry low.  I've washed and dried it in the machine and have not had problems with shrinking.

Overall, I TOTALLY, TOTALLY, TOTALLY recommend this shirt if you are thinking about it at all!  Head over to Home T and take a look!

P.S. For my fellow Californians, there's also a tee that says, "hella" instead of "home" right HERE.  As a Bay Area native, it was hella hard for me to resist that one!  ;)   

created in partnership with The Home T

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