The best t-shirt dress

Spring outfit with striped t-shirt dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cotton box-cut tee dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Silk bomber jacket outfit with striped dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Vintage Coach City bag in British tan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black and white striped dress with bomber jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I've written before about my love for t-shirt dresses, despite the fact that they don't usually look like I wished they did on me. The t-shirt dresses I've tried in the past tended to cling to my stomach and emphasis my "pooch", which made me self conscious and was the main reason why I never wore them... That was, until I found this dress.

Truth be told, I didn't have high hopes for this $25 t-shirt dress from Everlane that was perfectly striped and fell at the exact point on my legs I was hoping it would. It seemed too good to be true! But, you guys, it's the perfect t-shirt dress. It's not so long and wide that it swallows me, and it manages to skim my body without emphasizing my belly pooch at all. I would wear this every day in the summer if a) I could wear a dress this short to work and b) it was socially acceptable. I've been enjoying wearing it during the evenings and weekends as the weather allows!

On a particularly gorgeous 70°F evening, I took this dress out for a spin with my black silk bomber jacket and cognac accessories for contrast (black, white, and cognac will forever be one of my favorite color palettes!). It was the perfect ensemble for a little shopping at the record store and then a late dinner at a new-to-us place downtown. 

For reference, I ordered this dress in a size small. I tend to take either an XS or small in Everlane depending on the item (see my reviews here). I purchased a size small because I wanted a little bit of extra room in this dress just in case it shrinks a bit in the wash. I'm really hoping it doesn't shrink, though; the fit right now is the best I could have hoped for in a t-shirt dress! 


OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana jacket c/o / similar by DSTLD (last seen here)
Everlane dress / exact or similar by H&M
Target sandals / old; similar by Steve Madden or from Selfridges
Coach bag / vintage; exact style on Etsy
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Triple play

Spring work outfit with layered denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer and denim spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earthies Tolo flats in navy — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer layered with denim vest and chambray shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Denim on denim spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Linen blazer spring outfit with chambray shirt and jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I've been feeling like I'm in a bit of an outfit rut recently. My outfits have been pretty simple this spring; 9 of the 19 I've blogged so far (not including this one) don't feature any sort of layering, which is fine (and what I've been wearing in real life), but it's not very exciting. ;) Normally in the spring, I have more outfit ideas than days to post them all, so it's kinda weird to be playing "catch up" and posting so many impromptu outfits! I think the fact that I've been shopping somewhat slowly this year is affecting my creativity, which I hate to admit because I don't like the idea that bloggers should only be posting new items to keep the interest of their readers. I've been trying to mix up my older pieces as much as possible, but how many times can you wear a pair of jeans with the same "type" of top...?

I digress. 

After the conclusion of my summer 10x10 last year, I got the idea to sandwich my denim vest in between my (sleeveless) chambray shirt and linen blazer; all three pieces had been included in my 10x10, but they weren't ever worn together. I don't think I've ever worn three items like this before at once! I didn't do the smart thing and try the outfit on prior to the day I planned on wearing it. The morning of, I debated for far too long about whether or not I liked the vest with this look, mostly because it's decently shorter than the blazer and the shirt underneath. I decided that I liked it enough to leave the house with it on.

What I love: the collar situation (the spacing of the vest and shirt is pleasing to my eyes) and the three different variations of denim (I almost decided on white skinny jeans for color contrast, but I think the dark denim works, too). What I didn't love: the length of the vest (it feels distracting since it's so much shorter) and how snug the blazer felt over the vest. Surprisingly, I didn't feel like I looked noticeably "bulkier" with the additional layer even though it felt more snug. This wasn't a home run outfit for me and I probably won't repeat it, but I'm glad I branched out and experimented a bit with my closet! Now I'm more inspired to play around with layers (as long as the weather cooperates). 


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / similar by Caslon or J.Crew
Madewell vest / exact (limited sizes) or similar (last seen here)
Madewell shirt / old; similar from Anthropologie or Macy's
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earthies flats c/o / exact style (on sale!) (last seen here)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Neighborhood hopping

Casual spring outfit with boyfriend jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane linen box-cut tee in indigo stripes — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped linen tee outfit with boyfriend jeans and sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with striped linen tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Boyfriend jeans outfit with sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

You may or may not have noticed that I've been taking my outfit photos in a variety of different locations lately. I think I whined every time we shot at our usual spot (a park) because after shooting there for so many months, it felt very uninspiring. Not to mention, most of my outfits call for an "urban" background to tie it together (in my opinion), and the park doesn't really offer any of those. Luckily, Korri has been on board with driving around, finding new places to shoot in different neighborhoods around town. It's a fun way to discover places we never noticed before! (It also helps that it's dark out late enough that we have time to do this after work! We may be headed back to the park once fall and winter roll back around...)

We've had some beautiful spring weather this month: a good mix of warm, sunny days and cooler, showery days (with some thunderstorms to keep things interesting). On one particularly warm day, I broke out a linen tee and sandals to wear to work with boyfriend jeans. Of course, I had to wear a cardigan while in my office (why are offices never properly climate controlled?!), but I'm grateful for the fact that my office is casual enough to wear an outfit like this. (I mean, no one has told me that I can't wear these jeans or my other pairs with raw hems, haha.)

I have a couple of linen tees from Everlane's previous linen collection (including the one featured here), and they just released some more linen in different styles and colors so you can bet I plan on placing an order or two! I'm trying to decide on the exact styles and colors I want... I have and love this tee in grey, so I'm thinking about buying it in black and olive. I'm also considering this long sleeved tee for cool summer evenings and this dress but am undecided on color! I normally avoid white linen, but I think it could be a nice option for a cover-up (or if I wore the long-sleeved tee over a black bra?). I think the grey stripes are pretty but also pretty sheer, so that could be a good cover-up, too. Ahh! Help! ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane tee / exact (review here)
Gap Factory jeans / old; similar by Gap or Old Navy
J.Crew belt / old; similar from Target
Madewell sandals / old; similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact