Inspired by a recent walk through the mall, I couldn't help but marvel at the sheer volume of summer tees on the racks. Sure, some were your average, everyday white tees, but others seemed more special somehow. They were softer, sheerer, more luxurious in their casualness. Nab a few of these and you'll have a partner for everything from denim shorts to chic mini skirts.
At the top of my list: the Madewell Daybreak Tee ($39.50). It's described as "basically perfect," and that couldn't be more appropriate. Available in six colors, including the fabulous Borocay Blue seen here, it's made of linen jersey and falls gently and easily over the hips. Thanks to its rounded hem and V-neckline, it takes a decidedly more stylish approach to casual.
Yet one more way to show your stripes! The sleek lines on the J. Crew Sailor Boatneck Tee ($45) lend any ensemble a certain Parisian flair. Try it with slim jeans and flats for an instantly posh alternative to jeans and a tee, or break out of your comfort zone and pair it with a printed bottom for a playful mix.
You can't go wrong with big, brilliant panels of color during summer. The Limited's Colorblock Tee ($36.90) showcases one of the year's hottest trends, and it's the ultimate companion for white jeans or shorts.
There's something so lavish about a tee with a hint of sheen. Look to the Chiffon Overlay Lurex Stripe Tee ($29.90) by Express for this summer's answer to an effortlessly romantic, laid-back outfit. The sheer boxy outer layer looks so sophisticated over the sleeveless layer beneath, so it's perfect for dressing up your basics.