I ask a lot from my wardrobe.
I ask that it magically offers up something stylish, yet practical and … dare I say it … comfortable. EVERYDAY.
I don’t ask much, do I?
The thing is, if I didn’t ground my wardrobe in good wardrobe basics, then no amount of asking, or shouting for that matter, would offer up any outfit magic.
One of the winter must-have basics that my wardrobe could not do without is the 3/4 or long-sleeve cotton rib tee.
These are the masterminds behind my love of layering. They are the pieces that extend my trans-seasonal tops, tunics and dresses into a variety of winter options. At a minimum, I need two black and two white tees. For more fun, I add a few seasonal colours in there as well.
Sound too easy, doesn’t it? What’s also super easy is that this year I’ve already been able to stock up on these tees for just $5 each, thanks to Emerson at Big W.
I’ve talked about these tee before and I’ll be back on The Circle tomorrow talking about them again*.
So I thought I’d de-construct the outfits featured on The Circle here for you to understand how the one tee really can be transformed into three very different outfits for three very different occasions.
… But before I do, here are a few photos from behind the scenes of the shoot.
The advertorial was filmed at Sydney’s Channel Ten studios. It was a bit of a crazy morning as the channel’s new Breakfast Show had decided to start a few days early on account of Kevin and Julia’s rumblings (that seems so long ago, now doesn’t it?). So there I was sitting in the hair and makeup room getting all prettied up when in strolls Andrew Rochford. Yep, the
hot very good looking doctor dude from The Project and the new show. I, of course, remained all cool and calm, busily studied my script and resisted my natural blogging instinct to pull out my iPhone and ask for a quick photo together.
But enough about me and my missed photo opps … back to those $5 tee outfits.
1. Mum on the move: This is me most days. I don’t want anything too fussy but I do want to look stylish. By layering two of the $5 tees (a 3/4 sleeve over a long sleeve) together you immediately give this outfit a lift, add to it a necklace, scarf and some leopard print loafers and you’ve got an outfit that packs a style punch. Oh, and BTW, the jeans are $9. Yes, they are.
2. Off to work: I’m completely in love with this style of skirt. Its a-line shape is universally flattering. Here we’ve made it the feature piece but added to it the $5 tee, a necklace, a red bag and some black heels. If you’ve got a bigger bust line, then I’d suggest opting for the v-neck tee.
3. Out with the girls: I love a girls’ night out as much as the next girl. With this outfit we’ve taken the pop colour trend of the season and worked the cobalt blue heels back with tones of black and grey. Yes, that’s the $5 tee in action again. This time it’s worn under a belted cardi and paired with a cute clutch.
These three outfits feature just four of the different colours, in which the 100% cotton Emerson $5 rib tee is available. The colours will vary in store throughout the season but each has been designed to work back with the other based around the Emerson Big W winter palette of colours.
Big W has women’s fashion covered: Emerson is available in sizes 8-16; and the Avella range caters for sizes 18-26. To find your nearest Big W store, phone 1300 244 999 or head to www.bigw.com.au
*If you missed me on The Circle two weeks ago, I’m on tomorrow morning (March 16). And if you’d like to ask me a specific style question about how to create a look to suit you from the Emerson range, then I’d love you to pop over to the Big W Facebook page after the show finishes tomorrow morning from 11.30-12.30 AEDST.