My New Favorite Outfit: Building A Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Shirt Essentials

Monday, April 21, 2014

Building A Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Shirt Essentials

This week I'll be continuing my Building a Wardrobe: Spring and Summer Addition. On the first day I discussed layering essentials, next I discussed pants and shorts, then dresses, and today I'll share my thoughts on essential shirts to add to your wardrobe this Spring and Summer. Here were my thoughts on Fall and Winter essential shirts, if you want to take a look.

When it comes to adding shirts this Spring, I think it's important to think about buying shirts that you can wear alone or layered.  I tend to steer clear of thin tank tops as I get older because I just don't feel comfortable wearing them alone anymore.  Instead I tend to buy short sleeve and sleeveless shirts.  Here are the one's I suggest adding:

  • Purchase a few bright colored tops that have some sort of detail to make them special. like lace, a pretty collar, or stitching details to make the shirt stand out.  Shirts like this can be great for work or weekend and you can wear them without any layers and still feel put-together. Get these in coordinating colors to other pieces you're adding, these will be bases you can pull from often, so make sure the colors match your wardrobe.
  • I'd also recommend getting a white and/or cream top with details too.  I prefer this to a standard tee, although there is nothing wrong with that either.
  • I'd also recommend a couple of striped shirts, black and white is great.  I really like the sleeveless one's as they'll be great under blazers for work or cute on the weekend with a pair of bright ankle pants.
  • Lastly, I recommend a sleeveless chambray.  Chambrays are such great classic pieces and having a sleeveless version will be very versatile this summer.  
  • After making this I realized I didn't add in any print tops. I would suggest get a great floral or print top to too.  Since layers don't always work during the Spring/Summer a great print can really make an outfit stand out.

stripe shirt / navy top / cream top / coral / chambray top / shripe sleeveless shirt

Today I'm wearing one of the options listed above, a bright colored shirt.  I recently found these cobalt pants at Loft for $4. Yep, in Loft.  $4.  Thank you to whoever returned these bad boys after letting them hang in your closet all winter.  I really liked them, but didn't really want pants, so I altered them into ankle pants instead.  Then I went to my Pinterest board and looked for some inspiration for styling.  What do you know, Tara knew exactly how to wear these.  I love how this look came together and am so happy to have these pants in my closet. 

Blazer: Cynthia Rowley (TJ Maxx) similar
Top: Express: same
Pants: Loft similar
Necklace: Edith Marie same
Bracelets: Style This Life  same c/o and Stella and Dot
Heels: Nine West same


  1. This area all must haves! Love that bright green with the stripes. Gorg look


  2. Great post Ginny and I love today's outfit, I have all the pieces to re-create it. Great color-blocking. Such nice essential shirts too. I want everything in the first row.

    Ada. =)

  3. Love your of my favorite color combos!

  4. Love all this together! What a pretty necklace! I completely agree that having tops with nice details like lace or other details makes the whole outfit look more put together! Great tips and tops Ginny! ;)

  5. the striped blazer is fabulous ginny! and of course i love a good combo of color..the green and blue is beautiful on u!

    XO Meghan
    citrus fashion

  6. I love the bright green and cobalt together! I think I need to get myself a chambray sleeveless blouse for the summer.

    The Tiny Heart

  7. Love this outfit Ginny!!!! What a great price on those pants!!! I love mixing green and blue. I need to do it!!!! The striped blazer is a must have in a wardrobe!!!!


  8. These are all great essentials. And I love the outfit. Those pants are so great on you, great idea to make them ankle!

  9. These colors look great together. Love the striped blazer with the bright green.


  10. What great deal on those pants! $4.00!!! Love the altered look!

  11. Such a gorgeous necklace!! and $4 pants?! amazing.


  12. As always looking good and good tips. Rachel xo

  13. Blue and green is a favorite mix, and I love your striped blazer. These are great blouses that will work layered in the spring and on their own in the summer. I should totally get a sleeveless chambray to add to my chambray family, hehe.
    Chic on the Cheap

  14. The green top and striped blazer are a perfect pair! Great look!

  15. I love the color combo of your outfit, but I must say, those pants look really big on you. I'm not trying to be mean, it just looks like you could have gone down a size or get them more fitted by a tailor?