Well the first reason I believe is body type. It seems either very thin women or women who are at least thin on top look best is this look. My apple shape body type does not work well with this look. I have a large bust, heavy arms, and a thick midsection. Even if I'm at my lowest weight, I still am heavy in these areas. T-shirts simply do not flatter me.
The second reason this look works for some women and not others is accessories. Jo-Lynne Shane is famous for the "T-Shirt and Jean" look. I'd love to get a peek inside her closet to see how many different colored T-Shirts she owns. Even though her T-Shirt and Jeans outfits are so simple, she always looks so put-together. Why? Because she accessories with jewelry, a great pair of shoes, and a fabulous bag.
So even though I don't have Jo-Lynne's fabulous body, I thought I'd try a "T-Shirt and Jeans" look using her fabulous examples of great accessories.
I tried my T-Shirt and Jeans look first with a long beige cardigan (old) hoping it would draw attention away from my heavy top and help elongate my figure.
It's a short sleeve cardigan which is not the best for someone who has heavy arms because it stops at the heaviest point of my arm. However, it's a great sweater for these warmer spring temperatures when just a little extra cover is all that's needed.
Other than the cardigan everything else I'm wearing is new this season. The lace up tee is from JCPenney. I bought it on clearance for $3.97. All they had left was a size large so it's too big in the arm hole, but at that price I bought it anyway. It's a very sheer top that requires a tank top underneath, which will solve the large armhole problem as well.
The jeans are also from JCP. They are by Liz Claiborne.
I followed JoLynn's example of wearing a great pair of shoes, jewelry, and carrying a fabulous bag. By adding trendy accessories with your blue jeans and T-Shirt you look put together and ready to face the day and not like your headed to out to work in the garden. After all, who could ever garden in these shoes? 😃
It does help that this is no ordinary T-Shirt and it has some interesting detail that provide more interest to the simple ensemble. It has a lace inlet on the shoulders and a lace up front.
For jewelry I chose a simple blue and silver necklace and bracelet.
My bag however is the real show stopper in this outfit. I picked it up at CJBanks. Aren't the glitter sunglasses too fun?
I said you'd be seeing a lot of these shoes and I wasn't lying! They are just so cute and trendy, and they go with everything!
Looking at these pictures, I still don't think I look as put together as Jo-Lynne. I tried. Perhaps this is why I don't wear this look too often. However, the T-Shirt, Jeans + Great Accessories is a great formula to follow when you're pressed for time.
If you'd like more ideas or inspiration on how to wear a T-Shirt and Jeans, Jo-Lynne wrote a fabulous post HERE that goes into a lot more detail. You can also see a lot of pictures of all her T-Shirt and Jeans outfits if you type in "T-Shirt and Jeans" in her search box. When I read her post one thing that stuck out at me was "wearing a shirt with a good fit". She advised "Make sure the t-shirt fits you well. You don’t want it too short, you don’t want it pulling too tight across the chest area, you don’t want it too be too low-cut or too baggy or too tight".
Perhaps that advice is why I'm not crazy about this look on me. Because of my large bust, T-shirts tend to be too tight across the chest unless I go up a size; then they end up baggy everywhere else...like this shirt. Ugh! Someone needs to invent a t-shirt for large busted women! 😁
Oh well, if this T-shirt doesn't work for me to go out in, I could always wear it gardening. After all, it only cost Three Dollars and Ninety Seven Cents. 😊
Have a Great Day! Amy
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