Happy Friday! Ana here with your monthly does of Pulling it Off, and today I’m talking about everyone’s weekend favorite: the tee shirt. I wanted to take the classic tee out of it’s casual movie-on-the-couch role and give it a little bit of a dressier twist. And thanks to my gorgeous model Kerri and super talented photographer Kate Stafford, I got to do just that! Check out both looks we shot below and get ready to give some new life to your favorite old tees.

I loved this shoot because we got to go to one of my favorite Austin shops, Nannie Inez! The owner, Deeyn, has a great eye for home design and accessories and the shop is brimming with inspiration and her gorgeous finds from around the world. For this first look, we paired a midi skirt, which comes just below Kerri’s knee, with a wide belt and simple flat sandals. This is a perfect look for Saturday errands or even a Friday at work if your office does Casual Friday. I love a wide belt because it does a lot to accentuate the waist, which is important since we’re working with a loose tee and tucking it into a skirt — that creates a bit of extra bulk and we want to cinch it in.

I adored this second look on Kerri. We took a dressier silk wrap dress and put the tee shirt under it, then added a classic panama hat and those same flat sandals to find the right balance of casual and dressy. I love the sleeves of the tee just peeking out of the dress. I feel like that does just enough to shake this look up and make it a little more interesting.

If you feel really daring, try a tee shirt under a strapless dress with a big pair of cocktail earrings for your next night out!

Notes on buying tee shirts: If you dry yours in the machine, I recommend  buying one size up since it gives you a little room for shrinking and still lets you have that loose, casual feel which is essential for that “perfect tee” fit. Likewise, pay attention to length. I have a longer torso so longer tops look better on me. Take those proportions into account when you’re trying on tops: do you want a longer cut? Shorter cut? Identify what’s right for you before purchasing!

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  1. 1
    Melody April 5, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I would love to know where to get the green wrap dress in the second look. I love it!

    • Ana Perkins April 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Hi Melody!

      Dress is by Maeve (a great line!) from an older season of Anthropologie, but I found one on eBay for ya. And FYI it runs bigger since it’s a wrap dress—I am typically a 4 or 6 and the 2 fits me just fine, so size down 🙂

      here’s the link! http://bit.ly/10EREel

      Thanks for reading!

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    Katie April 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Where is the skirt from? It’s gorgeous!

    • Ana Perkins April 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Hi Katie! Skirt is old Anthropologie, but I found a bunch on ebay right now in almost every size: http://bit.ly/10jSBLK

      I also bought mine secondhand at Buffalo Exchange—such a good score:) Happy shopping!

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    Katie O'Keefe April 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love pairing simple t-shirts with full skirts, or with jeans and a big statement necklace. Your looks are so cute! Love it 🙂

    • Ana April 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Love a statement necklace with a tee!Might have to do a Pulling it Off statement jewelry addition:)

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    Jennifer Rose Smith April 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love both looks! Kerri is absolutely the cutest. Those shoes are darling.

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    Sarah | Sarah The Architect April 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love this idea to dress up a simple t-shirt!

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    FripperyVintage April 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I really want a Panama hat!

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    Chanel Dror April 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Kerri looks amaze, the photos are fab, and the concept is perf. Love, love, love!

    • Sha April 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

      You certainly found the perfect model to reflect this inspiring idea.

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    Elizabeth April 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Such cute looks! I love the ease of dressing up a tee with a skirt, and that panama hat… I think it’s time I stopped by J.Crew to pick up my own 🙂 Love it!

    • Ana April 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      J.Crew makes such a classic Panama—it’s where we got the one in this shoot!

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    April April 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I too would like to know where is that skirt from? Its adorable!

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    aiyanajane April 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    both looks are so gorgeous, i love the floral skirt and the khaki green dress!
    xo, aiyanajane

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    danielledanko April 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I love that skirt! A tee + a cute skirt + belt + flats is actually my go-to summer look for the office. It’s easy, but it makes you look so put together! Where are the shoes from?

    • Ana April 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      The shoes are from Madewell and they fit true to size. You’ll wear them everyday! Get em here: http://bit.ly/Z7iMo5

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    Deeyn April 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Wow, this turned out so lovely!! Kerri looks awesome… as usual!! Great styling Ana and I can’t get over how great the Bamboo chair and Pillows look next to look #1

    • Ana April 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you for everything Deeyn! Bamboo chair looks amazing indeed 🙂 xo

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    Megan April 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    beautiful photos!

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    Jamie Herzlinger April 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    love this photos! great ideas on how to wear our favorite tees!

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    Candice April 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Can’t get over that skirt – I love mixing the casual tee with a dressier piece!

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    Chelsea April 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Kerri is GLOWING in the wrap dress with the blue back drop. Kate and Ana, you did an amazing job!

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    Becky April 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I love this post, thank you so much!

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    Meagan April 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I’m such a tee shirt gal. I love the idea of dressing it up to make my weekend tee just a bit more special. Look forward to this column every month!

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    Channing April 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I love trying to pull off this look. Everything is so much easier when your in a comfy T-shirt.



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