I’ve had a number of readers asking for more everyday wear. One reader put a fine point on it with the following question, which encapsulated the general thrust of other similar queries:
I’m looking for everyday tops for around $100 or less. I have three little ones and I’m OK spending more on dresses but everyday tops seem to have a shelf life in my house, but I still want to look cute. I feel like ti’s either Target or Anthro but nothing in between!
I so hear this! I am going to answer this in three separate categories: everyday blouses; everyday tees; and everyday sweatshirts. Nearly all of these picks are under $100 with a few going up to $130. If I am looking ahead to a full day of parenting/errand-running/writing, I usually reach for cotton tees/sweatshirts, especially in the winter, though I would make an exception for this soft, gauze-like top from J. Crew I just ordered (imagine how cute with trending khakis). All of those items are soft, warm, easy to launder–just what I prefer to wear when I’m feeling cold. In the spring months, or when I have plans to see other people, I reach for a fun blouse or button-down — but nothing too fancy I’ll cry when the children splatter it with paint or approach me with berry-stained fingers.
Everyday Blouses Under $130.
01. BODEN CROCHET TRIM BLOUSE // 02. MARIA DEL ORDEN BLOUSE // 03. EMERSON FRY BLOUSE // 04. CASLON FLORAL BLOUSE // 05. J. CREW FRESCO TOP // 06. J. CREW LIBERTY FLORAL BLOUSE // 07. DOEN FLORAL BLOUSE // 08. HYACINTH HOUSE FLORAL BLOUSE // 09. THE SHIRT BY ROCHELLE BEHRENS // 10. EVERLANE BOXY OXFORD // 11. OPHELIA AND INDIGO BLOUSE // 12. BANANA REPUBLIC BLOUSE // 13. BODEN STRIPED BLOUSE
Everyday Tees Under $130.
I own many of these tops! I’ve written in-depth reviews of several of them here. I did finally order one of these $15 Uniqlo tees that people rave about — will share thoughts when it arrives! I’m not usually a big graphic tee gal, but some of these have a chic kitschy vibe that would look great tucked into high-waisted denim, paired with delicate gold jewelry, and finished with either ballet flats or cool sneakers.
01. KULE MODERN LONG TEE // 02. ATM ANTHONY THOMAS MELILLO BOY TEE // 03. ALICE WALK PULLOVER // 04. AYR TEE // 05. UNIQLO TEE // 06. KULE TURTLENECK // 07. MOTHER CALIFORNIA TEE // 08. MANGO TEE // 09. LA VESTE RINGER TEE // 10. LACOSTE POLO // 11. OUTDOOR VOICES EVERYDAY TEE // 12. MAISON KITSUNE FOX TEE (MORE SIMILAR STYLES FROM THIS BRAND AVAILABLE ON SALE HERE) // 13. COMME DES GARCONS PLAY TEE // 14. TARGET STRIPED TEE
Dressy Sweatshirts Under $130.
I have been getting a lot of wear out of my sweatshirts over the past few years — I’ve been especially drawn to nicer-quality solid half-zip sweatshirts layered over striped tees or turtlenecks for daytime. So comfortable, but a bit more polished than your usual fleece. I wrote a review of this $24 Target style last week here! I love it!
01. VARLEY CINCH-WAIST SWEATSHIRT // 02. SPANX AIR ESSENTIALS HALF-ZIP // 03. STRIPED BUTTON FRONT PULLOVER // 04. EVERLANE HALF-ZIP // 05. OLD NAVY HALF-ZIP // 06. PARK SLOPE TURTLENECK FLEECE // 07. AMAZON ESSENTAILS FLEECE // 08. TARGET POLO SWEATSHIRT
P.S. Remixable everyday style.
P.P.P.S. Things must end to begin again.