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We're Anything But Basic





Let's talk about an easy summer staple that will keep your wardrobe fresh and inexpensive for summer. A simple way for me to build a wardrobe over the years for me and my daughters has been to have closet staples like basic tees and tanks. These items give you the ability to rotate with different bottoms or layer with other pieces from season to season, allowing you to instantly create a new look with little effort. Next to my jeans, I think these are the item I have the most of in my closet.


My go to colors are white, black, and gray, but I'm guilty of sometimes having several colors of the same basic tank because I can switch things up in an instant. I like pairing them with jeans, joggers, skirts, and shorts. While neutral tank tops are definitely a must have for your closet, tanks are also an easy way to add a bit of color to your wardrobe with minimal effort. If you're anything like me, I tend to skew more toward basic neutral colors in general. However, my tanks have allowed me to try different colors I was uncertain about for myself without spending a lot of money. I have colors like hot pink, coral, and yellow. These are not colors I keep in my main wardrobe rotation, but the tanks allow me to venture outside my comfort zone and play around a little. Did I tell you I actually ended up liking these colors?



Now, if you're a color lover, then tank tops are also an easy way to add a stylish pop of color or print to an outfit. I have an animal print tank that's been around for a couple of years, and it shows no sign of going out of style yet. Tank tops can also be dressed up or down depending on the mood you're in. You can wear them with a nice pair of slacks or the trendy linen pants everyone is raving about. Once you add your jewelry and your fun shoes, like a heel or wedge sandal, then date night is in full effect.



These items also go on clearance all the time and come right back around the following season. A couple of years ago, I purchased about five tank tops on clearance for my daughter at Walmart for one dollar, and the following year, the same clearance sale came back, selling the tanks for about four dollars. Now four dollars isn't a budget buster, but a five-dollar total versus a twenty-dollar total sounds great to me.




My go-to tanks that come in different styles and many colors are found at JCPenney in their a.n.a line. I love the fit, the different lengths and style options, and of course the price. They have a thickness to them which keep them from being too sheer, and you can wear your bras nicely underneath them. This past winter they had so many on clearance that I bought 2 of each style and color I wanted. Of course, the price was right, but this is how I stock up to have what I need season after season. It felt real good pulling those tanks out a couple of weeks ago.


So, while you're working on that wardrobe for the remainder of the season, don't be afraid to keep it basic. It won't be long before the weather starts to change yet again, and something as simple as a tank top can be used now as well as for the cooler weather. They're a great layering piece for your hot weather kimonos—and your soon-to-be cool weather sweaters. Play around with some colors or keep it neutral, just make sure you don't leave this staple out the closet.


What's your favorite basic piece of clothing you can't live without?


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