The band tee — it’s a closet icon and bonafide style essential. No wardrobe (or capsule wardrobe, for that matter) is complete without one. Like your favorite white t-shirt, it’s incredibly versatile, and the effortless-chic factor is so there. Teamed with lived-in jeans, a leather jacket and a fresh pair of Stan Smiths, it’s the epitome of off-duty cool, which is exactly why it’s a major component of your weekend uniform. And while the wear-with-anything top isn’t exactly the picture of elegance, it has major potential beyond gigs at your favorite bar, lazy Saturdays spent on the couch and chill sessions in the park. This week’s Style Resolutions is looking beyond the band tee’s rocker roots and showing you three fresh ways to wear it all season long — including at the office — because any opportunity to don your coziest duds must be seized.
How to Wear a Band Tee for Work
Sure, button-downs are classic, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to don the traditional topper for the rest of eternity. Step into your comfort zone come Monday by putting a tried-and-true band tee at the center of your work-week ensemble. Balance out the nonchalant vibes with tailored trousers that mean business, but don’t settle for simple silhouettes and neutrals. Zip-front culottes in a vibrant turmeric hue keep your look feeling contemporary cool, while bringing a pop of fresh color. Ditch the blazer for a longline kimono with intricate embroidery to combat unpredictable office temps and deliver an unexpected element of polish and sophistication. Go urban boho on the accessories front for a free-wheelin’ feel, with details like a technicolor tassel collar and platform peep toes that will send your plain black pumps packin’.
Topshop Nashville Washed Tee ($28) + C/meo Collective Stay Cool Pants ($180), Zara Hand Embroidered Kaftan ($169), Urban Outfitters Valerie Heel ($69), Mango Tassel Necklace ($36), Otaat/Myers Collective Ring Pouch ($150), Kari Gran Jolene Tinted Lip Whip ($20)
How to Wear a Band Tee for a Night Out
Why should bodycons and LBDs have all the fun? Your band tee is the obvious choice for on-the-town agendas where battle of the bands and beers at your fave micro brewery rule supreme, but trust us — you’ll want to add it to your dance-floor repertoire too. Teamed with a distressed denim midi skirt and high-shine kicks, this underrated piece will earn you the title of coolest girl under the disco ball. A patchwork leather jacket with tough-girl appeal is a given – because, duh — but get playful with the extras, taking a pass on fringe-flecked bags and streamlined styles for a fruity clutch that is anything but short on personality, and treat yourself to a deep blue mani, done up half-moon style.
Topshop Nashville Washed Tee ($28) + Cheap Monday Hiro Skirt ($100), Zara Faux Leather Badge Jacket ($129), ASOS Mavis Flatform Lace Up Shoes ($65), Nasty Gal Bite Me Crossbody Bag ($58), Fine Life Co. Circa Ring ($38), Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Kings & Thieves ($18)
How to Wear a Band Tee for the Weekend
Band tees and jeans are a match made in sartorial heaven, but to make your off-duty style really stand out, you’ll need to think outside the box. These frilly crop flares are just what the doctor ordered, and what your Saturday style routine has been missing. Slip ’em on with platform slingbacks and a denim jacket for an elevated weekend look that’s ready to take on everything from brunch with the girls to casual dinner dates with bae. Before you head out the door, knot a silky scarf around your neck and sling a Jane Birkin-approved straw bag over your shoulder for an Insta-ready finish.
Topshop Nashville Washed Tee ($28) + Front Row Shop Black Flare Crop Pants ($56), H&M Denim Jacket ($35), Lost Ink Noat Flaform Wedge Sandals ($55), No. 6 Dark Red Half Moon Bag ($135), Urban Outfitters Cotton Patterned Square Neck Scarf ($12), J.Crew Gold-Plated Ram Bracelet ($88), Free People Two-Tone Abbey Road Sunglasses ($20)
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