6.29.2010

Outfit of the Week: Back to Basics/ Red, White, & Blue


This outfit was originally inspired by the fact that I couldn't find anything to wear. I decided to go back to basics, with a staple every girl should have in her closet: the white tee. As I constructed the outfit, I realized not only did I have a cute, versatile outfit, but it was actually patriotic for America's upcoming holiday. Serendipitous, indeed. 
Here's my inspiration board breakdown:
  • Basic white tee. Pay as much as you'd like, but the cheapo ones work fine for me. I suggest getting one a size or two bigger than what you wear. I could easily come up with a hundred ways and uses for the white tee. Don't forget a V-neck one as well.
  • These cropped jeans from American Eagle are super cute and comfy.
  • I love the colors in this scarf--reminds me of a watercolor painting. It's also patriotic!
  • These summer sandals are comfortable and don't overpower the rest of the outfit. Maybe wedges are more your style?
  • An armful of bangles adorn my tan arms. These pick up the colors in the scarf nicely.
  • Y'all know I love my makeup! I'd spritz on a little Clean perfume to match my basic and clean outfit.
  • My toes would have a classic red polish on them.
  • I love NARS lip gloss and this red color is just enough red for me, since I'm not brave about wearing red lips!
  • I gotta have my mascara, and this Pro-Curl XXL from Maybelline is really popular this summer.
So whether you're having a picnic, running some errands on a weekend, or just watching the fireworks, this Back to Basics outfit is perfect.

What's your favorite BACK TO BASICS outfit YOU wear? And for the Americans, what do YOU wear on the 4th of July?

64 comments:

  1. LOVE the scarf, this is such a cute outfit!

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  2. It's a great outfit! Do you really like Nars lip gloss? I think they smell weird...

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  3. I think it would be something like what you chose:) Great picks..That scarf is so me and I love tees and jeans:)
    Kisses darling and have a fun Tuesday:)

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  4. you did an amazing mix here dearie, love love, xoxo

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  5. Great, casual outfit for the 4th. USA!

    xx,
    Anna Jane

    http://seejaneworkplaylive.blogspot.com/

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  6. Cute! And perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday :)

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  7. Cute! I especially love the scarf!
    oxox
    Denalee

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  8. My back to basic outfit also includes a white v-neck! it's definitely a staple!! love that cute scarf you added!

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  9. That scarf is fantastic! I love the idea of a basic white tee with jeans and adding accessories to make the outfit stand out. This one absolutely stands out with the scarf and the bangles!

    I love this! And yes, perfect for the 4th of July holiday; it's not costume-y at all but a perfect tribute.

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  10. lately my jean jacket has been a basic I have been wearing over summer dresses

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  11. Aww, thanks for stopping by, Elle! It was great to see your comment. Wish you'd post OOTD on YOU! It's not that scary. :)

    I wish I had that outfit (from your polyvore today). I mean I'd wear it like twice a week!

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  12. Super cute... I've been dying to try some Nars lip gloss... I need to make that happen soon!

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  13. I really love the scarf! Great for the 4th :)

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  14. Really want to try that Nars red lipgloss!

    Great post!

    Thx for stopping by... :)

    xx
    Jen

    http://belledecouture.blogspot.com

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  15. Great post! I love basics with a splash of really cool accessories!
    www.poolovesboo.blogspot.com

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  16. This out fit is very similar to my go-to ensemble for the last 2 months! Boyfriend jeans are the best thing to happen to a woman's wardrobe in my opinion :o)

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  17. I love white t-shirts with a long scarf (http://sweetersalt.com/2010/06/18/americana/), such a cool look for summer.

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  18. Hi Elle - thanks for stopping by. My back to basics outfit is my favorite jeans, a tank and a boyfriend cardigan. Your blog is super cute. I can't wait to explore it more. XO AG

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  19. Ive been all about the red white and blue this summer because Ive really been into the sailor look!

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  21. I love how the scarf totally ties the outfit together in a wonderful way.

    And I LOVE how clean smells! It smells like a fresh shower and clean fluffy white towels, haha.

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  23. Very cute!! My basics are just jeans pretty much...and a tank top, haha :p
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  24. Thanks for entering the giveaway! I miss Atlanta! Lived there for the past ten years, and consider it home:)
    Love your outfit ensembleS!

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  25. Great outfit! On the 4th I usually don't wear patriotic colors. For no particular reason. I guess I should say I don't go out of my way on that day to dress in red, white, or blue.
    Thank you for stopping by!

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  26. Love this look Miss ElleSees, you are spot-on about the white tee! Now I'm off to find you on Polyvore, you are great at it!

    Sending you a smile,
    tp

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  27. The power of a white v-neck, right! I love mine! This outfit is great!

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  28. Love this little collection. I'm not brave with the red lips but I'd try the lip gloss for sure!

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  29. Since I have a closet full of striped things and penchant for nautical (i.e. navy and red), I can probably dig an outfit or two for the 4th. :o)

    Good on praising the oft-forgotten white tee, though. It's a staple for everyone and we probably all have a ton of them that don't get enough love.

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  30. super cute and comfy! it is very similar to my outfit on my blog, with a festive twist :)

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  31. Love the red white and blue casual look! I need to paint my nails red for this weekend :)

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  32. What a great post! I love going back to the basics when I can't figure out what to wear. And those sandals are adorable!

    Can't wait for the holiday weekend!
    Valerie

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  33. Perfection! You styled the white tee perfectly! Oh and I love Clean myself :)

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  34. This outfit is definitely perfect for a casual 4th of July! Love the scarf!

    www.sonysark.blogspot.com

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  35. Cute outfit, I really love the bangles and scarf! Not sure what I'm wearing yet for the 4th.

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  36. I ADORE this outfit and WANT IT!!!!! with the polish included :) xx

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  37. I love the mix of red and blue and the scarf is wonderful

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  38. I love this outfit! I think a plain white tee, jeans and flats are my back to basics outfit. Add some pretty jewellery and I'm done.

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  39. I love everything about this! From the scarf to the lip gloss. I think I'm wearing the exact nail polish color now.

    dailycupoffashion.blogspot.com

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  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! What a FANTASTIC outfit for the holiday weekend!

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  41. Love those bangels, I can't get enough of them!!

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  42. Sometimes basics are best - especially when it's sweltering summer weather. This summer, my goal is to perfect the berry stained lip look, I think it compliments a simple summer outfit perfectly.

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  43. sometimes it is good to go back to the basics.

    jen
    http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

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  44. This is almost exactly what I would wear! Love the scarf!

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  45. great outfit! very patriotic!!

    xo

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  46. ahhh this is SO CUTE!
    and so perfect for the forth of july!
    basic v neck t shirts are my favorite!

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  47. Beautiful! Like seriously, Fab!!
    bumped into your blog, glad i did.
    Quite a nice one you've got out there!

    Hope to see you on my blog some time.

    Happy blogging!

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  48. This is so darling -- the basics are really all that you need! I love this look because it shows a fantastic way to dress for the holiday without looking cheesy.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  49. That scarf is amazing. Really gives the outfit an extra something-something.

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  50. love this outfit! my 'basic' look is leggings and a long top :)

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  51. Quick ?.

    How does this (if you know) mascara compare to Diorshow? Just curious, because that's what I've been using, but I'm running out and need a new one (& it'd be super helpful if I could just pick it up @ Target...instead of driving to the mall)!

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  52. I love a great white tee- my closet is full of them. And I know the feeling of, "I don't have ANYTHING to wear..." all too well. Hate that!

    Love the sandals, and the way the scarf and the bangles give a great pop of color.

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  53. am on the constant hunt for the perfect white tee, and may have finally found it with the boyfriend v neck tee from target-loooove the longer but slim cut and perfectly white but not too sheer!

    http://asequindressatbreakfast.wordpress.com

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  54. Loving every inch of this outfit post, right down to the Clean perfume! xx

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  55. I completely plan on wearing red, white and blue on the 4th. and if that makes me a huge dork, then so be it. AMER I CAN!

    xoxo, Ashley

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  56. Cute outfit!
    Enter my giveaway? theurbanfashiongal.com

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  57. love this outfit! A pair of jeans, a white shirt and some stylish accesoires - every time a perfect look! Have a perfect day today! Greetings from sunny germany, geisslein

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