When we think of basics, our mind jumps instantly to the classic tee. They’re the essence of any wardrobe—those easy to match, wear-everywhere tops that know no bounds. But at times, it can seem like building a look around a t-shirt can feel a bit, well…basic. Take our word for it—it doesn’t have to be! The key is in how you style it, and while it’s no easy feat, we just so happen to know the perfect person to help guide us through the process: cabi’s Chief Design Officer Kat Woodside. Nobody knows knit clothing better than she does, and don’t just take our word for it—see for yourself! Check out this video for styling five of our favorite must-have tees from the Spring 2018 Collection, and start mixing and matching your way to anything-but-basic ensembles.
The Offhand Tee is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece in a creamy, light-hued heather that goes with absolutely everything.
Style Tip: “Liven up this hushed-tone tee with a bold print scarf. Wear it as a belt or around your neck for a midday quick-change!”
Featured Items: Offhand Tee, The Quest, Gallop Scarf, Tide Pool Bracelet, Marble Cardigan, Reebok Sneakers, Sam Edelman Sandals
Stripes are this season’s hottest knit trend and a must-have for every spring wardrobe. On top of that, the Bow Halter’s darling little bow detail at the neck creates the perfect statement-making top.
Style Tip: “There’s something just so elegant about this knit, and it really calls for a bit of an elevated look. Try flowy linen pants and bright-hued heels for an elegant take, or keep things casual with a jaunty Panama hat.”
Featured Items: Bow Halter, The High Slim, Lucy Cardigan, Angel Trouser, Tanner Trench, Sam Edelman Sandal, Vince Cameo Block Heel, Barney’s Zebra Pumps
Everything about the Taper Tee is oozing with vintage appeal, from the blush tones to the gorgeous draped lines that flow down from the V-neck.
Style Tip: “Double down on the vintage appeal with a Gucci hat or an Hermès-inspired scarf. Then, add a statement jacket and you’re ready for a fabulous ladies lunch!”
Featured Items: Taper Tee, Zip Skinny, Starfish Medallion Necklace, Tiptoe Sandals, Trumpet Cardi, Gallop Scarf, Valentina Jacket, Dakota Jacket, Gucci Bucket Hat, Zara Tote
The Ruffle Tank is the perfect casual complement to the Bow Halter’s flirty elegance. The asymmetric hemline creates a brilliantly unique peplum at the waist that will draw attention in the best kind of way.
Style Tip: “The Ruffle Tank’s uniquely gorgeous shape does most of the work, so keep your accessories simple. For that coveted, all-day look, just add your favorite sunnies and a pair of sandals and conquer whatever the day throws your way.”
Featured Items: Ruffle Tank, High Straight, Kiki Cardigan, Drop Sparrow Necklace, Tiptoe Sandal, Steve Madden Sandals, Casadei Platform Heels, Sunglass Hut Sunglasses, Kate Spade Bag
The Hangout Tee is a classic tee that goes with anything! We designed it with a scoop neck and a drop peplum for an absolutely gorgeous twist on this essential tee in a delicate hue.
Style Tip: “The perfect neutral palette—you can have so much fun playing with all sorts of styles when you start with the Hangout Tee. Channel your chic inner Spaniard with bolero hats and cropped jackets.”
Featured Items: Hangout Tee, Tied Up Sandals, Slim Boyfriend, Whistle Cardigan, Amelia Jacket, Flamenco Jacket, ASOS Felt Matador Hat, Michael Kors Sunglasses, Betsey Johnson Sandal, Zara Lace-Up Heel
In case you lost count, that was 20…yes 20 looks built around five fabulous tees. And, great news: that’s still just the beginning! With the most versatile collection of must-have tees we’ve ever put forth, we’re challenging you to find even more ways to wear these five basics. Leave your style ideas in the comments below—extra credit if you post to Instagram @cabiclothing.