Sunday Best: v. 11: A New Way to Style Too-Tight Tees

Please tell me I’m not the only one who owns cotton tees that are just a little too snug, maybe from the wash or maybe because you bought them slightly too small, but you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of it because who likes buying basics?

So maybe I’ve narrowed my audience down to a few lone people, but hey ladies, this post is for YOU! Welcome. Thanks for coming. There’s buffalo chicken dip in the family room. Help yourself!

Anyway. I bought a “Blog So Hard” tee from Whitney’s blog I Wore Yoga Pants to Work during the first month she started selling fabulous blog t-shirts back in November. I ordered a size small and really should have sized up and ordered a medium. My pride (and my wallet) said I needed to suck it up (or in) and wear it anyway. Remember this look?

Plaid Infinity Scarf Blog So Hard Tee Skinny Jeans Navy Blazer Boots 2

Ahhh layers. Wearing it under a blazer made it a little easier to hide the fact that it was probably a little snug.

After a few washes, this cotton tee looks perfect for an American Girl Doll. Alright, so I’m exaggerating, but it was about time I get a little creative and figure out a new way to style a too-tight tee. Here’s what I came up with:

Layer a graphic tee over a patterned dress and finish with a knot for an easy summer look

Layer a snug tee over a dress and knot at the waist

Tee: I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
Dress: Pavement
Sandals: TJ Maxx
Earrings: NY & Co.

By layering the tee over a dress and knotting it at the waist, I was able to create a slim, casual summer look, perfect for a hot Sunday out and about. Obviously, layering a tight tee over just any ol’ dress won’t work, so aim for ones without any embellishments or extra fabric at the top and one that will do well from the waist down. I suggest any fit and flares or defined-waist dresses. This is where you can have loads of fun with patterns, colors, and textures! Give it a try to see what works for you. Other options could be belting instead of typing into a knot, tucking into a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants, and–gasp–cutting into a CLASSY crop top (but be very careful with this! Cut too much off and you’ve lost your tee).

During last week’s Sunday Best, @readwriteteachstyle was the most clicked on post! She was our brave Instagrammer who has linked up her fabulous teaching looks. Be sure to hop over and say hi!


And now it’s your turn! Let’s see YOUR Sunday Best:

The Modern Austen


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Hi! I'm Marissa. I'm a twenty-something dedicated to living life positively, sharing inspiration, developing my best self, and dressing the part. You can find me diving into a good book, looking for the ideal swing dancing partner, swooning over fabulous typography, or doing something ridiculous for blog's sake.

20 thoughts on “Sunday Best: v. 11: A New Way to Style Too-Tight Tees”

  1. Yay! Thanks for the opportunity to share through IG as well. I don’t have the time or patience for blogging ( all you who do are amazing in my eyes).

    Also I love your idea and think it could work with the crop top I accidently bought too.

    1. You can thank inlinkz for that! I think it’s great that you do so much through your fabulous IG account! In fact, you probably do just as much work as a blogger and I’d consider you one anyway! And oops about the crop top–hope this is a good solution for you!

  2. I have so many too-tight T-shirts that I have some high school and refuse to get rid of (because I hoard sometimes) I normally style them under layers too! oops! I like this new way to style them though!!

  3. I have a similar problem and am planning on wearing my tight tees tucked into high waist skirts. Have you tried letting the tee sit in cold water with a cap full of hair conditioner in it? I’ve heard that will un-shrink clothes.

  4. I un-shrunk some rayon tees by gently stretching them out as they air dried. It worked wonders, and I didn’t soak them in anything special first, either. Just be careful to stretch evenly so they don’t lose their shapes!

    1. Tying it was the hardest part! I tried to twist it as tiny as I could and knotted it just barely so. The first time I did this I had to use a clear elastic to tie it together, but this can come undone a lot easier, so bring a spare elastic with you or you’ll have a misshapen shirt!

  5. That is a cute T-Shirt, perfect for a blogger, but I am in love with your royal blue anchor dress – so pretty. Nice way you layered here. I got blue on my mind too. Check out my new H&M Dress. Thanks. =)

    Hope your Holiday Weekend was great, Marissa. =)

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