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15 Not-So-Basic Tees You’ll Love For Summer

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What is your summer uniform?? Mine is a tee, jeans or shorts, and sneakers or sandals. But, I really love to spice up my summer style uniform with a ‘not-so-basic’ tee…I love t-shirts with interesting, standout details like ruffles, puff sleeves, cutouts, ruching, etc. It adds a little pizazz and pop to your look. It’s not always easy to find these standout staples so I wanted to share 15 of my favorite trendy tees to help you with your hunt…

Shop my favorite summer tops you can wear in all seasons, here. And tops that cover your arms (but won’t make you hot!), here.

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Elevated White Tee

If you are anything like me, you kinda get tired of the same old, same old. There is a place for your basic tee, but it’s really great to have options especially if you live a fairly casual lifestyle like I do. I strategically search for interesting t-shirts like this white pleated sleeve tee by See By Chloe. It’s a great example of a tee with interesting details…in this case, the billowy 3/4 sleeves. Unfortunately, this exact tee is sold out everywhere, but I linked a few similar options above. They all have the unique and special details I love in a casual tee for summer. I paired it with a pair of pinstriped Marissa Web shorts and a chunky gold Paco Rabanne statement necklace. But you could easily wear it front tucked into a pair of jeans with some sandals or even with a cute skirt. I wore this tee on my recent trip to Malibu and loved how versatile it was! If you need an elevated white tee for summer, you can’t go wrong with any of these options!

Find more of my favorite trendy tees for summer below…
And let us know in the comments below which tee is your favorite from our list!

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1

Versatile & Elevated Tee

A.L.C. makes such high-quality t-shirts and this tee has cute puff sleeves with elastic ruching.
2

With A Twist!

How cool is the twist front detail on this tee??
3

It's All In The Details

I love a good puff sleeve top and this one is perfect for summer with its 3/4 sleeves, breathable fabric, and eyelet sleeves for keeping you extra cool.
4

Team Favorite

LNA is a Team Busbee brand favorite when it comes to t-shirts. I have this one in black and just might need to pick up the white one too.
5

Deep V

Frame is another favorite brand. This tee has a very flattering, slightly deep V-neck and short dolman sleeves for a little elevated oomph!
6

Go High Or Low

This is another cool tee by Frame. The ruched and cinched front is adjustable so it can be longer or cropped depending on what you like best.
7

Sexy Cutouts

Side cutouts, a twisted back, AND a super flattering A-line silhouette...so good! Linked a similar option for less too.
8

Striped Tee

Did I mention I love Frame t-shirts??? This striped tee screams summer and would look great with white jeans or denim shorts.
9

Pop of Color

This tee comes in 12 colors but how pretty is this blue?
10

Super Soft Nation LTD Tee

A t-shirt roundup would not be complete without a Nation LTD tee. They are super soft, wash incredibly well, and always have cool details.
11

Tulip Sleeve

The tulip sleeve detail on this tee is really unique! It comes in several color options and it's incredibly affordable.
12

Tie Sleeve To Keep Arms Covered

Sometimes you just want a tee that will cover your arms in summer, but still keep you cool.
13

Feminine Ruched Sleeve Tee

I'm seeing a lot of ruched sleeves on tees going into summer! Here's another A.L.C. favorite.
14

A Little Lace

This Free People tee has a corset-style lace inset...love the feminine and edgy style combo!
15

My Favorite Tee!

I love the poplin tie sleeves on this Nation LTD tee! It's been a heavy hitter for me this spring and going into summer.
How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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One thought on “15 Not-So-Basic Tees You’ll Love For Summer

  1. HI,
    First off I love your blog! i like option #8 but noticed a review that the material is very thin and they worried that the upper sleeve area would rip easily. I noticed you were wearing this tee in one of your videos and was wondering about you thoughts?
    Thanks for what you do,

    Jamie

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