T-Shirt Savvy

September 7, 2010 10:07:13 AM PDT
T-shirts have come a long way. No longer are they just for lounging around, they are now wardrobe staples for men and women that can be worn with just about anything and for every occasion. Allison Krupp from the Arboretum of South Barrington says you can build a stylish fall look around a T-shirt. She shows us how while showcasing fashions for men and women from stores at The Arboretum of South Barrington including Francesca's Collection, Charming Charlies, Coldwater Creek , Soft Surroundings, and Jos A Banks.

The Arboretum of South Barrington is located at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington, less than a mile from the four-way interchange at I-90 at the intersection of Illinois Routes 59 and 72. For more information visit www.ShopTheArboretumSB.com or call (847) 426-6200.

Model 1
Look: Day-time, casual but put together look for a woman
Clothing from: Coldwater Creek and Charming Charlie

  • A t-Shirt dress is one of those items you can transfer from Summer to Fall in a snap
  • Toss on a bright or patterned scarf to add a pop of color and a denim jacket to transition into cooler weather.
  • Accessorize with a belt to cinch the waist and give the dress a shape
Model 2
Look: Night out - Male
Clothing from: Jos A. Banks and American Eagle
  • Wear a black blazer with dark denim to dress up daytime jeans
  • Pair the items with a graphic tee - they are making a comeback this fall
  • We've seen this look a lot in Fall Fashion Week preview pages
Model 3
Look: This look can be taken from day to night. Skirt is paired with plain white t-shirt and a boyfriend blazer
Clothing from: Francesca's Collections and American Eagle
  • This is a great transition outfit that can work at the office and be taken into the night for after dinner drinks
  • A simple boyfriend blazer can be paired with your summer skirts and dresses to take the look into Fall
  • You can make this look casual with flats or add heels and darker make-up like you see here done by Spa Bleu for a night out
Model 4
Look: University, weekend casual
Clothing from: American Eagle Outfitters
Talking Points:
  • Just in time for back to school, Charles is sporting the University look
  • A form fitting t-shirt, sweatshirt and jeans makes all the difference between a sloppy and put together
  • This is perfect for running from class to class during the week or a casual weekend outfit for running errands
  • Horizontal stripes were popular all summer long and you'll see that trend continue into the fall
Model 5
Look: Casual daytime/weekend, graphic t-shirt to provide a pop of color with fall neutrals and statement necklace
Clothing from: Francesca's Accessories and American Eagle
  • The most comfortable, casual look this fall continues to be rooted in leggings
  • The graphic t-shirt provides a pop of color and adds depth
  • The long cardigan and statement necklace pulls the look together


The Arboretum of South Barrington
100 W. Higgins Road (Higgins & Route 59)
South Barrington, IL 60010

Francesca's Collections
Website: www.francescascollections.com
Phone: 847.426.1847

Charming Charlie
Website: charmingcharlie.com
Phone: 847.551.8909

American Eagle
Website: www.ae.com/web/index.jsp
Phone: 847.551.3702

Jos A Banks
Website: www.josbank.com
Phone: 847.836.8104