I have a passion for taking simple layering pieces and creating outfits with them that are both unique and casual yet fashion-forward. One of my favorite basic layering pieces is a solid colored tee-shirt. Whether I'm creating an eccentric ensemble or one that is more casual for everyday, a basic tee is essential. As many of you know, I'm always on the hunt for brands that are sustainable and ethical, which is why I was thrilled when ONNO, a sustainable and ethical tee-shirt company contacted me wanting me to check out their organic shirts.
When I received their package in the mail, I was excited. The packaging itself was made out of 100% recyclable materials showing their dedication to the environment; not only are the garments themselves sustainable, but so is the packaging.
When I pulled out the tee-shirts, I was immediately impressed with how soft they were. Instead of feeling cheap like the $2 shirt you can purchase from Forever 21, ONNO creates tees made out of the utmost quality with the best materials you can find: organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. Instead of pesticide-ridden fabrics, those that ONNO uses are safe to wear because they are grown without the chemicals that harm the environment in addition to our bodies.
ONNO sources their cotton through the "Better Cotton Initiative," a company which focuses on the "three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic." Additionally, in order to prevent pollution through overseas shipment, ONNO has been partnered with the "Carbonfree" program for ten years. This partnership helps offset the harm that overseas shipment poses to the environment.
ONNO ensures that the shirt that you are you wearing is sustainable while still being able to create a trendy outfit.
In addition to the quality in which the tee-shirts are made, ONNO's manufacturing is ethical and exceeds standards of most clothing manufacturing factories. ONNO has 20 employees who create the tee-shirts. Since they exclusively make ONNO shirts, they are professionals on the creation process which allows the shirts to be of the best quality.
"WE BELIEVE IN ETHICAL RELATIONSHIPS."
Instead of workers putting in insane amount of hours a day, ONNO employees work 8 hours a day with no overtime and have a place to reside in the nearby village. The workplace itself has an abundance of natural lighting and an outdoor area which includes plants and a reflection pool with birds and fish. Their work environment is serene and humane. Additionally, all employees have the chance to go home for lunch, via commuting by walking, motor-scootering, or biking; their workplace is easily accessible.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ONNO WORK ENVIRONMENT & THE EMPLOYEES AT WORK & ON LUNCH BREAK
So, instead of struggling to find a soft tee-shirt to become your new wardrobe essential, ONNO has you covered: sustainably and ethically.
Below, I show you SIX WAYS to rock a simple tee. Whether black, white or a colored, these looks will definitely earn you style points while wearing a tee that is good for our environment and good for the people who have made it.
P.S. IF YOU LOVE THE LOOKS THAT I CREATED AND WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON A TEE FOR YOURSELF, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE. KEEP READING FOR AN EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY!
A BLACK TEE
A black tee-shirt is almost as much of a wardrobe necessity as a LBD is. The ability to transform a look from day-to-night can be easily achieved with a simple black tee. Outfits can range from casual to chic and you can never go wrong with wearing all black; it's a stylish uniform for those who are fashion-forward and enjoy dressing with ease.
While wearing all-black is an industry fave, adding a pop of color takes the look to the streets and adds a bit of life to any ensemble.
GET THE BLACK ORGANIC COTTON AND BAMBOO TEE HERE.
LOOK NO.1 : SKIRT OVER A SKIRT
While a tight maxi skirt may be so 2013, layering a mini skirt over a chiffon maxi is so NOW. It's an unusual take on two individual pieces, but adds so much interest when paired with a simple black tee shirt. This ensemble is perfect for a casual night downtown or if you really wanted to wear that mini skirt, but really didn't want to have to shave your legs.
LOOK NO.2 : TEE UNDER SLIP? SO COOL.
If you have picked up a fashion magazine within the last few months, or have been on style-stalking designers or have been to any major clothing store, you would know that slip dresses are all the rage. While most are wearing them with a pair of gladiators, take your slip dress to the next level by wearing your tee underneath and adding a hat. Outfit goals? Heck yeah!
LOOK NO.3: THE MORE FRINGE THE BETTER
I truly believe that a fringe skirt will never go out of style. Similarly, never will a basic tee shirt. Which is why, when the two are paired together it creates this ultimate fashion-blogger-approved outfit — especially when worn with all-white sneakers. The fringe skirt elevates the look of a tee while the sneakers bring it back down to life. You can't go wrong with this look: movies, dinner, brunch, oh, my!
A COLORED TEE
For those of you who don't live in all-black like I do and want to take a step out of your personal style norm., or maybe you're a strong believer in color but never knew how to make it oh, so fashionable. No frets. A colored tee is a must for when you want to take your look to the next level and brighten up any look.
Muted colors are your best option. They can be worn with practically any color and any piece without looking like you stepped off the pages of a coloring book.
GET THE COLORED ORGANIC COTTON AND BAMBOO TEE HERE.
LOOK NO.1 : ONE MUTED COLOR + ANOTHER MUTED COLOR = A SUMMER "YES"
I never would have thought about pairing a light pink skirt with a muted purple tee in a million years. But, after digging through my wardrobe while putting together posts I stumbled upon this piece and thought, "Hey, maybe this would look cool." And, low-and-behold, it did! When two muted colors are paired together, it still looks cohesive without looking too flashy. Throw your hair up in a high pony and you're ready for the day!
LOOK NO.2 : A BOYFRIEND WITH SOME SPUNK
If you don't own a pair of boyfriend, girlfriend or even over-sized jeans in your closet, what are you doing with your life? Before they became trendy and before I discovered the boyfriend jean, I hardly ever stepped foot into a pair of denim let alone felt comfortable wearing them. But, this oversized ripped pair changed my life. I can bend down to pick up dropped articles without having to cringe when the waistband slips a little too low, such as a pair of skinnies do. But, most of all, when paired with a colored tee-shirt, the ensemble looks effortlessly chic.
LOOK NO.3 : I DARE YOU TO TRY THIS LOOK
For those of you who like to take a step on the wild-side of style, you MUST try this look. There's nothing simple about a simple-tee when worn with a funky slip dress and a faux leather mini. Maybe you have a night on the town, going to your favorite restaurant and want to retire your casual LBD for the night, this look will cause heads to turn and the mixture of casual pieces with edgy pieces is a major, "Yes!" Major style-points will be coming your way.
In order to help you recreate some of these looks, one lucky person will be able to win their choice of a ORGANIC COTTON + BAMBOO or a ORGANIC COTTON + HEMP tee shirt from ONNO!
HERE'S HOW TO WIN IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS:
1) Follow @brunettewithabudget on Instagram
2) Follow @onnotshirts on Instagram
3) Comment on @brunettewithabudget's Instagram post letting me know which look from this post is your favorite and you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win!
P.S.: YOU MUST BE 18-YEARS-OLD OR OLDER/HAVE YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION AND LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES TO ENTER (no international sorry)
THAT'S IT! GOOD LUCK!
For the official contest rules click here.
The tee-shirts shown in this post were sent to me for free from ONNO.
This post is NOT being sponsored and all opinions are my own.