1 Tank, 1 Pair of Jeans, 5 Looks

1 Tank, 1 Pair of Jeans, 5 Looks

I love to create several looks from one basic outfit. It makes getting dressed so much easier when I know I can begin with a simple foundation and build from there.

In the last several months I have put together posts on this very subject. I’ve started with a few different foundations like a black top and black skirt, a white long-sleeved tee and white jeans and most recently, a black outfit featuring ponte pants that I turned into five get-noticed statement looks. I have also styled one specific piece, like a budget-friendly tunic, and styled it multiple ways.

Today I am taking a pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans from Gap (similar) and a silky tank top from Banana Republic in a pretty blush shade and creating five different looks.

Tank boyfriend Jeans

#1 Glam in Gold

For my first tank and jeans look, I wore a long gold brocade jacket I purchased a few years ago at a consignment shop. I love to wear this jacket with denim  – edges it up a little.

The gold herringbone chain necklace was given to me by my father-in-law recently. It once belonged to my husband’s mother, who is deceased. I was very close to her and am honored to wear a piece from her beautiful jewelry collection.

I carried my Louis Vuitton clutch, a birthday gift from my husband a few years back, and kept the rest of my accessories to a minimum.

Tank boyfriend Jeans with Dressy Jacket

These “Valentino on a Budget” pumps with a 2-inch heel and gold hardware are by I.N.C. at Macy’s. The pretty blush shade ties the tank in nicely. I was surprised how easy these pumps are to walk in and I love the not-too-pink color. It would work well as a neutral and you can’t beat the price. A tenth the cost of Valentino Rockstud pumps!

INC Carma Kitten Heel Blush

#2 Edgy in Black

For my next look, I wore a long kimono by Flynn and Skye with button and loop closure.

My Kay and Star tassel necklace helps to elongate my look and add some texture. I wore my Aquatalia booties that I bought in Seattle last fall. They have helped me get through this rainy winter in style. For my handbag, I carried my black Adora bag

Tank boyfriend Jeans with Tunic

This tunic is not for everyone. I am very tall – 6′ 2″ and it hits me well below my knees in the back. I love it and look forward to wearing it this summer with denim shorts and sandals.

Tank boyfriend Jeans with Tunic

#3 Boho Casual

It seems I can’t do one of these multiple outfit posts without a Boho outfit. Here, I layered my tank with a cropped sweater from Stella Carakasi.in an off-white color that brings out the pink of the blush top.

I wore a Janet Harrer geode necklace and carried a Steve Madden faux leather fringe bag I bought last fall in Las Vegas. My favorite hat, an Australian Outback style from Montecristi Panama Hats in Yountville, topped off my look.

Tank boyfriend Jeans Boho Casual

#4 Out on the Town

A waist-length tuxedo-style jacket and sexy suede pumps with ankle laces add an evening flavor to the tank and jean foundation. This jacket is trimmed along the bottom with chiffon fringe. So fun and flirty!


#5 Pops of Color

For a casual look with a pop of vibrant color, I wore my much-loved Stella Carakasi Discover Jacket with lace-up flats from Topshop (similar)….

Tank boyfriend Jeans with Biker Jacket

and carried my new Rebecca Minkoff clutch. My husband gave me a gift card to Nordstrom for Christmas. I had planned to be practical and buy some undergarments, running shoes, yoga pants and socks but when I saw this bag, I had an instant change of heart! Isn’t it darling? It comes with a long strap so it can be worn as a cross body and shoulder bag too.

Rebecca Minkoff Sofia Clutch

There you have it!

Five outfits that all started with a ripped up pair of jeans and a flowy tank top.


Reminder! The deadline for submissions to be featured in the next How I Wear My is February 1st. February’s theme is Rose Quartz or Serenity, the two Pantone colors of 2016. Send a photo of you wearing either or both colors to howiwearmy@yahoo.com and please be sure to include a description of  your look.

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See the How I Wear My page for more information. Jill and I can’t wait to see how you wear these gorgeous pastel shades of pink and blue!

I am linking up with #iwillwearwhatilikeVisible Monday and Shoe and Tell today!

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi pieces featured in this post were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.


  1. January 25, 2016 / 5:24 am

    That last bag – so fab! I love all these looks, and am always inspired to re-create. Thanks for linking, xo


  2. Kathy
    January 25, 2016 / 5:25 am

    I love all the outfits, but I would say the first one is my favorite. I love that coat with the destroyed jeans, and your MIL’s necklace is beautiful. Such a creative pairing. I also think I like it because the jacket/coat is very tailored which is also a great contrast with the jeans. I like these posts a lot and it does get me to thinking about unlikely combos in my own closet. Great new purse!

  3. January 25, 2016 / 5:32 am

    I love all the looks you put together! #1 is my favorite, I remember seeing that coast before and it is so beautiful. I love the purse too, I have being eyeing it for a couple of weeks because I love tassels! Thanks for the great outfit ideas! Peace! Cheryl

  4. January 25, 2016 / 8:21 am

    So many great looks and ideas!

  5. January 25, 2016 / 10:24 am

    This woman is elegant even with ripped jeans. You get to style and personality to the simplest looks. This is called personal style.

  6. January 25, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I am very impressed. Just think if you incorporate another colour too, the amount of completely different looks is staggering.
    Well done.

  7. January 25, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    I love *all* of these, but the cropped sweater look is my absolute favorite. Very cute!

  8. January 25, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Love al the different looks!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  9. January 26, 2016 / 12:51 am

    love all the looks you put together! Perfect 🙂

  10. January 26, 2016 / 7:53 am

    You look SO chic in every look, A! And your hair looks stunning! And you know I want that tassel clutch!

    I’m gonna skip HIWM this month, but I”ll be back next month. Work has been crazy plus pastels are hard for me to wear, so it was a good month to take off. I will be back!!!!

    Dawn Lucy

  11. Linda Salazar
    January 26, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Great looks you pulled together Adrienne! #1 and #3 are my favorites.

    Cute Rebecca Minkoff purse too…always better to use gift cards for something that you wouldn’t normally buy yourself. WAY more fun. : )


  12. Jessica
    January 27, 2016 / 4:58 am

    Love them all, but #3 is my fave. That cropped sweater is fantastic.
    Love the Valentinos on a budget, too. Recently spotted them at Nordstrom, by Halogen. so cute!

  13. Debra Devincenzi
    January 27, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Great looks!

  14. Marilynn
    January 27, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    You look good in everything. Me, have to pass n the hobo jeans. Just doesn’t look good on a 57 year old broad!

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