I Swear by These Two Free People Tops

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I’ve been swearing by swingy little Free People tanks and tees every summer since…I started buying my own clothes? Can that even be possible?

Thanks to a quick Google search, Free People started in 1984(!!) so yes. Yes I have.

I’ve found that Free People’s summer basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are pretty tough to beat. And while their styles have shifted over time to stay fresh, they’re still just nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tee (xs) | shorts (26)

For me, there’s often a sense of nostalgia with these Free People tees. The ones I’m wearing this year are almost exactly like the tops I wore years (or decades) before, but with a fresh twist. This year’s tee is a little more oversized, a little more cropped, and this year’s tank has wider straps that hints at an off-the-shoulder situation. But they’re still the easy, flowy, comfortable tees and tanks I rely on every summer.

Free People White Tee: Boxy (& Slightly Cropped)

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tee (xs) | shorts (26) | similar backpack | similar sunglasses | similar necklace

This tee is 100% cotton, suuuuuuper soft and comfortable to wear, and can be worn with a regular bra. It’s loose and flowy, so it shifts around a bit — which means that it’s not always this cropped. That said, it’s summer, and I’m totally fine with a bit of a cropped silhouette, especially when wearing loose, mid-rise cut-off shorts.

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tee (xs) | shorts (26)

This tee is also genius with high-rise jeans, of course, as well as — my fav styling trick — layering over a fitted dress. The tee also looks pretty cute with bikini bottoms, if your shoulders just need a quick break from direct sun.

It’s one of my new favorite tees.

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tee (xs) | shorts (26) | Vans | similar backpack | similar sunglasses

Fit Notes: This tee, Free People’s We The Free CC Tee, retails for only $38. It also runs a bit big. I’m wearing an xs (and typically take a size small). This tee is also available in a bunch of colors, and my favorite color options (in addition to white and black) are watermelon and doe. Click through to see; if you’re into color, they’re gorgeous.

The cutoffs are Free People’s Loving Good Vibrations Cutoffs in the ‘heritage somerset’ wash. They fit TTS (I’m wearing a size 26). That said…I might like them even more unapologetically slouchy, so am thinking of trying a size up, too.

Free People Easy White Tank: Loose, Flowy + With a Handkerchief Hem

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tank (xs) | shorts (26) | sandals | similar bag | similar necklace

I swore by a tank almost exactly like this in my postpartum days. You longtime readers might remember it…for years, I would get emails from readers, lamenting that they didn’t snap it up, and have I found, perhaps, anything similar?

Yes. Found.

Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.
Free People outfit basics (tees, tanks, shorts) are tough to beat. They're still nailing my go-to summer uniform: white tee (or tank), denim shorts.

tank (xs) | shorts (26) | sandals | similar bag | similar necklace

Fit Notes: This tank, Free People’s Sing La La Tank (in ivory) runs big, so once again I’m wearing an XS. This tank is another under $50 find (retailing for only $38). I love the wider straps and the placement. It means that any relatively pretty bra won’t look strange peeking out.

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xo,

S

A huge thank you to Vuori for sponsoring this post! We’re huge fans around here – I spend a good part of my week in Vuori. (And so does my husband, my mom, my teenage son….). As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!

photo credits: Redfield Photography (love you guys)

A huge thank you to Free People and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! Obviously I’m a longtime fan of Free People, and I always appreciate the opportunity to talk about something I’ve loved for so long. As always, all product choices, thoughts and opinions are my own. And readers, thank you for your continuing support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Haha, I remember that tank! I didn’t have kids at the time you posted it and years later when I was postpartum, I couldn’t get the visions of free-flowing tanks outta my head.

  2. Haha, I remember that tank! I didn’t have kids at the time you blogged about it but years later, when I was postpartum, I couldn’t get the vision of free-flowing tanks outta my head.

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