I found one of my new favorite basics at my old favorite store (Target!), and it has quickly become a closet staple.
Drapey linen tee -- $12 (or less)
Confession: I discovered these on the clearance rack this summer, so I paid just $3.60. I bought two (both gray), but I wish I'd stocked up on half a dozen or more and added some other colors (white, blue, and black would be good choices). This is a seasonal piece, so there is a slightly different variation in stores/online right now but I think the v-neck version will return this spring. (Update: I've seen this v-neck version in stores! Not online yet, but probably soon.)
This tee shirt is simple but perfect. The loose, drapey cut is forgiving but not baggy -- it kind of floats along the body. It is thin without being sheer, and the linen blend fabric gives the shirt a touch of structure and elevates it beyond your basic gym shirt.
Boring-but-important: it washes like a dream! I use the gentle cycle and let it air dry and it is exactly the same as when I took it off the rack. No shrinking, no pilling.
How to Wear It
I try to use the 3-ways-to-wear-it rule when making a decision about anything in my closet. The first two are my favorites, but I want to try to be a bit more creative with it!
I'll admit, this is my go-to way to wear this shirt. Leggings, cute sneakers, and aviators and I feel comfortable but totally polished while running around town doing errands on a Saturday morning. Look fabulous without seeming like you tried too hard (pretty much my life goal!). This particular shirt is nice and long -- it is tunic length and covers my bum, so I feel OK wearing it with (good) leggings.
My job is relaxed enough that I can wear jeans most days of the week. For a casual day (i.e., no client meetings), I'd wear my favorite tee with boyfriend jeans, a blazer, and delicate gold jewelry. I'd do a simple black wedge during the day, but the cage heels would be great to slip on for after-work shenanigans (that don't require a lot of walking).
I'd throw this on for a lazy Sunday at the movies. Skinny ankle jeans, bright (and comfy) shoes, and some tough but pretty accessories.