Disclaimer: I received both items from TJULA Design as gifts in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, however, completely my own. To read more about the blog’s disclosure policy, click here.
One thing I’ve noticed since making the switch to slow fashion is how much I love pieces that are versatile. Dinner party? Check. Professional event? Check. Brunch with your bestie? And, check. A piece that can shift from one purpose to another so easily is definitely one I want in my closet, because it eliminates the need for more and adds quality to a downsizing wardrobe. So when TJULA Design offered to send me their Slitback Tanks to style and review for you guys, I knew I would love to.
Before we get into some styling notes, let’s talk about what makes TJULA different from most other brands out there. Their products are, like many others, made in Cambodia, but they partner with organizations that train women and help them develop their skills, all while paying them a fair wage for the products they make. The products they offer are also quite fairly-priced, especially when compared with other ethical fashion brands. The Slitback Tank, for example, goes for about $45. On top of that, their products are made for a modern, urban lifestyle and continue to break down the stereotype of ethical fashion as being too “hippy” or “earthy”. As someone who doesn’t use those words to describe their personal style and is constantly on the lookout for brands that are more relevant to me, this is definitely something I deeply appreciate.
So how do I wear the Slitback tank? There’s no short answer, as they will look good with practically anything. I love how it’s simple enough to really act as a basic piece, but has a few interesting surprises here and there, namely the double V-neck front and the slit in the back. But let’s start by pairing it with a skirt (in this case, a skirt my sister gave to me after she decided she didn’t want it anymore, another secondhand #haulternative success!). Flats for a cute and casual look, heels for a more confident and elevated “I mean business” look, and tucked in for some more definition around the waist, which I generally prefer.
While I do generally go for a more defined waist when it comes to dresses and skirts, I’ve recently really started enjoying the more relaxed, I-didn’t-try-that-hard vibe that a loose silhouette can give. This tank is perfect for that.
And from the back…
If you’re not big on skirts, no worries, it looks just as great with pants. I especially love doing a half-tuck with a belt to add a touch of trendy edginess.
Of course, a blazer and heels transforms it into a powerful corporate look.
And for that brunch date you’ve got coming up, just throw it overtop your favourite pair of blue jeans, tucked or untucked, add your favourite shoes and bag, and you’re all set to go!
To learn more about TJULA Design, click here.