Tulip Sleeve Tee

When I was living in NYC, I was working long hours at my regular job and then pulling late nights working on my blog. I was trying to make as much money as I could, save as much as possible, and to spend the very bare minimum. At one point, I seriously considering starting a recipe blog with everything you could make with eggs + bread, as those were two of my major food groups because it was super inexpensive. (And there’s a lot you can do with an egg and one piece of bread, trust me. I did it all that first year!)

A white tee and denim are the fashion equivalent!

I have always been a big fan of a white tee. In fact, I may be one of its biggest supporters. Over the years, I have stocked up on what has to be the most basic, but essential, closet staples. This is my favorite basic short sleeve white t-shirt and this is my favorite long sleeve. With such a simple “base” for an outfit, you can tone up (or down) your accessories for an endless number of looks. Add a blazer or a statement necklace or a vest. Wear with heels or ballet flats or even a comfy pair of sneaks.

Carly Heitlinger

This white t-shirt quickly became one of my favorites. The sleeves are a little (read: impossible) to get into a coat, so I can’t wear it if I’m going to be outside in the winter for prolonged time outside. But when I’m ducking from my car to a coffee shop? An oversized wrap or coat draped over my shoulders does the trick! (We’ve also been pretty lucky with one or two “warmer” days a week. 🙏🏻)

Tulip Sleeve Shirt

They describe the sleeves as tulips– it’s like an ultra feminine take on the bell sleeve. Could not love it more if I tried.

How to Style a White Shirt

Lorca Coffee Shop Carly the Prepster Tuckernuck    White Bell Sleeve Shirt

White T-Shirt (c/o) // Jeans (c/o) // Tote (similar option under $50) // Booties (on sale!) // Similar Bracelet (another option under $100) // Similar Necklace (similar option with cubic zirconia under $40) // Sunglasses

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Cristina - Memories of the Pacific

I love the analogy, Carly. You are so funny 🙂
I love basic white tees with a twist like yours. I’m not a fan of plain ones because I can’t pull them off. I think that they look amazing on models but I need something with ruffles or tulip sleeves to look good on me.


Your hair looks gorgeous in that second photo! And this entire outfit is so cute and casual.


Hi Carly- how long are the sleeves on this bell sleeve tee? From the photo it looks like they are bracelet length on you?



The photo with the bag is accurate. It appears longer when my elbow is bent (like when I’m seated at the table on the computer).


I would love to read your laundry tips! I always need a new white tee after a month of wear because they never stay white, especially the under arms 😑

Byrd of Passage

This is so super cute! I love bell sleeves and that blouse is no exception! Keep up the lovely photographs!

xx Byrdie


If there are any ladies who want this look for less, I just bought an almost identical version in both white and burgundy at Walmart… $15 each!


I LOVE the white top! I am always hesitant about wearing white. Aside from a basic white T shirt, I never purchase any purely white items because I feel like they wash me out. Will have to make an exception for this top!



Oh my gosh, I love plain tees! Also, would you do a post on the eggs and bread recipe? Would LOVE to know your recipes, as I’m currently going through a situation similar to what you described.


You need to use your influence with Tuckernuck to get them to add plus sizes. Their clothes are darling but not for plus sizing. Thanks


They use wholesalers so they don’t dictate the sizes, but do you have any favorite lines that carry plus sizes? I can definitely send suggestions their way!