As you know, we’re now taking requests for our style features (TV character, Celebrity or Fairy Tale Character.) Beverly, age 37, wrote to us about Jane Rizzoli of the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles. On the show, she’s played by Angie Harmon. We’ve covered Rizzoli’s style once before, which Beverly had seen. But she wanted a little more focus on Rizzoli’s tops, which she noted were “simple, but not plain.” Essentially she wanted some notes on finding great tops that weren’t just a t-shirt, but weren’t overly fancy. And I can totally jive with that. Casual luxury (or casual luxe OR every day glamor…whatever you want to call it) is totally my thing.
It’s Jane Rizzoli’s thing because hey, she’s in a profession where she can’t show up wearing pajamas (as a writer, I can sometimes) but she’s a sporty tomboy. Ergo, she wears something that’s nice, but not prissy or full of lace and complicated straps.
So, what we want to do is avoid basic cotton T-shirts. There’s not too much special about them and they scream “totally casual.” However, cotton BLENDS, or with special necklines and details are another matter all together.
Rizzoli does a LOT of layering of simple, solid colored tops under blazers. If you don’t have to go that fancy, try an open cardigan.
I went to these sites/online stores: Zappos (great selection of everything especially for Three Dots tops and Pure and Simple tops), Anne Taylor, The Gap (dismissed most everything there, though), Dillards, Edie Bauer and Michael Stars.
Rizzoli and Isles Fashion:
Three Dots 1×1 Cotton Modal Cowl Neck I selected this shirt because Three Dots does casual luxe very well. The tagline to this shirt is, “who says a t-shirt can’t be elegant?” Which is perfect for our mission! The cowl neck gives it a little interest, and you can pick any color you want. I thought blue was a nice neutral with a tiny bit of pop. And all of the reviews are positive on the site.
Scoopneck Shirt with Charmeuse Trim So, this is cotton but it has a wonderful layered satin trim along the scoop neckline. And the trim is ragged, so it’s not too girlish or “perfect.” I like the light amethyst color the most, but the plum is also very pretty.
Pure & Simple Long Tank Top w/ Banded Hem I’ve fallen in love with this top, and I’d want it in all three colors. It’s so versatile. This is a simple (it’s in the brand name!) top, but the detail is all in the construction. It’s made of a stretchy rayon material.
Gathered cap-sleeve shirt Cap sleeves are great if you are afraid to wear a tank, or if you like to layer clothing. Some simple draping action makes this an interesting, polished-looking top. (This pleated cap sleeve top is a little more simple.)
(Not pictured) From Eddie Bauer I found a Gathered Scoop Neck and a Draped Scoop Neck that I liked. Lots of colors, plus sizes available, and decent prices. While I was at that site I came across the Christine Cotton Jacket which I really love. I don’t think it’s “Jane Rizzoli” but it’s definitely “me.”
Luxe Slub Long Sleeve Button Down Top Rizzoli sometimes wears plain button downs, it’s easy and can be comfortable if you get the right kind. This particular one isn’t too fitted. It has a relaxed feel with the two front pockets, but details like the fabric covered buttons dress it up a bit. Michael Stars does a lot of casual things, so this is kind of dressy-casual for them. This is made out of slub and that’s a knit that is a little uneven and raw. Ergo, casual!
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