There is nothing like an easy, breezy and totally versatile t-shirt on a summer day, but plain and graphic t-shirts aren’t the only game in town! An easy way to breathe new life into your summer wardrobe repertoire is to add in a patterned tee.
There is something about a patterned tee that feels a bit more “grown-up” than it’s little sister the graphic tee. Patterned tees have all the style of a blouse but all the ease of a t-shirt. Perfect for upping the chic factor of a casual look or a great companion to an office look when worn with some high-waisted paper-bag style trousers.
When shopping for one make sure to keep it chic and sophisticated. Stay away from prints that look like anything you would find on a playground.
Florals, botanicals and scarf patterns are the world you want to be sitting in when it comes to this trend.
I look for colors that will easily combine with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe and that have a luxe feel to them- of course anything with a retro vibe is always a good idea.
I snagged this patterned tee for $4 at TJ Maxx last week. The print reminded me of a classic Hermes scarf and the color palette works with just about everything in my closet.
It’s an effortless and pocket friendly way to change things up!
What I’m Wearing: Zara Printed Tee- found a TJ MAXX | MODCLOTH Skirt | Free People Boots | TOPSHOP Belt | Scotch & Soda Bandanna | Dooney & Burke Flap Bag | CHLOE Sunglasses |
Cute, seasonal outfits don’t have to break the bank.
One of the biggest questions I get from readers is how can I afford to keep up with OOTD posts each week. The answer is I’m great at budgeting. I thrift, buy vintage, consignment, outlet shop and score deals at spots like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I rarely pay full retail for a piece unless it’s an investment piece that will last me for years to come and when I’m done with a trend piece I either sell it at Buffalo Exchange or (if it’s designer) I consign it at TheRealReal.com
So that’s my secret. It’s pretty simple. Look for the best quality at the best price that hits the current or upcoming trends.
I know some of you out there are wondering “Where do I start”, so today I’m sharing FOUR ways you can update your summer style with HOT trends that won’t burn your budget.
ONE: Customized Denim- Look for great deals on denim and then DIY that hem. It’s all about the fit. I found these jeans for $11.99 at TJ Maxx. They were a cropped denim that was rolled at the bottom. Great fit but they looked a little basic so I took a seam ripper to the hem and set it free which gave them an instant fashion forward makeover. You can give the jeans you already have this same makeover to breath new life into them this season.
TWO: Oversized Blazers- they are the “it” of 2018. Pair EVERYTHING with a boxy blazer to immediately elevate your look from ordinary to oh-so-luxe. From flouncy dresses to overalls, rompers, shorts and tees a blazer makes every look so much more chic. You can score this tropical blazer for $24 at TJ Maxx! Also search for blazers in the mens section- you can often find AMAZING blazers at better-than-the-womens-department prices there! To level up on your styling game make sure to roll/scrunch the sleeves to the elbow.
THREE: Summer Worthy Bags- anything with a tropical print or bold color will have you winning at the bag game this season. Also bamboo handled bags or the queen of summer 2018 the string bag (you know the ones made for carrying your groceries). You can score a great string bag for as low as $6- I linked to some at the end of the post.
FOUR: Vintage T-Shirts- my love for vintage tees is never-ending. Not only are they great conversation starters but by choosing vintage it is guaranteed that you have a piece that is totally unique and on the cheap! If you don’t have the time or patience to thrift try searing for vintage tees on ETSY or from my pal @Stilettosandsincity who sells vintage on her INSTASTORIES.
These four easy budget friendly summer styling tricks will not only garner you oodles of compliments but have you looking like you stepped straight off the runway.
This warm weather has me feeling all sorts of Retro Vibes.
There is something so perfectly summer about a vintage tee paired with a retro color palette. It easy, chic, says vacation, begs for a road trip and encourages a little adventure.
Vintage looks are so totally on trend this season. Fashion designers from A to Z have hit the archives this season to give designs from days gone by a comeback. Gucci is gushing the retro aesthetic and Tory Burch based the whole season on interior decorator David Hicks designs from the 60s and 70s.
I personally am an avid vintage shopper but if you don’t have the patience to hit the thrift and vintage shops you can create the look with both designer and reproduced pieces as well.
The key to creating a fun retro vibe with color is zeroing in on the shades, patterns and prints of a particular era. I LOVE those mid-century modern greens, mustards, oranges and browns.
Let those colors flow through your look then incorporate more modern pieces to keep the look current and contemporary. Keep in mind it’s less about matching and more about complimenting.
Embrace the kitsch and cuddle up with the whimsy that’s what summer is all about! And always remember my #1 style tip: Wear the wrong shoes. I know it sounds silly but that contrast can make a look. Swap out your high heels for flat booties, your sneakers for high heels and your sandals for sneakers. The more wrong it feels, the more right it usually is.