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6 Ways to Style Graphic Tees

23 May

6 Ways to Wear Graphic Tees
Lately, graphic tees are everywhere. And why not? They come in so many different styles, and they really allow you to express yourself. So myself and some of my new blogger friends decided to get together and share some of our tips for styling graphic tees (click through to see breakdowns of their looks from above):
“For an easy way to dress up a graphic tee, pair it with a bold pencil skirt: try a midi for an on-trend look.” Me!

“To add polish to a casual tee topped with denim, pair it with bold jewelry, a slim pencil skirt and strappy heels.” Meagan of Meagan’s Moda

“Look through your parents’ old clothes! I’ve found a couple staple pieces that I’m not even sure they noticed I stole.” Thea of Ever So Thea

“You can dress up an otherwise casual outfit with heels and jewelry, and wearing a monochromatic outfit emphasizes the graphic tee.” Laura of Have Need Want

“Style it with overalls for an edgier look” Kayleigh of Kayleigh’s Kloset

“Pair your graphic tee with a feminine, flowy skirt (mini, midi or maxi), great heels and a statement necklace for a look that’s effortlessly chic and translates well from day to evening.” Martha of Sun Fun Fashion

So here’s my take on a graphic tee look.

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Top: DIY (see here)
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Lifestride
I love graphic tees. They’re so easy to dress up or down, and its so easy to make a unique personalized one like I did with this shirt here.

I tend to like graphic tees with the graphic localized higher up on the tee because you can easily tuck them in without half of the image or text disappearing, but my favorite part of them is always how you can find one to fit you so perfectly. I own a bunch of different ones right now, but my favorites are probably this DIY one, and this adorable french one (which you’ll see in my next blogpost).

From Simple to Stylin’: Button-Up and Jeans Edition

13 Mar

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Top: Express
Jeans: New York and Company
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors
Clutch: Neiman Marcus

We all get into style ruts when we find ourselves wearing the same things over and over, but there are always little adjustments you can make to a look to take it from something that looks simple and ordinary to something that looks chic and fashionable.

This series focuses on covering simple tips that can elevate the basic pieces that we often gravitate to.

Here I’ve just thrown on skinny jeans and a chiffon button-up. On their own they’re great pieces, and put together they make a fine outfit, but it’s rather simple.

To take this look from simple to stylin’ I made the following tweaks:

  1.  I rolled up the sleeves of my button-up three quarters way up (to right below my elbows).
  2. I tucked in the top so you could actually see my belt.
  3. I cuffed my jeans so instead of gathering at my feet they hit a little above my ankle.
  4. I switched out the flip-flops for these fun strappy shoes.
  5. And I accessorized with a chunky watch and a cute clutch.

Rolling up sleeves keeps them out of the way, and makes top more appropriate for warmer weather. It’s also a great way to dress down more formal tops.

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I love tucking in tops in general because it accentuates your waist and allows you to show off your belt even with a longer top. With button-ups you can do a full or a half tuck and both look equally flattering.

Here I chose to cuff my jeans specifically because the shoes I wanted to wear hit higher on my calf and I didn’t want the excess fabric at my ankles to be draw from those gorgeous shoes. When you’re wearing simple pieces like I am in this outfit it’s always a great opportunity to showcase your more interesting shoes.

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I love my watch, and I’ve found that the chunky piece goes well with nearly any outfit and is a great statement piece.  Whether your favorite statement piece is a great necklace or a bold necklace, it can really add a lot to a simple look such as this one. And then I added my blue clutch for a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

And to all my blogger followers I’d love to see your take on “From Simple to Stylin'”. I know we all have out little style tricks that we use to brighten up an otherwise ordinary look. If you link to this post with your own Simple to Stylin’ post, I’ll make sure to share it with my readers as well!

Fall Fashion: Ways to Style Houndstooth

1 Nov

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I’m totally obsessed with houndstooth. It’s a great classic print that’s also a little different and bold. It’s a great addition to anyone’s fall wardrobe this season, or any season for that matter, and myself, Kayla, and Lexie have a few tips on how you can incorporate it into your outfits this season. Whether you choose to pair a houndstooth piece with some bright colors, or with neutral pieces, or invest in a versatile houndstooth accessory, you really can’t go wrong with this print. It’s pretty forgiving.

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Sweater: Uniqlo

Skirt: Forever 21 (similar)

Shoes: Soft Styles (similar)

Bag: Dooney and Bourke

So I let the crisp black and white of the houndstooth print really be the focal point in the look and then complemented it with shades of gray, black, and white.
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I’ve been making an effort to balance out my closet with more quality basic pieces and this cashmere sweater definitely falls into that category. At 1/2 the price of a most cashmere sweaters, the quality of this Uniqlo sweater is pretty great. I loved how much more fall it made my outfit feel.

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I really like how the different textures in this outfit really balance with each other very well. The shiny patent leather looks great against the soft cashmere, and the black leather boots add a nice additional texture.

Don’t forget to check out the breakdowns for the other houndstooth looks featured in this post!

Lexie from Lexie Faith

Kayla from Kay’s Couture

P.S. Any bloggers interested in joining this monthly series please shoot me an email at dressuponacloudyday@gmail.com.

Fall Fashion: 5 Ways to Style Emerald

4 Oct

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Myself and some of my blogger buddies have all come together to give you some tips on how to rock this fall’s biggest trends. We’re starting this series with Pantone’s color of the year, and also one of the most popular colors on the fall 2013 runways: emerald green.

I love the richness of jewel tones in general, and their deep intensity makes them perfect for fall. Emerald green is a new vibrant addition to fall wardrobes that leans away from traditionally warmer tones, while still capturing the feel of the season.

Here are some of our favorite tips on how to incorporate emerald into your wardrobe:
1. Dress up emerald with luxurious details like leather and sparkle.
2. Pair emerald pieces with bold black and white prints to add interest to an outfit while letting color pop.
3. Don’t be afraid to layer a sweater (or top) over a more summery emerald piece to make it appropriate for fall.
4. Wear emerald elements with other rich textures that complement the opulence of the color.

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Top: Levi’s (similar)
Skirt: H&M
Scarf: Knit by yours truly (pattern here)
Belt: Unknown (similar)

Here I used my chunky emerald scarf to turn a basic outfit into one that really embodies fall. I then added an edgy belt and some dark booties to round out the look.

I love using the color emerald to dress up a look and make it more formal, and this scarf does double duty because it adds a pop of color as well as a touch of texture to any outfit.

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Also I love this skirt so much because it has side-seam pockets. I was looking at it on the rack (and didn’t realize it had pockets) and my hand slipped into the pocket when I was hunting for my size and I decided right there that I had to own it.

And don’t forget to check out the breakdowns for the rest of the fabulous emerald outfits featured in this post:

Kristina from Kristina Does the Internets

Jessica from Jeans and a Teacup

Ashley from Ash ‘n’ Fashn

Elizabeth from Undeniably, me

How to Style a Printed Pencil Skirt

15 Aug

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Since I was obsessing about this Forever 21 skirt earlier, I figured that it was only fitting to do another one of my “Ways to Style” posts. You’d think a bright yellow print might not get as much wear as something more neutral, but the print makes it more fun and less professional than a typical black or gray pencil skirt, so you can pair it with so much more!

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1)Wear it with a loose graphic tee.
This is a really simple way to dress down a pencil skirt. I like that while the words on my t-shirt add some fun to the outfit they don’t take away from the beautiful floral print on the skirt.

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2)Pair the skirt with a sleeveless top.

You can easily take this skirt into the night by pairing it with a tank top or a sleeveless button-up like I did here. The zebra print works well because while it’s a bold print, the colors are from the same color palette as my skirt.

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3)Belt it and Layer over a sweater.
Because the sweater is rather simple, I added a thin belt to draw the eye in to the waist. I love this particular outfit because of the fun back detail of my “sweater” (check out this post to see what I mean).

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4)Pair the skirt with a striped t-shirt.
Once again, the striped shirt goes with just about anything! If you don’t believe me, go back to my 9 ways to wear a striped shirt post.

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5)Layer under a shirt and belted cardigan.

I love cardigans, but it frustrates me that they usually don’t look as figure flattering from behind. Here I belted my cardigan so I have a clean look from the front as well as the back.

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6)Tuck a chiffon button-up into the skirt.
I always love a chiffon; they’re the perfect amount of transparent. This one was just a perfect match because the light lavender just really made the bright yellow of the skirt pop. To see the breakdown of this outfit, check out this post.

Other great pairings would be a chambray and a peplum. I really love the way peplums look with pencil skirts, but unfortunately since I’m so picky with my peplums, I didn’t have one that matched.

8 Ways to Mix Prints

24 May

Been collaborating with some fantastic bloggers for the past few weeks to put together a great post for you guys and I’m really happy with the end result. I’m sure you guys won’t be disappointed.

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Print mixing is one of those things that fashion magazines often make sound more intimidating than they actually are. It’s really quite simple.

Use the following tips to help guide you:

  • Pair together similar colors.
  • Polka dots, stripes, and animal prints can be treated almost like solids : they go with pretty much anything.
  • Pick one bolder pattern and keep the rest more neutral and simple.
  • Play with the scale of prints by mixing a small print with a larger one.
  • Use a solid colored piece like a belt or a jacket to break up different prints.
  • Choose prints that have one color in common for effortless print mixing.

 

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Polka Dot Pants : Old Navy (similar)
Top : Charlotte Russe (similar)
Shoes : Unknown (similar)

In my outfit, I paired my polka dot pants with a floral top. Since I paired a small scale polka dot with the larger scale, bolder floral print, the effect of the print mixing was subtle and not at all jarring to the eye. I also picked patterns that were all in the same color story, which makes the outfit feel more like one unified piece and not like a modge podge of different elements.

I would typically recommend staying with 2 prints, but because my polka dot print was so subtle, I added a little extra pop with a graphic pair of flats.

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A good way to dip your toes in print mixing is to find yourself a bag, scarf, or pair of shoes with a fun print. Since all these pieces are on the smaller side, it’s easy to pair them with any printed pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe. Just keep those style tips in mind and you’ll be golden.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the featured bloggers print mixing outfits:
Kristina from Kristina does the Internets
Reid from The Fashion Blender
Cayli from Nightchayde
Elizabeth from Undeniably, me
Brittany from Piece, Love and Sole
Terry from Oh, Ivory
Jo-Anne from Myself Expressed

I plan on organizing another collaboration post similar to this one in June so if you think you might be interested shoot me an email at dressuponacloudyday@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing you all!

How to Combine Colors Wrap-Up

6 May

How to combine colors

Colors are always a great way to add some fun to an outfit, but they can sometimes be a bit intimidating. The right colors really help an outfit shine, but the wrong colors can just look messy and thrown together. But once you read these simple techniques on color combining, you’ll be a color mixing master. Your most crucial tool in this will be your color wheel.

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You can see that the colors on the wheel are ordered as they would be on a rainbow. These color relationships can be then easily used in putting together any color schemes, clothing included. Don’t feel like you’re limited to the shades pictured on the wheel. Any darker or lighter shades of each color wedge shown can be used interchangeably. For example instead of red you could use a pink.

1. Analogous Colors – Colors right next to each other on a color wheel (i.e. cobalt, teal, and green or fuchsia, red, and coral). Pick any two or three of these colors to incorporate into the perfect outfit. Here I used teal and cobalt blue:

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2. Complementary Colors – Colors that are directly across each other on the color wheel (i.e. purple and yellow, blue and orange, red and green). These two colors work to intensify each other, so on an outfit that’s predominantly one color, add a pop of its complementary color. Here I used a touch of purple to intensify the the yellow:

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3. Triadic Colors – Colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel (i.e. red, blue and yellow, or fuchsia, mustard, and lime green). Pick two colors from a triad and combine them together for a mix of color that is bright and fun. In this outfit I used a bright orange and a darker green :

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While not officially part of the combine colors series, these two posts are honorary members of it:

4. Pop of Color – If you’re still not feeling ready to jump into color mixing, incorporating a pop of color into a neutral outfit is a good way to dip your toes in. Here my bright teal t-shirt brought some color into an otherwise neutral outfit :

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5. Denim as a Neutral – Your standard neutrals are your black, browns, grays, and navy, but one that’s sometimes forgotten is the timeless denim. You’d pair any color with your jeans right? Well the same applies to any other denim piece you may have in your wardrobe. Here I used my denim button-up as a neutral to balance out my bright yellow skirt:

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I hope that these five ways to combine colors help you incorporate more color into your outfits. The world could always do with more color! What are your favorite color combining tricks?