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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).


Pseudo Boyfriend Jeans – Tips on Cuffing Jeans

2 May

Cuffing Bootcut Jeans
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Jeans: PacSun
Top: Fossil (similar)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)

I’ve always liked the carefree look of boyfriend jeans, but never really bought a pair for myself because the looser fit often meant that my larger hips and thighs looked even bigger than usual. And so when I stumbled on this awesome trick of cuffing bootcut jeans to get a boyfriend jean look from another blogger (whose post I can’t seem to find anymore 😦 ), I had to do my own take of it.

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Tip: So to get that slimmer silhouette on top while still getting the looser leg of boyfriend jeans, grab a pair of reasonably decent fitting bootcut jeans, taper the leg slightly by folding it in over itself, and cuff it twice.

And I love the effect I got. I got something that was flattering, while still embodying the silhouette of the boyfriend jean. I like to fold over the leg before I cuff it for a cleaner looking cuff that also has more volume above it.

I might take some sand paper and distress my jeans a little bit to get the effect I’m going for.

Bohemian Casual – How to Style a Kimono Jacket

28 Apr

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Tips on how to style a kimono jacket
Kimono Jacket: Cotton On
Top: Express
Jeans: DIY (similar)
Belt: Cotton On (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson

All of those wonderful light cotton kimono jackets are a great substitute for a traditional cardigan and perfect for warm weather. The bright colors in this one are what drew me in, and I love how wearing it made me feel like I’d wrapped myself in a thin cotton blanket.

They are a bit different, but don’t be intimidated by them! I initially thought that it wouldn’t be that versatile, but this jacket looks great on pretty much anything! Here I’ve gone more bohemian with the loose fishtail braid and the tribal belt. The looser fit jeans gave me the casual and effortless look I was going for.

Tip: Try pairing the feminine floaty kimono jacket with something a little more masculine, like the boyfriend jeans I did here.

I also really like pairing the less structured kimono jacket with more fitted pieces, a fitted dress goes great, and so do a plain white tee and shorts.

Do you have a kimono jacket? If so what are some of your favorite ways to style it? I’d love some style inspiration!

Fall Fashion: 5 Ways to Style Emerald

4 Oct


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


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.


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?