"Graphic Tees are vibes..." - Virgil Abloh
It's official! This week we had the first day of spring, and then it snowed...AGAIN! I guess the weather is taking notes from the world, and it's all a little shook up at the moment! Before we dive into this week's spring staple - please know we are here for you (from a distance of course). Please use the Ashlee Marie Boutique Facebook page to find community, share laughs, ask for help - we are YOUR community and we are so thankful for each of you!
Being stuck at home this week has allowed me some extra time to play around with this week's spring staple style and I'm really excited to share it with you. I thought instead of only sharing other styles you could pair with this piece - I'd take it a step further and create four complete looks for your life. Of course, I can't promise when or how - but we will get to dress for these four occasions again one day! Check them out below!
Spring Capsule Staple #4: Graphic Ts
Graphic Ts aren't new to the fashion world, and I'm guessing many of you have at least one in your drawers! What was once popular for rock bands and hippies, is commonplace in fashion magazines and on social media. A graphic t takes the best of your every-day t-shirt and adds something special and unique to it. It might be a band logo, art, comic slogan, inspirational quote, or school mascot - the graphic is as unique as the person wearing it. While there are a plethora of options to choose from, many women struggle with how to style and where it's appropriate to wear their favorite graphic t's - check out my tips below to help!
For Work: Graphic Ts might not be considered typical work-wear attire, however, I've found they can be a great piece to play up your personal style if your work has a business casual atmosphere. My favorite way to bring a graphic t into a business setting is to pair it with a blazer (LuLaRoe's Gwen blazer is my go-to). Adding fitted jeans (colored denim are great here too - but keep your distressed jeans for weekend wear), heels, and simple jewelry allows the graphic to speak for itself, while keeping things neat and professional. Make sure the graphic isn't controversial, overly busy, or inappropriate for the work-place - a funny quote, graphic print, or inspirational message are all great for the office.
For Play: It's no surprise that a graphic t is perfect for your everyday life. With its origins going back over 60 years, graphic ts have come a long way since their tie-dye hippie days! This is the time to really let your personal style shine! Pair your favorite graphic t with colored, distressed, cropped, or skinny denim. Wear it oversized and knotted with your comfy leggings, or cut the neck-line for an off-the-shoulder look. Layer with your favorite cardigan or classic button down (remember spring staple #2!), to achieve whatever look represents YOU and your style! This is the place to be creative!
For A Night Out: A graphic t is a fantastic piece to showcase during a night out! Dress up your favorite graphic t with a feminine skirt and denim jacket for a flirty and fun outfit! Play with the styling by tucking your top into a more voluminous skirt (think LuLaRoe's pocketed Madison skirt), or knot it at your waistline with a fitted pencil or maxi skirt. Both ways give you an instant hour-glass figure and feminize the boxy cut of a typical graphic t. Another option is to pair with a cropped jacket and heels (hello Stevie!) - add some statement jewelry and you're set to go! The fun is taking a typically more uni-sex style and making it more feminine, flirty, or edgy - depending on the style you prefer!
For the Gym: My favorite way to style a graphic t is with my athleisure pieces! There is nothing more comfortable and fun than a cute quote or slogan paired with my favorite joggers or leggings. Whether you're running to the gym, or to the coffee shop, a graphic t is always a perfect addition to your athleisure look. Play up your graphic t with a fun pop of color in your shoes, pattern-mixing with your leggings, or expanding your graphic t collection with a graphic sweatshirt or hoodie! The options are endless and oh-so comfortable!
As you can see, a graphic t is a great addition to your spring wardrobe capsule and can be worn in so many different ways. You can easily transition it from the gym, to errands, to date night - the options are endless! Besides the versatility, it might be the most personal piece in your wardrobe. With so many options available, take the time to find one (or 10) that speak to you and your interests, beliefs, and personality! Have fun, that's what fashion is all about!
Check back next week for the final style of our blog series, Spring Capsule Staples!