This was a busy week, so I wanted to simplify all my fashion decisions. What could be simpler than starting every outfit with a t-shirt and jeans? It’s a great blank canvas.
Day 1: Fancy
I like to dress up a little bit on Mondays – it helps jumpstart the week. I started off with an embellished black tee with some gather details and scattered embroidery. It’s a swing shape, which means it fits through the shoulders then floats out from there. Since the t-shirt was on the looser end, I picked out jeans in a fitted shape (to contrast with the looseness of the top) and in a dark wash (to keep the whole outfit feeling fancy).
I was much more aware of my shoe choices this week. I tend to spend more time picking out my clothes, then grab shoes on my way out the door. Since I themed my clothes with simplicity in mind this week, it gave me a little more time to think about shoes and accessories.
I went with some of my very fanciest shoes – black, gold, and cream heels that can easily overpower an outfit. With jeans and a nice t-shirt, the shoes got to stand out in a good way. Along with a simple gold chain necklace, that was the extent of my accessorizing, but the shoes pack a punch. The complete outfit pleased me, because everything worked together and balanced out. The shape of the jeans balanced out the shape of the top, the colors in the shoes mimicked the colors in the top. It felt polished without any layering required.
Day 2: Faded and Soft
Since I went for a more polished look on Monday, I wanted to focus on a soft, lived-in look for Tuesday. The top has a breezy soft feel and a gray-and-white stripe woven into it. It’s one of those rare, beautiful, and elusive creatures, the well-designed neutral tee. If you see one of these creatures, capture it.
I picked soft, faded jeans and layered on a white jersey cardigan. I wanted the outfit to feel like a flower that’s starting to fade, when the edges start curling and the petals soften. My scuffy brown Oxford shoes and pale brown glasses kept everything in that same light neutral color palette.
The outfit was nice on its own, but it was an especially lovely background to highlight my favorite summer scarf. There are a lot of colors on the scarf – the background is peachy pink and the foreground pattern is a bright blue and orangey red floral. It was from a sidewalk sale in France and it’s one of my favorite things. If there’s something you love to wear, create an outfit around it!
Day 3: Pattern Mixing
The weather was chilly and rainy, so I needed another layer. I love blazers – they take the same amount of effort as sweatshirts, but look way cooler. So instead of a sweatshirt or a plain sweater or a jean jacket, I went for a print blazer.
The print combination dazzled and disoriented the eye. Pretty prismatic. Bold to the point of foolhardy. The only reason it kind of worked was the dark jeans and shoes. I went for a bolder shape on the shoes- they have cutouts and peep toes, but they are black, so they didn’t add to the pattern craziness.
I enjoyed this outfit – it didn’t feel like a typical t-shirt and jeans outfit, but it didn’t require extra effort. It just required extra confidence. It is easy to equate simple with safe or boring, but it doesn’t have to be either one!
Day 4: Smiling Sushi
I found this smiling sushi shirt at the Salvation Army and I immediately loved it. It has probably become obvious that I like some eccentric clothes… this one is pretty out there. But it fits great, it seems brand new, and it feels nice.
Since the shirt was so different, I decided to opt out of the typical blue jeans, and go for a burgundy skinny jean. They’ve actually been a very versatile pair of jeans for me. I highly recommend a non-blue pair of jeans.
This outfit was just a tee and jeans, but it lots of personality, thanks to the details and color. Smiling sushi can make any day happier!
Day 5: Layering on the happiness!
The aforementioned Salvation Army visit resulted in a lot of prints, including a button down shirt in a super-bright / bird-of-paradise / tropical print. I adore a tropical print and they are very on trend right now – Dolce and Gabbana released a haute couture resort collection based around a custom tropical leaf print last year, etc.
It’s a lot of print, so I kept it open and layered it over a black tee. That breaks up the print and the black grounds all the bright colors.
Dark ankle-length jeans and pointy black flats gave it a little 1960s vibe to me. Like Gidget Goes Hawaiian or something.
This week was a great palate cleanser – getting ready made easy! I found myself focusing on one thing in the outfit (shoes or a scarf or a print). The framework was all set up, then it was easy to infuse personality into the outfit.