I have been on a massive broken-in, classic tee kick lately - they're so comfortable! And I've been having a blast figuring out how to make them less casual so I can wear them to work. Yeah, I could take the easy way out and wear a more polished version, but going with the ultra-casual ones is more fun and more of a styling challenge ;). One accessory (or rather accessories :)), I've been playing with is a statement necklace...or two! They make a surprisingly major upgrade to a tee's vibe. It seems so simple, but the attitude adjustment is so real! My theory is that it's because they camouflage the wide ribbing that gives the neckline it's more laidback feel. The key with this pairing is to make sure the necklace or combo are of a more formal iteration - think gemstone crystals, opulent floral pieces, ropes of pearls...or all of the above ;). The tee-jewel combo is a perfect example of two pieces with completely contrasting vibes creating that flawless, dramatic tension due to their very opposite-ness (not sure if that's actually a word, but whatever). My first foray into the look was with summer in mind. I paired a ruffled rose-hued skirt with a cobalt blue tee and two gemstone collars, layered so that the lower one was slightly longer than the top one. I wasn't fussy about colors and metals - one was a mix of blue and teal stones with silver and the other combined clear stones with gold. The mixed metals were a subtle nod to the casual-meets-polished theme. I finished the look off with coordinating, but not matching, blue espadrilles. Since we're past Labor Day now, I would probably swap the espy's for blue or denim sandals. I riffed on the look later with the same tee combined with black denim and a black, zippered cotton blazer, which made the vibe less femme, more moto and more transitional. In keeping with that concept, I completed the look with black leather sandal-booties.
I also had an idea to mix necklaces done in different materials for more of a modern-candy feel, so I used the rose pink skirt with a black tee, but then tried switching out the clear crystal collar for one with chartreuse opaque stones. I reinforced the concept with a floral ring with lemon non-transparent stone petals. The shots of bright color were super fun and the bolder, less glittery finish lent a slightly 80's pop shading to the look, but since only the accessories made the statement, it didn't feel too silly or disjointed... or like Cyndi Lauper got loose and moonlighted as my stylist for a day ;). The black leather sandal-booties were my shoe go-to's. I hope this inspires you to try playing around with your basic tees and some jewels sometime soon. Happy styling, loves!
Brie (Hi!) More re: me under About. I'm the moving spirit behind this little life-meets- fashion fairy tale world.