3 Ways to Style a Graphic Tee
Last week, I had a breakthrough about what kind of style blogger I wanted to be (a realistic, everyday-kind-of-woman one) and shared 3 ways to style a Herringbone Vest (p.s. enter here for to win one for yourself!) I had so much fun taking the same piece from my closet and styling it different ways; proving to myself that I don’t have to buy new things every week to be stylish!
Today, I’m coming back at you again with 3 Ways to Style a Graphic Tee. I am SO, SO excited that graphic tees are making a comeback this year because I’ve always loved them, but felt a little bit dorky for wearing them. I mean, I know I need to get over that and just wear what I love regardless, but now that they are popping up more, I am buying them left and right and wearing them ALL THE TIME!
AND I’m so excited to be teaming up with one of my favorite blogging pals, Chelsea from Inspiration Indulgence. Not only is she such a powerful writer who really cares about making a difference, I love her brave and bold style, which is totally different from my own. Together, we came up with 6 different ways you can wear a graphic tee, so one way is bound to fit your personal preference!
Graphic Tee #1: Ripped Jeans & Harry Potter
ICYMI, I’m a huge, HUGE Harry Potter fan. And, when I was shopping with my mom and sister a couple weeks ago and stumbled across this HP tee at Kohls, I HAD. TO. HAVE. I’m such a fangirl and I’m not ashamed of it. If I had it my way, I would have the deathly hallows symbol plastered over every surface conceivable. Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you catch my drift.
Since this tee was such a dark, moody color, I decided to pair this tee with my white ripped jeans that I got from Golden Tote last summer. I felt like the jeans balanced the tee out and gave it that springy feel I was going for. I also got to wear my little HP charm bracelet I bought myself last summer off of Amazon because, again, had. to. have.
I love that this graphic tee allows me to express my love for something so dear to my heart and still feel stylish and springy!
Graphic Tee #2: Follow Your Heart
Here’s the thing about graphic tees: they can be totally workplace appropriate (well, depending on the workplace) if you accessorize them properly! That’s what I LOVE about this outfit; I could totally have worn this in my previous professions a teacher, as an office manager and as a receptionist.
I feel like any plain shirt can be dressed up for a professional place by adding a brightly colored cardigan that’s a little more fitted. I scored this green one at a DownEast Basic tent sale for 5 dollars. Instead of wearing my normal choice of skinny jeans, I opted for a pair of bootcut jeans to help elongate my legs a bit and to give it more of a professional feel.
And, to finish, I threw on my black pumps and a strand of my favorite pearls that I scored from a yard sale. Bargain hunting at its finest!
Even though I work from home now, this is still one of my favorite ways to dress up a graphic tee for a lunch date or just to run around town in. I feel classy and put together at the same time and get to carry a message that I believe in with me all day long: Follow Your Heart!
P.S. I got the tee off of the Indigo & Sage Instagram page; they have super cute stuff! Check them out @indigoandsage
Graphic Tee #3: Be Fearless
Remember that day I decided that my word of the year for 2016 was going to be “fearless?” I do. And I know how I decided it would be that word: when I won this tee from an Instagram contest from ThePureGraceCo. The lovely lady behind ThePureGraceCo. is raising money to fund her IVF treatments in hopes of starting a family someday with her husband and is selling a variety of stunning and motivational graphic tees for that reason alone!
2016 did not start out exactly as I wanted it to with my goal to be fearless. A few days after that post went live, I had a rather alarming health scare that reduced me to an anxious wreck as I tried to face my fears of a possible relapse. After we got over that hurdle, I then had my site crash and burn while finishing my rebrand. It was like the world was out to get me after I proclaimed that I would be fearless for the year!
Every day that has been hard for me, I wear this tee to remind myself of my promise to my husband, to my friends and to myself: I will be fearless. I will pursue the things that set my soul on fire. I will work hard to chase my dreams and will not let others get me down. Of course, this is all easier said than done, but I am always trying. And that’s a big improvement from last year.
Anyway, I scored this amazing black pleated circle skirt from thredUP for just 7 dollars a couple months ago. (Find out about thredUP here and use this link to get 10 dollars to spend towards your first order!) In order to dress up the crewneck collar of this tee, I added this statement necklace from Target that I also styled here. I adore this necklace and haven’t worn it as much as I should. It’s perfect for dressing up a crewneck collar!
I’m wearing some of my favorite wedges that I got at Ross a few years ago. They are far to high for my knee replacement to handle for long periods of time, I still love them so I wear them when I can (and when there isn’t much walking involved.)
Well, there you have it! I love these graphic tees and love that I can express sentiments I believe in or books I love by wearing them.
What outfit is your favorite? And what are your feelings towards graphic tees? Love ’em or leave ’em?
Make sure you check out Chelsea’s styles at Inspiration Indulgence and tell her what tee is your favorite over there and, if you are feeling generous, pin the following image below!