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Two Ways: Graphic Tee


T-Shirt: Best Mountain Bicycle Tee ($26)

From the Left, Clutch: Reiss Sonar Clutch ($170) Shoe: Nine West D’Orsay ($59) Necklace: Pearl Necklace ($185) Ring: Round Dome Ring ($29) Jacket: Karen Millen Tweed Jacket ($475) Skirt: Cotton Pencil Skirt ($78)

From the Right, Shoe: Leather Strap Sandal ($36) Bag: Aria Cross Body ($120) Earrings: Alex Monroe Bee Stud ($160) Necklace: Treasure Chest Necklace ($428) Sweater: Jackie Cardigan ($62) Skirt: Jil Sander Pleated Skirt ($880)

For the Office. You can make tweed blazer more youthful by pairing it with a ladylike graphic tee.  Here, I also added a colorful skirt, but you could go for basic black or the matching tweed skirt.  (This is not the exact blazer I would pick. I would have loved something a bit more Chanel-like (collarless, slightly boxy cut), but sometimes the Polyvore gods just aren’t in a giving mood.)

I like this look for a Casual Monday on Capitol Hill.  But you could wear it to a lot of work environments, esp. with the jacket, which could be easily buttoned up before meetings to conceal the tee, if need be.  Then, take off the jacket and wear it to the bar with friends.

I added pearl jewelry because if you’re going to wear a graphic tee, everything else needs to be really ladylike.  Same advice goes for the d’orsay kitten heels.  The coral clutch from Reiss is also extremely feminine in a prim and proper sort of way, but the color makes it a bit more modern.

For the hair, I would definitely wear mine up in a French twist or a wavy, twisted updo.  For the makeup, I would choose a barely-there red lip (think Fresh lip treatment‘s kiss of color) and a lightly rosy cheek and subtle, winged eyeliner. 

For Casual Friday.  With bright yellows and bold greens, this outfit is definitely a spring/summer combination.  I like the flirty skirt and proper cardi with the tee.  It says, “Yes, I’m girly, but I have a sense of humor about it.”

To accessorize this combination, I added a yellow stone statement necklace from Kate Spade.  I also adore these little bee earrings from Alex Monroe.  They’re just so charming. 

I paired this look with a basic crossbody bag in a neutral tan.  I also added a cognac sandal, which would be fine for my office, but may not be fine for yours.  If that’s the case, try a gold or neutral ballet flat. 

For the hair, I would wear it down.  If you’re under the age of 25, try a thin, gold headband.  For the makeup, pink cheeks, defined brows (bright colors require defined brows) and greige nails. 


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  1. EM says:

    I was doubtful when I saw the t-shirt this morning, but this works. I would like it better with a tweed suit, however.

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  2. MM says:

    Love that you recomended the bee earrings – I got a similar pair off etsy a while ago (https://www.etsy.com/listing/66540719/tiny-bee-stud-earrings – they were $12 plus shipping, for those who need a budget option) – but I've felt a little funny about wearing them since seeing your post on the modcloth bug earings – was a little worried they might be mistaken for those – but if you're recomending, they must be ok – I should never have second guessed myself!

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  3. b23 says:

    Do people really carry clutches to the office?

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    b23: I do at least two days per week. I keep most of my essentials in my desk, so I can travel light.

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  5. Terri says:

    Really enjoying the color block approach to separates.

    March 22, 2012/Reply