Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Try-it-out Tuesday: putting cute in its place

   Recently Carol of In Pursuit of Pretty Things wore an outfit that included a Jedidiah tee, accompanied by the question: is there an age cutoff for cute graphic tees?
    My closet does include a handful of Threadless, Yoshitomo Nara, and Jedidiah tees, and I wondered whether they definitively need to be relegated to weekend grocery-store runs, or can venture out on occasion.
     I first channeled my inner 12-year-old mallrat (do people use that word anymore?) and paired the tee with skinny jeans.
"That night we talked about our dreams" design by Lim Heng Swee
     I decided to attempt to weight the scale toward sophisticated instead of cute by swapping out the skinnies for trouser jeans. I then added a turquoise jacket purchased a while back but never worn yet (say hello to closet orphan #3).
     Disclaimer: I know that fuchsia does NOT match everything. :) Plus I realize that a skinny belt does look silly sliding around a trouser jean's substantial waistband.
     The last touch was adding a heeled shoe because these trouser jeans, despite their petite fit, are still a little long on me. (I know you really can't see the shoes, but I ran out of time.)
     Verdict: I just don't think this works. I don't like the tucked-in shirt, although the tee's slouchy fit and jacket's cropped length made it necessary. I think the pair-it-with-a-jacket strategy might work, though, and I plan to see how my other tees and jackets look together.
      If you've got some constructive criticism, please leave me a comment! I'd love to hear your honest opinion about this outfit and whether I need to put the rabbits on house arrest. ...

5 comments:

  1. IRYC (in response to your comment on my site): Thanks, Carrie! I sure try!! I think mixing prints is such a tricky thing, but if done well, it's so refreshing and different than just being conventional!


    I hope you continue to visit!

    I love that ruffle jacket. And what a great color.

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  2. zebra and meerkat -- thank you for dropping by! :)

    Mae Lu - I love the ruffles too, but I think they will be interesting to iron. :) My closet is in dire need of color, however, so I think I will get some good use out of this.

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  3. I like the ruffles on the jacket--I think it needs a simple outfit to make it shine, and I say the same thing about the t-shirt! I think if you had a plain blazer over it, it would look cute and fresh!

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  4. Good ideas, Courtney! I will definitely give it a try. :)

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