Sunday Best: v. 11: A New Way to Style Too-Tight Tees

Please tell me I’m not the only one who owns cotton tees that are just a little too snug, maybe from the wash or maybe because you bought them slightly too small, but you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of it because who likes buying basics?

So maybe I’ve narrowed my audience down to a few lone people, but hey ladies, this post is for YOU! Welcome. Thanks for coming. There’s buffalo chicken dip in the family room. Help yourself!

Anyway. I bought a “Blog So Hard” tee from Whitney’s blog I Wore Yoga Pants to Work during the first month she started selling fabulous blog t-shirts back in November. I ordered a size small and really should have sized up and ordered a medium. My pride (and my wallet) said I needed to suck it up (or in) and wear it anyway. Remember this look?

Plaid Infinity Scarf Blog So Hard Tee Skinny Jeans Navy Blazer Boots 2

Ahhh layers. Wearing it under a blazer made it a little easier to hide the fact that it was probably a little snug.

After a few washes, this cotton tee looks perfect for an American Girl Doll. Alright, so I’m exaggerating, but it was about time I get a little creative and figure out a new way to style a too-tight tee. Here’s what I came up with:

Layer a graphic tee over a patterned dress and finish with a knot for an easy summer look

Layer a snug tee over a dress and knot at the waist

Tee: I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
Dress: Pavement
Sandals: TJ Maxx
Earrings: NY & Co.

By layering the tee over a dress and knotting it at the waist, I was able to create a slim, casual summer look, perfect for a hot Sunday out and about. Obviously, layering a tight tee over just any ol’ dress won’t work, so aim for ones without any embellishments or extra fabric at the top and one that will do well from the waist down. I suggest any fit and flares or defined-waist dresses. This is where you can have loads of fun with patterns, colors, and textures! Give it a try to see what works for you. Other options could be belting instead of typing into a knot, tucking into a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants, and–gasp–cutting into a CLASSY crop top (but be very careful with this! Cut too much off and you’ve lost your tee).

During last week’s Sunday Best, @readwriteteachstyle was the most clicked on post! She was our brave Instagrammer who has linked up her fabulous teaching looks. Be sure to hop over and say hi!

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And now it’s your turn! Let’s see YOUR Sunday Best:

The Modern Austen

 

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Sunday Best is a weekly link up where you can share your favorite look from the previous week or the week to come. Join me and my stylish friends, share your outfits, gain inspiration, and discover new blogs! To join, simply add your link at the bottom of this post, link back to The Modern Austen (or add a button), and visit the other participants! Link party opens on Sunday mornings around 8:00 AM EST–please, only one style/outfit-related post per week.

Linking up to: Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, Mix-It Mondays, Style to Inspire, Watch What I Am Wearing, Fashionably Employed

The Friday 5: v.30

The Friday 5 is a weekly feature highlighting interesting, controversial, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and/or creative content worth reading and sharing. I always find the best blog posts, articles, outfits, and inspiration from other bloggers, so I hope I can do the same for you. Here’s to hoping something will make a difference in your weekend!

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Get Motivated

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  5. Jana kills it again: On Balancing Blogging and Real Life is a must-read and a must-do!

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  1. Shop your favorite bloggers’ closets and get the look for less!
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  3. Do you ever take the time to think about what your blog’s name means? What your “brand” means to you? Here’s what it means to be “modern Austen.”
  4. This morning felt like a crisp and cool fall day! Now I’m dreaming about layers and saturated colors.
  5. I don’t think this post will EVER get old, I’m sorry I share it every other Friday 5.

Hello hello, dear friends! I hope you have had a fabulous week. It’s been a pretty good one for me–nothing too crazy to share. All I can say is that I am SO grateful that it’s Friday and that it’s a nice LONG weekend. I don’t know about you, but I need it. Recovery and catch up is on the agenda. What are your plans to celebrate Labor Day?

Urban Picnic

Tie a loose gingham over lace shorts

The subtle lace adds a nice texture to the bold gingham blouse

photo credit: Angelica from Syntaxx Errorrr
Blouse: c/o Ali
Shorts: LOFT
Sandals: Clarks

When I put together this look, I immediately wondered if I looked like a cowgirl or a picnic blanket. In either case, I said screw it and wore it anyway! Angelica and I went hunting for a new photo shoot location for a walk during lunch and decided for once we would turn to the right instead of left and it dawned on us that we totally had time to walk across the same bridge that I take into work every day. In case you’re not from Pittsburgh (or you live under a rock), bridges are kind of a big deal in this city. We have 446 of them (3 more than Venice!)*. Over 29 of them cross the three rivers and they are all different types. Most of them are yellow or rusted steel, but this one is one of my favorites. (Closely following the infamous Clemente bridge, of course.)

I have only worn these shorts a few times this summer (also seen here) and find that they are a little harder to style than one might think. I’ve been searching for the perfect sheer black 3/4 sleeved blouse to pair with it for an evening out (because THAT happens so often), but have yet to find the right one in my price range. I went a little bold with this outfit, pairing the shorts with such a bright and noticeable pattern, but I think I like it anyway. Mixing textures is always something underrated and under-appreciated; it can really add something special to an otherwise boring look.

Have you challenged yourself to wear something totally different, unexpected, and out of your comfort zone? If you haven’t in a while, I challenge you to do so this week. I’d love to hear (and see!) what this look is for you and how it made you feel all day. Feel free to comment or tag me on Instagram @themodernausten!

Choose contrasting colors for your backdrop

*Okay, so I had to look this up. I realize this is from 2006, but it’s from WTAE so it’s legit. There’s likely even more bridges now because we apparently must have ALL THE BRIDGES!

Linking up to: What I Wore WednesdayI Feel PrettyRandom WednesdaysYour Whims WednesdayWhatcha Wearing WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayColor Brigade

Sunday Best: v.10

Add interest to a cotton dress with pattern mixing accessories

Lavender, Periwinkle, and Gray are a nice soft color combination

photo credit: Angelica from Syntaxx Errorrr
Dress: Calvin Klein c/o Ali
Scarf: Simply Vera via Kohl’s
Sandals: T. J. Maxx

And just like that, it’s another Sunday Best! It feels like the weeks are just flying by. This week was particularly tiring, a result of two weekends of travel in a row and a very busy phase at work. I don’t mind the busyness at all, but I do mind that it has taken its toll on my blogging and my thoughts about blogging. I went to a book club on Tuesday to discuss Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly (which, by the way, is amazing. I hope to review it at some point.) and the conversation steered around to the “Glorification of Busy” that has swept up our society. It’s a bit of a paradox because we all long for those moments of relaxation and rest, but we don’t want to give up anything, either. It would be one thing if I was pursuing activities that weren’t serving myself, but I am! This makes it all the harder to give something up.  I’m on the leadership team for Levo League Pittsburgh, writing for and managing The Modern Austen, fulfilling a passion of mine with swing dancing, traveling for work, preparing for three upcoming weddings, and praying about potentially becoming a youth group leader for this school year at my church. How blessed I am to have these opportunities! I recently read a post on Instagram from @carolinegshop in which Carrie shared how she gave up her second job and various commitments to focus on what was truly fulfilling and in doing so, it allowed her to become even better at what she loved: serving others. What if all of what I’m doing is fulfilling and something I enjoy? How do we choose, if we have to choose at all? Just some thoughts in the back of my mind…

ANYWAY. Back to the fashion. I spent some time at my college roommate Ali’s apartment this past Monday evening to welcome our friend Megan who just moved to Pittsburgh. We went through her closet and, lucky me, she gave me some of her clothes! One of these scores was this super comfy Calvin Klein dress. While I do not fill out the top of this dress very well (silly chesticles), I liked it a lot and threw on a coordinating scarf instead. When you work at a very casual outfit and you’re at your desk all day, it’s really easy to dress like you don’t care much (especially if you wake up late), but I try to step it up at least a little bit! This was a nice happy medium. I really enjoyed the color combination and felt comfortable all day.

Wanna know a secret? This is the first time I’ve ever worn “shapewear” before. And by shapewear, I actually mean these spandex-y shorts from Target that I got for swing dancing (twirly skirts are a serious business, people) that are great for smoothing and modesty, but really crappy for staying unrolled. Is this normal for everyone? How do people who do yoga in tiny spandex shorts not have to continuously pull them down or adjust them? Or maybe when you’re super tiny in the butt/legs that doesn’t happen? Someone fill me in! Anyway, I was glad I wore them because thin cotton does not do me (or most people) any favors.

Neutral gray paired with shades of blue and purple

Shop for some great striped cotton dresses with my picks:
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Last week’s Sunday Best featured some really great looks! The most clicked-on outfit was Aubrey’s from Aubreyland! I am SUCH a fan of her classic and flattering look.

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Let’s see YOUR Sunday Best:

The Modern Austen

 

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Sunday Best is a weekly link up where you can share your favorite look from the previous week or the week to come. Join me and my stylish friends, share your outfits, gain inspiration, and discover new blogs! To join, simply add your link at the bottom of this post, link back to The Modern Austen (or add a button), and visit the other participants! Link party opens on Sunday mornings around 8:00 AM EST–please, only one style/outfit-related post per week.

Linking up to: Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, Mix-It Mondays, Style to Inspire, Watch What I Am Wearing, Fashionably Employed