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Monday, May 26, 2014

Mix and Match: Striped Skirt and Graphic Tee

For this week's Mix and Match feature I was inspired by this striped skirt from Target.  Beautiful, bold stripes, but less than $20!  WHAT!  





Outfit 1
I paired this skirt with a pretty yellow chiffon top, intending to tuck it in and blouse it out a bit at the waist.  I love blue and yellow together, but since I know a lot of people who think they can't wear yellow I was playing around with some green top options too.  Something like this one.

(BTW, I used to think I couldn't wear yellow because of my skin tone too, but it turns out there are many shades of yellow, and I was surprised when I found some that I actually liked on me!)

I know some people who get really anxious about whether or not the whites/lights in your outfit match exactly, but I personally don't make a huge deal about it unless it looks really strange.  It's way too stressful otherwise!  :)

This could be worn to an office paired with the blazer and sensible shoes as shown.  Or wear it sans blazer plus shiny bangles and a smaller bag for a night out.  And go for some sleeker shoes like these if you want!

Shop Outfit #1:
Blazer: SheInside
Top: Chicwish
Skirt: Target
Necklace: Francesca's
Shoes: 6pm
Bag: Forever 21





Outfit 2
I wanted to make a more laid back outfit with the skirt, but I couldn't decide on how simple or laid back to make it.  My first inclination with a patterned skirt is always to go for a plain tee on top, but since some of you have written to me over the years asking what else to pair with a patterned skirt besides a plain tee, I wanted to provide a different option.  Try a graphic tee!  Yes, with a patterned skirt!

This umbrella tee is more interesting than a plain white tee.  And whereas I'd normally pair a graphic tee with jeans or shorts, pairing one with a pencil skirt creates a cool mix of being laid back and a little dressed up at the same time.  If you can wear fedoras, rock one with this outfit to complete the look!

Shop Outfit #2:
Umbrella Tee: J.Crew Factory
Skirt: Target
Hat: Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Bag: Target





Outfit 3
Here's a casual summer outfit with the umbrella tee.  Instead of pairing it with standard blue jeans I opted for coral shorts to give the outfit more pop.  Since I recently got on board the white sneaker train I couldn't pass on a chance to put them in.  You can go for the infamous Converse All Stars, but I also found this great pair from H&M that doesn't have the red stripe.  If it cools down at night in your area, opt for a cargo jacket as a light layer.  Hat and sunglasses are optional, of course!

Shop Outfit #3:
Tee: J.Crew 
Jacket: Old Navy
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Kohl's Converse All Stars / H&M / Target
Hat: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Tote: Madewell



How would you style either of these pieces?

17 comments:

  1. I really like this mix and match concept. I really do just more of a remix. There is a blogger that does a day to day challenge by taking one item from the previous day and re-wearing it the next. I'm not sure I could do that since I don't have a whole lot basic pieces (people would know) but I really liked the concept. It's like an instant remix and you're not locked in to the 30x30.

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  2. TheAdventuresofBugandBooMonday, May 26, 2014

    I like all of these outfits! I'd wear gold cutout flats maybe with the yellow blouse & necklace, I tend to get cream/white shoes scuffed pretty quickly. I love the tee with the skirt - I do a lot of plain tees with plain bottoms but clearly need to get more exciting with mixes and matches! My outfit spreadsheet (yes, seriously...!) is getting some inspiration here :)

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  3. These are all great outfits! You make me wanna buy clothes, specially the ones from target. You got a good eye for things that are nice, don't know how you do it. Cheers!

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  4. Haha that could either be a good thing or a bad thing! Hopefully you don't have buyer's remorse ;)

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  5. Thank you, Julieta! Well the good news is that Target is cheap. And if you don't live in the States, then a striped pencil skirt isn't hard to find!

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  6. Oooh I love the idea of gold cutout flats with that outfit! I personally need to do the graphic tee + patterned skirt thing too. When I'm making a layout on my computer, it's a no-brainer, but for some reason when I'm standing in front of my own closet it doesn't come together like that!

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  7. So far I've loved all the things I've gotten (cargo vest and ankle boots). Can't wait till the tee comes! Thanks! :)

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  8. How comfortable are the beige wedges fr. 6pm? And what would you say about the fit? Run to size?

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  9. I don't own them, so I can't speak about what they feel like. Sorry!

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  10. I have never heard about it - oh my goodness it looks AMAZING!! I love the idea of visual storage, so much better than reading through an excel file ha. I requested an invite - can't wait to check it out - thanks for the heads up!

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  11. Love the striped skirt and umbrella tee...I would definitely do the umbrella tee with stripes!

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  12. I'm with Vann girl. Now I own a green cargo jacket, olive skinnies, the navy and white stripe skirt and lots of jewelry pieces. My wallet doesn't thank you, but I do!

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  13. Meghan, you need to share this blog!

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  14. I love this series and how you show how 2 different items can make 3 different outfits. I love the first look.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  15. I love these posts! Thanks for taking the time to put them together! I have lately become really fond of pairing my graphic tees with maxi skirts and a fun skinny belt around the top of the skirt :)

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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  16. I love love LOVE outfit #2! always searching for a stylish way to bring my old but loved graphic tees back from the grave. now that I think about it, I have almost all the makings of this outfit. I'll probably be copying it soon ;) thanks Audrey! hope you are well!!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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