Style Session: Graphic Tee 6 Ways

Today, I am transitioning my weekly style session series to the blog. The past few weeks I have been sharing six ways to style one item in my closet on ig stories to help my instababes find new and creative ways to maximize their wardrobes. This week, I decided I wanted to start sharing these sessions on the blog in addition to my stories, to give them more of a permanent home and a place for you to easily reference them in the future.

The item I’m styling this week is a graphic tee. I bought this coffee please t-shirt recently and wanted to style it to give myself lots of ideas of how I could wear my new piece to get great mileage out of it this season. The tee is very affordable at $12.99 and comes in both straight and plus sizes. I personally sized up to a 3X since it is a cropped length. Graphic tees have been a very popular trend for several seasons now, so most of us probably have at least one in our closets just begging to be worn. Whether you are incorporating a new tee into your wardrobe, or remixing a piece from your current closet, this style session is for you!

The first way I styled this tee is with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, a closet staple I am always reaching for! I did a quick front tuck on the shirt and tossed on a leopard print belt for a peek of pattern. Over the tee I’m wearing a classic utility vest in army green – a must have piece for transitional layering. Lastly, add neutral accessories. Taupe booties, a tan hat (you know I can’t resist them!), and cognac colored handbag. One of my favorite parts of this tee is that it has 2 brown tones between the shirt color and the printed words, which means it will go with a variety of neutrals in the brown, tan, and taupe families.

The second way I chose to style my tee is in a front knot over a pleated midi skirt. I think it is such a fun and whimsical way to dress up a graphic tee. Plus, how gorgeous is this midi skirt for fall? I’m wearing a size XXL in the skirt and love it paired with this tan tee. I threw on a pair of nude pumps and grabbed my favorite leopard clutch for an easy and cute date night look.

For my third look with this tee, I went full on weekend errand running mode. I love throwing a flannel shirt open over a tee to mimic the look of a jacket. It’s an easy way to layer for warmth and add visual interest to an outfit. I find it a bit warm to wear a jacket while running around a grocery store or just sitting in my car at a bank drive thru, so this is a great option for busy weekends. I threw on my Converse shorelines which slip on and grabbed a navy handbag to play on the colors of the plaid shirt. This is a super simple combo that could be easily replicated with a variety of different graphic tees and colored flannels.

For my next look, I decided to play with one of my favorite fall trends; corduroy skirts! This one is from last year, but I have seen so many cute corduroy skirts popping up in gorgeous rich tones this season too. Many are super affordable and I love that they can be dressed up or down, and worn with tights to carry them into winter too! Again I played off the neutral palette of the tee but adding the brown skirt, tan booties, and cognac handbag. To break-up an otherwise monochromatic look, I added a striped cardigan that adds touches of light pink and deep rust to the overall look.

For this fifth look I wanted to play with an edgier styling. I paired my faux leather leggings that are a dupe for the Spanx version for a fraction of the cost (wearing an XXL) with a hiking/combat style black boot. Very 90s grunge. Plus, combat boots are very popular this fall and I snagged this pair for under $40. To add to this ode to grunge look, I added a buffalo plaid flannel shirt open over it and then topped with a vest to complete the look. I stayed in a mostly black color palette so the tee isn’t fighting with the rest of the outfit for attention.

For the sixth and final look in this style session, I paired my tee with a bold stripe cardigan for a healthy dose of color. I love, love, love the colors in this cardigan. It is one of those pieces that just makes me happy. You know those pieces? Anyways, I have knotted my tee, put on the happiest cardigan, threw on my favorite dark wash jeans, and then paired with caramel booties, hat, and bag. I think this a great basic outfit for casual Friday, date night, or any weekend activity.

That wraps up this week’s style session. I hope this was helpful in inspiring new ways to wear your graphic tees this fall!

xo, Ray

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