Did you forget how to wear color?

I’ve had a busy week with some uninspired outfits, so I haven’t been doing regular outfit posts. Looking back at the past few days, though, I noticed a trend: I wore almost no color this week.

Monday: Gray top and jeans, though points for trying with the pink shoes. (Outfit originally posted here)

Tuesday: Black top, jeans, black sandals.

Wednesday: Black tank top, gray cardigan, jeans, pewter shoes. (Flashback: almost the exact outfit I wore in one of my first posts, back on March 8!)

Thursday: Hard to tell, but the cardigan’s navy with black detailing. Still, dark cardigan, black tank, jeans, black shoes.

And today I’m in my black uniform polo for work. Ack! At least I’m rocking my Missoni flats today for some color.

Seriously! I do wear black a lot because it’s a school color and I work for my school. Still, there’s no reason to go a whole week with barely any color! I might need to start up Colleen’s Color Rotation Challenge again just to get out of this boring pattern. I think I stick to neutrals because they’re easy, but I know color can be just as easy, too — I like wearing color, when I remember to! Here’s hoping I can get a better color spread next week. Cheers!


In support of T-shirts

I’ve been reading fashion blogs for nearly a year now, and I think I can safely say that I have never seen a T-shirt. I’m not talking about $30 Banana Republic “T-shirts,” or even $8 Old Navy “T-shirts” — those, to me, are just shirts, and they’re worn all the time. The basic T-shirt, however, gets no love. People wear them to sleep or to the gym, but never in real-life situations. I realize most bloggers I read are adults with jobs, and you can’t wear T-shirts to work, but really?  You guys never just get up and throw on a T-shirt and jeans to go to the store?

I’m a college student, so I’m surrounded by T-shirts every day. There’s always some group handing them out on campus, sorority members seem to get new ones every week, and the bookstore sells them so inexpensively that anyone with some measure of school spirit has one in at least four colors. Admittedly, most people do wear them lazily, with athletic shorts and baseball caps and things that I don’t think belong in classrooms. I know we read and like fashion blogs because we like fashion, and T-shirts aren’t fashionable. But I don’t think it’s necessary to stigmatize T-shirts as sloppy, lazy wear, either. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to make one your outfit for the day, as long as you put some effort into it.

The easy thing is to put the shirt on with sweats or jeans, grab your nearest flip flops, do whatever is necessary to kind of tame your hair and run off to class.

But it’s so easy to make a few small, easy changes and make the look a ton neater! Check out what I did today:

Roll up the sleeves and pull up the hem so the shirt actually looks like it fits right. Add a tank top underneath to pick up one of the colors in the shirt. Wear flats instead of your flip flops. BRUSH YOUR HAIR.

I know it’s still not fashionable, and I know it’s not something most of you would put on your blog for a day. But it’s something I can still pull off in college, and I think it’s fine. I honestly welcome your thoughts on this topic. Let me know where you stand on T-shirts.

(Unrelated, but the shirt is a concert T-shirt from Train’s summer tour. I had the pleasure of seeing them (and Maroon 5!) at two different tour stops, and they were wonderful both times. It’s kind of a weird shirt, but Train has been my favorite band since junior high, and it was exciting to find a non-black concert T, so I’m rolling with it. Cheers.)

Missoni for Target flats! Worn three ways.

I know I’ve been saying that I was working up to a big post, and this is it!

I’m sure you all followed the big Missoni for Target fiasco earlier this week. If not, in a nutshell, the collection went on sale last Tuesday and was basically sold out both in-store and online by the end of that same night. So. Everyone went a little crazy, to say the least.

I had my eye on the collection all summer, and when the lookbook came out I knew that if I got nothing else, I had to have the ballet flats. Missoni is all about bold, bright zigzag knits, and I’m more of a basic solids-and-stripes girl, but I figured I could handle a pair of shoes. Plus, everyone needs a crazy pair of shoes, right? So I had one of my friends, who works at Target, keep an eye out for me, and when the collection finally arrived he was able to snag a pair in my size.

I was so thrilled to get them! The colors were not exactly what expected, and they’re a little more low-cut than I usually wear, but I love them. Also, I had no idea how fashion-savvy my coworkers were until I wore them to work right after I got them and was swarmed by at least four people, much to the bafflement of our male supervisors. That was a good laugh.

Anyway, because colored shoes are so far outside my usual dressing habits, I knew I had to start wearing them right away. I also wanted to try to wear them in as many ways as possible, because a lot of the time things like colorful shoes become items I wear once a month, with the same shirt every time. Ready?

Tuesday, I kept it simple. I had a tank top in the exact color of one of the zigzags, and threw a black cardigan on to keep it school/worksafe, which picked up the black zigzag, too. Opted for cuffed skinny jeans to show off the shoes!

Wednesday was even easier. This plain black dress is one of my favorite items of clothing, because it’s cute and simple enough to be the perfect backdrop for whatever crazy accessories I choose to throw at it. Also, how delighted was I to discover that I had a headband that matched a zigzag in the shoes? So delighted.

Thursday was my most work-friendly outfit with the shoes. Again, I tried to keep things mostly simple up top to balance the shoes. I wanted to wear this with black slacks, but the only pair I have at school right now are tailored for heels, so that was no good. But it still works!

So there you go, one pair of multicolored zigzag shoes, worn three ways. I have several more outfits planned — when I first got the shoes, I thought I would be in trouble because I didn’t think I had many items in appropriate colors, but in the past few days I’ve come up with tons of combinations of what I have, combined with black and white and gray.

I had hoped to wear the shoes at least five days in a row. Unfortunately, I have learned the unhappy lesson that even with its colors and zigzags, Missoni for Target is still nowhere close to Missoni. Check out the soles of the shoes after three days of simply walking around a college campus:

Seriously. It’s disappointing and pretty much unacceptable, and if I didn’t love the way they look I would take them back. But I do, indeed, love them, so after class today I took them to our local shoe repair shop to get proper soles (then walked home barefoot, to the amusement of the repair man). I’ll have them back next Friday, at which point you can expect to see them again. Terrible soles and all, I’m so glad to have them in my closet! Cheers!

Did any of you manage to snag Missoni for Target items? What did you get? What do you think?

Oops! I belted again.

Okay, yeah, there’s nothing “oops” about belting. You guys should just recognize by now that I can never pass up an opportunity for a lame post title.

Anyway, I tried a belted cardigan for the first time on Tuesday and love, love, loved the way it looked. I do jeans and a cardigan all the time, but belting it just made it look so much more mature, which is always something I aim for.

Yesterday, I needed a classy outfit to wear on a job assignment, and it was too windy for a dress or a skirt. I had forgotten about this cardigan — bought on clearance at Banana Republic around Christmas, worn the first week of the semester — but I found it again and decided to give it a go. Last time I wore it, I put it with jeans, a gray tank and black wedges. This time, I wanted to give my brown wedges a day out, because I rarely wear them, so I went with a brown tank, too. And when I remembered that I own a skinny brown belt? Well. I just had to belt it.

Some parts of this still threw me off a bit — can I match my belt to my tank top? am I wearing the belt too high? — but for the most part I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I didn’t know if the belting would work with the sweater — you can’t really tell, but it has these chiffon-ish rose-ish things around the top and edges — but it did! Cheers.

Looks like I’m going to need to go cardigan-shopping. And belt-shopping. Uh oh….

Petite Fashion Challenge #7: The Little Black Dress

My second Petite Fashion Challenge! So exciting. Last month this was an extremely fun day — I got a chance to ‘meet’ a lot of new petite bloggers, and a lot of people visited Grammar and Style for the first time, too. I love challenge days because they really make you feel like you’re part of a community!

Today’s challenge, hosted by Jessy of The Little Dust Princess, is the Little Black Dress.

A little black dress (LBD) is essential in every woman’s wardrobe. It’s always great for back-up if you run out of outfit ideas for a night out. Adding a pop of colour to your LBD will change up its look and make your dress a little less boring.

For this challenge, add a pop of colour (or two) to your little black dress to change up the look. You could add anything from an accessory to a blazer, or even nail polish!

Be creative anddddd good luck!

I know the Little Black Dress is the classic “night out” dress. Wear one for a night on the town, going to classy places and hanging out with friends. They’re easy to wear, flattering and always in style.

However, sadly, because I am a 20-year-old college student, I don’t really get excuses to wear fancy LBDs. So, here’s something a little different for you: the dressed-down LBD. Still not anything I would wear to class, but simple enough for a day out shopping or a casual dinner.

The dress itself is super basic —  I got it for about $14 at Forever 21 last year. I love the cut of it — the length is perfect, and tie-waist dresses are my favorite. I’m not crazy about the low-cut  front, but, as you’ll see, I generally work around that.

To dress it up, or down, I suppose, I add a colorful tank top under it. The color brightens up the dress and makes it a little less night-out-LBD, and having the extra layer prevents the whole “This feels uncomfortably low-cut” issue, which also makes it more acceptable to wear in a casual setting. I thought the neckline and color plus a necklace would be too much, so I skipped a necklace in favor of flashier earrings.  If I was going out to dinner, I’d throw on wedges or heels, but to wear around all day I’d stick with my flat black sandals.

Tadah! It’s an LBD, but it’s worn simply. Cute and classy but not overdone.

Bonus outfit: My formal LBD. This dress, from Macy’s, was love at first sight. I needed a formal black dress because my school colors are black and gold, so at some point I will be required to wear formal black and gold; I figure a black dress with gold accessories will be the easiest way to do it. I wore the dress to my aunt’s wedding a month ago and was so pleased with everything about it. The cut is fantastic and extremely flattering, and it was comfortable, too.

I stuck with a black belt and black shoes for the wedding, because it was a “Black & White” wedding, but I would love to experiment with it by wearing different accessories. Red belt/shoes? White? Pink? So many possibilities. An adventure for another day.

Can’t wait to see all of your LBDs!

Cheers, MG

Defeated by a false alarm

When I started the No Pants Challenge, I did so with the caveat of “I am only doing this as long as it is practical — I am not wearing dresses in storms.” Because we were predicted to have thunderstorms and maybe a tornado today, I spent the whole day in pants. So disappointing! I didn’t even make it for a week. And it never rained! It was windy and the temperature dropped a lot, but rain never happened.

I always want to coordinate to my rainboots, so I went with a simple black/white/gray scheme. Nothing exciting, but it gets the job done. Also, how terribly stumpy do my legs look with these rainboots? There has to be a better way.

I got lost wandering around new parts of town today and ended up walking 4.5+ miles in my rainboots, up and down hills and whatnot in 70+ degree weather. At least I got my exercise, right?

Every day, I find  new pretty places for backpack tripod and I to set up camp and get some pics. I feel like a lot of them end up more focused on the setting than on me, but I’m cool with that. If you’re going to look at my boring outfits, you might as well get to see a nice creek, too.

Cardigan and boots: Target. Jeans: Old Navy. Tank: Kohl’s.

All shades of ridiculous

Yesterday was cold. Like, 40s for a good portion of the day. This is Missouri weather, as we have seen time and time again. Hot, cold, sunny, rainy, all in the space of a week or less.

I got lucky for most of the day — I had to be in a band uniform, which meant I was allowed to break the No Pants Challenge and layer up my pants. For the night, though, I was supposed to go to a party with the friend in charge of the challenge, so there was no escaping going pantsless.

It was a conundrum. I have dresses that I can wear with tights, but either a) the dress was dirty, b) the tights were dirty, c) I had already brought the relevant items home for the winter, or d) it was an outfit that required heels, and I was headed to a very laid-back party.

I think shoes were my biggest problem. My black flats just gave up life, I wasn’t in the mood for heels or wedges and sandals were out of the question. So, that just left my black boots. In the 5 minutes, I had to change, I tried very hard to assemble a non-ridiculous outfit that would include the boots, tights and a skirt. The result, as I told my roommate, was me looking “all shades of ridiculous.”

I honestly don’t like anything about this outfit, because it is so very not me. The short skirt and the boots and the tights and just ugh. I like the gray tank and the black cardigan, but I would have rather worn it with a pair of sandals and a black skirt. I think the outfit might have even been okay with flats, had I had them. But as it was, I didn’t really like the outfit. Boo. What do you think of this? How could I have made it better?

Oh, and the best part? I got to the party and my challenge-setting friend was in jeans. Does that mean I win?

Cardigan, skirt — Kohl’s. Tank — Banana Republic. Boots — Local boutique. Necklace — American Eagle. Tights — Stolen from little sister!

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