How to Style the T-shirt Trend

Tee shirts with dressy bottoms? Yay or nay?

I’m spilling the tea (or should I say Cola) on styling your favorite tees!

There have been some major mixed reviews on this trend within the industry and as a HUGE supporter of it (I shared a sneak peak of this love in My Monthly Style Roundup), I want to share my favorite ways to create a look like this!

The current tee trend revolves around pairing two unexpected items for a dressy casual look; dressy bottoms like silky skirts, suit shorts, or dressy pants outfitted with a casual tee shirt . Though pairing the unexpected is key to rocking this trend, it is important to find the right top to casually compliment the dressier bottom. Though I’m a BIG fan of sporting oversized men’s T-shirt’s, to score on this trend you must find a happy medium. Pairing a silky skirt or pant with a TOO oversized top will appear sloppy. Instead opt for small men’s tees or a fitted woman’s tee tucked or tied at the waist for a similar esthetic.

So, when is it appropriate to style and sport your favorite graphic or band tee? I would argue it depends what you pair together and the way you style the overall look. For a brunch date to Sunday’s in Brooklyn, I styled my new favorite Lucky Brand Coca-Cola tee with a pair of dressy, wide leg Zara bottoms and Shein platforms. This made for the PERFECT combo of dressy, cool, and casual! Though I wouldn’t suggest this particular style for the workplace, traditionally dressy brands like Anthropologie are pairing tees and skirts for the upcoming fall season leading me to believe the right pair can be worn ANYWHERE!

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Though this is the first time I paired my new top from one of my FAVORITE boutiques in Central Pennsylvania (of course I stopped in The Little Black Dress during my visit) with these dressy black pants, I look forward to seeing how many different ways I can style the top. I’d love to see it paired with bold color or patterned satin midi skirt and strappy heels, a suit and chunky sneakers, and of course a classic pair of denim.

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How will you style your favorite tee?

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P.s. this post is NOT sponsored by Coca-Cola, I just really LOVE it!!

Autumn Essentials Part 3: Fall Patterns

If you know me or have visited A Grim Sense of Style before, you’re likely shocked to see Part 3 in this series revolves around patterns…we all know I’m obsessed with neutrals!

BUT there is a time and place for everything and if you’re like me, you will find this fall season the perfect time to introduce new items into your wardrobe!

Fall Leopard Print 1

Because I know what it is like to not always love the way you look in certain patterns, prints, and colors I’ve challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone this season and find those I DO love to wear.

Can we do this together?

I have curated a collection of fall patterns in a variety of styles suitable to every wardrobe so we can conquer our fear of prints together!

Autumn Animal Print


Okay I know I JUST stated that I never wear print (and that is true); however I should have said I never wear print UNLESS it is leopard.  For as long as I can remember I have LOVED to wear leopard print, and I am so pleased at its popularity this season!  I didn’t waste any time kicking off fall fashion early in a leopard print dress for SS19 Fashion Week, and haven’t stopped wearing the print since.  Certainly for Fashion Week my choice was a bit more bold where as on a typical day I prefer a more subtle dose of leopard.  I love that these Design Lab leopard print denim (they are currently on sale for $23!) add texture to this look but in a delicate way.  The print is subtle enough that even paired with the color blocking of this duster jacket it remains classic.  This look is perfect for both a casual work environment as well as a weekend of shopping in the city!


Though is it more popular this season, leopard has always been a go to print for women.  However, python is the latest animal print trend hitting the scene this autumn season! Unlike leopard print, I personally find this pattern to be best suited for my wardrobe in the form of shoes and boots (I am still kicking myself for passing by the python boots I discovered on clearance last season but was too afraid to rock!!! Moral of the story, never let fear stop you!) Here are some understated but fierce ways to confidently wear python print this season.

Fall Floral

And if I’m being honest, I’m loving more than just animal print this season!  Here I go again with the shock factor…I NEVER wear floral, BUT I am loving floral in autumn shades for fall.  Whether full on floral prints in tops and winter dresses (hello Autumn Essentials Part 2!) or floral embroidered denim, fall floral is the perfect combination of femininity and fierceness!

BONUS: Fellow style blogger (and RACHEL!!!) at RAW Design Blog has also curated a list of patterned autumn essentials BUT on a very specific budget.  Check out her fall wardrobe suggestions in her Falling for Fall on a Budget collection here.

So what do you think…can we rock these prints together?  What is your go to print for autumn?  Or what pattern do you feel most confident in throughout the year?

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