Today's Everyday Fashion: The Concert Tee Debate

 
Concert tee, ankle boots, denim shorts
Concert tee, western belt, denim shorts
Concert tee, ankle boots, denim shorts
Concert tee, western belt, denim shorts
Inspiration: Margo Robbie via Mega

Inspiration: Margo Robbie via Mega

 

It's a long-debated topic: is it okay to wear a t-shirt with a band you don't regularly listen to on it? Or one that's touting a subculture you don't otherwise engage in, like Star Trek, Disney, Harley, etc.? Up until now, I've been wearing whatever band t-shirt I want thankyouverymuch, so I found this recent article "Opinion: Stop Making Metal a Fashion Statement" fascinating. Like the title suggests, the author would absolutely like you to stop wearing said t-shirts if you didn't go to the concert or buy the album. However...

  • Even if you purchase a band t-shirt from a store like Forever 21, that band is still getting a royalty. So technically you are showing support and respect for that artist, right? And is buying a t-shirt that's merely suggestive of rock or metal, then, better or worse than wearing a genuine logo?
  • Should personal style be treated differently than other "arts"? For example, are you expected to have in-depth of knowledge of the culture surrounding the food you are eating and preparing, or can you feel free to dabble with any flavor or recipes? 
  • Should curiosity of subcultures be encouraged as a positive thing, or is all-or-nothing loyalty required to participate? When I consider someone wearing something that represents a subculture that I belong to or follow (the popularity of the shape of a cross, for example), as long as they aren't making fun of it, I would be happy and would encourage healthy exploration. 

Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. I clearly enjoy a good band t-shirt (other looks I've done with them here, herehere and here) and would wear today's look for a concert or an outdoor event!

Top: H&M, $19 (similar below)
Shorts: American Eagle, $38
Belt: Forever 21, $9 (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: Stitch Fix c/o (same)
Hat: boutique c/o, $7 (similar)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 4 years ago. Boots, hat, top are last year. Shorts are 6 months ago.

Band tees

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Five  /  Six  /  Seven  /  Eight
Nine  /  Ten  /  Eleven  /  Twelve

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Look For Less

 
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Blue ruffle one shoulder top and pink tassel earrings
Blue ruffle one shoulder top and pink pants
Blue ruffle one shoulder top and pink pants
 
 
Inspiration: JenN Lake and J.Crew

Inspiration: JenN Lake and J.Crew

 

So you've spotted a catalog outfit that you'd love to wear in real life, what's a girl to do? The way I see it you have two options: buy the outfit from the catalog, or re-create it using similar items in your closet. And while I've certainly bought the outfit from the catalog before (the items are guaranteed to look good together that way!), re-creating still takes the cake for me. It's cheaper (cough, free!), better for the environment and overall I love the feeling of getting creative and putting my own spin on it!

Top: H&M, $34
Pants: Limited, $35
Shoes: Windsor Store c/o, $27 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Stein Mart, $149 (samesame)
Earrings: J.Crew Factory, $15
Approx. dates: Pants and shoes are 4 years ago. Purse is 1 year ago. Top is recent. Earrings are new.

Blue ruffle tops and pink dress pants

Shopbop  /  Bloomingdale's  /  LOFT  /  Saks Off 5th
Amazon  /  Macy's  /  Amazon  /  Macy's

Today's Everyday Fashion: Back In Stock

 
Boho outfit: kimono cardigan, denim shorts
Boho outfit: kimono cardigan, denim shorts
 
Boho outfit: kimono cardigan, denim shorts
 
 

Great news if you were diggin' this floral kimono from previous posts - it's now back in stock! I wore it with a white jumpsuit and red heels for a fundraiser, with jeans and a halter sweater in Italy, and today I'm following my inspiration to a "t" by pairing it with a white tunic, denim shorts and a brown belt. I love all three for different reasons but today's breezy boho look is great for the summer weather. It's not easy looking put together in the heat but a long lightweight layer like this kimono is the perfect solution! 

Kimono: Sole Society, $33
Top: Victoria's Secret, old (similar below)
Shorts: Levi's c/o, $58 (similar, similar)
Belt: H&M, $20 (similar, similar)
Purse: JCPenney c/o, $29 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: H&M, $20 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot and Hawaii souvenir
Approx. dates: Belt is 10 years ago. Top is 6 years ago. Shorts, shoes and purse are 1 year ago. Kimono is 6 months ago.

White lace trim tops on a budget