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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Love/Hate : The Black T-Shirt


Some of my favorite t-shirts

I'm pretty sure we all have a few black t-shirts in our wardrobe, whether it's for everyday fashion, working out, a work uniform, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with t-shirts and how they have become a "uniform" in alternative fashion, so much in fact it's often all I have to choose from when I'm shopping online! What frustrates me the most is while I do enjoy t-shirts, I don't think they are appropriate all the time nor do I think they are the most flattering item to wear. People cling to their band t-shirts, gimmicky word or graphic tees like that is what defines them in the alternative world, when in reality you start to look a little silly. Of course, this is an opinion from a woman who looks like a goth reject from the 80s, so touche.

What about making that black t-shirt work for you rather than against you? Just because you're _______ (insert subculture label here) doesn't mean you need to look like an angsty teenager who bought that black t-shirt with their allowance at Hot Topic. Think outside the t-shirt/jeans/hoodie box and make that  t-shirt look chic! I'm not telling you to grow up (I'm not throwing out my Cure t-shirts any time soon), I'm just suggesting to look at t-shirts differently.

Black T-Shirt Chic
Just a few suggestions on styling

Some other things to consider when wearing a t-shirt:

-If the graphic on the shirt gets stretch out and distorted in the breast area, it's not only too small, it's umm, distracting. It's also doing a disservice to your figure and drawing attention to your boob's rather than your pretty face. On the opposite side, wearing over-sized t-shirt's will in fact make you look larger than what you really are!

-Think about what the t-shirt means and says about YOU. If there are band lyrics with lots of expletives and you're going grocery shopping, maybe you should save that one for a concert or a club. 

-Materials with stretch are comfy, but they can also be extremely clingy and unflattering. If you want to hide your imperfections in the stomach and hips area, tight baby doll t-shirts are not your friend.

Now I'm not on a crusade to say "down with black t-shirts", I just think as a whole we are way too relaxed with fashion and thus become lazy and reach for our t-shirts. In fact, I often do not wear graphic t-shirts because I think they make my 'taco tummy' look more pronounced with my skinny jeans. I don't want to make my flaws more apparent for all to see, thank-you-very much, so I use clothing to my advantage and camouflage it! Make clothing work for you, not against you.

What are your opinion's on my black t-shirt debate? 

Thanks for reading!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla



17 comments:

  1. This new post could not have come at a better time! I've been in a t-shirt rut myself, so thank you!!

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    1. Awesome! Glad I could give you some ideas :)

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  2. My opinion is that I'd do almost anything for that Bela t-shirt ... :D

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  3. This is such a great article and I agree with everything. I try my hardest to wear my band shirts in outfits that would fit a fancy blouse. But I've never been a jeans and hoodie kind of person.

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    1. I like my jeans and hoodies for comfy time around or when I'm out thrift store shopping. I just like to mix t-shirts in with blazers/sweaters/etc.

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  4. I totally love that Lily Munster in the top pic! I've always been partial to wearing black, regardless of the fashion statement it makes. Black complements my skin tone, for whatever reason, so I wear it a lot. I also dye my hair black/blue, wear thick black eyeliner, and color my eyebrows black. It's not really that I'm trying to fit into a particular stereotype, it's just what I feel comfortable in and what I feel compliments my looks.

    Have a good weekend!!! :)

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    1. Thanks!
      I think that's awesome that you just like what you like, good for you!

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  5. Um, I agree with you when you say t-shirts are not the most classy item of clothing, I never wear them, they just don't go with my style.
    I don't really agree with all the "they're distracting/they're unflattering/one can see your imperfections". They shouldn't be looking at my boobs in the first place, regardless of what I'm wearing. And what if my tummy is visible :D? Why should I be hiding my flaws? I don't want to be limit myself with I'm wearing because it may not please the others' look. They can just look the other way :D.

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  6. I always chop up my tshirts to flatter my figure - I cannot wear high necked tshirts (which most of them are), so the first thing I do is cut the neck out. I also try to wear fishnet stockings/tops underneath so they don't look so boring ;)

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    1. I admire your style, you always look so darn cute!
      I am terrible at modifying t-shirts, I always cut them wrong =/

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  7. I would rather dress up a bit more than wear a t-shirt; however, I have many old beloved concert/band t-shirts. The odd time, I will dress one up by wearing it with a blazer, but due to the fact that I have a busty figure, most t-shirts are simply very unflattering on me.

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    1. I love t-shirts and blazers! I couldn't get rid of my favorite band t-shirts either, they have a time and place :)

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  8. The solution to all this is the awesome DIY book - Generation T - I have 2 dresses and one top made from unflattering T-shirts and plans to mod a bunch more! I'm no pro at sewing, and the book presents the projects in a really easy format. Also t-shirt material is very forgiving for sewing. You need that book! ; )

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    1. I definitely need to check that book out, you always do such awesome work on your t-shirts!

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