I do love wearing skirts and dresses, but for me, pants are where it’s at. With that being said though, there are times when I struggle with making my outfits look different on a daily basis. There’s nothing wrong with wearing the same type of outfit everyday (i.e. t-shirt and jeans/pants) but there are days when I find that too plain. Over the past few months, I’ve been reaching for accessories to change things up without actually changing a thing. Jeans (disco pants in this case) and t-shirts will always take up more closet space than I’d like to admit but throwing on a statement necklace and a hat polishes everything and makes it look less “basic”.
A few weeks ago, Toronto illustrator Franx contacted me with the idea to illustrate over one of my outfit photos. I’m so happy with the final result and it was great working with a fellow Toronto artist!
You can check out his work on his website www.franxart.com
There’s nothing better than throwing on a cozy knit sweater when the temperature drops. Since a lot of my pants are high waisted, this cropped knit is perfect and doesn’t have the added bulkiness that a full length sweater would have. Lately, I’ve been liking this particular sweater paired with my disco pants and how the textures contrast each other so nicely!
Total cost: $268
Transitional pieces are so important to have in your wardrobe. They allow for versatility and allows you to have pieces you can wear all year round. What I love so much about this dress is that it looks great paired with tights, a jacket and ankle boots but take all of that away and you have a pretty summer dress that can be worn when spring and summer roll around.
Dress: H&M / Jacket: H&M / Boots: Aldo / Necklace: Aldo
Total cost: $189
There are two purposes to this post. The first, being that I wanted to share how effective layering a t-shirt over a dress can be. The second and probably more important of the two, I am about to teach you how to cut down on doing laundry.
A glimpse at most of my mornings, especially those that involve me going to work. Toothpaste always finds a way onto my tops and coffee stains decorate the thighs of my pants. Looking at the girl in the pictures above, she’s cool, collected and effortless. While in reality, let’s be honest, there is a perfectly placed drop of foundation on the top of this dress. While some would try to become less clumsy, I kind of embrace it in cases like this because if I hadn’t spilt makeup on my dress, would I have thought to place this t-shirt over this dress? Well, probably..but where’s the fun in that.
Total cost (I borrowed the t-shirt): $160
So you somehow slept through the 2 (ok, 4) alarms you set the night before and you need to get ready as fast as possible. What do you grab to wear?? More often than not, this is my reality and my answer is this outfit in some form or another. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a good fitting pair of jeans layered with a simple t-shirt, a classic ankle boot and your favourite accessories to pull it all together. In 10 minutes or less, you’ve created a casual, yet chic outfit that will have people thinking you’ve got it together while also having enough time to grab that much needed coffee to help conquer your day.
Two things I can’t get enough of right now – these perfectly ripped jeans and this hat. Aside from toques, hats always end up looking lopsided with my lack of hair on the left side of my head but this one was too cool to turn down, so I looked in the mirror and said “let’s do this”.
What’s your go to outfit when you’re rushing for time!?
Total cost: $268
I purchased this dress a few months ago after falling in love with the graphic leafy print. The fit wasn’t great and it was much too short for my liking which lead me to the idea of cutting it and splitting it into a two piece set. I’m so happy with the results and I’ve been loving wearing this set together and seperate. I paired it with a simple pair of chunky heels but it also looks great with a pair of black ankle boots to give it more of an urban vibe.
“Dress”: Dynamite / Shoes: Aldo / Jacket: H&M
Layering different textures together is a great way to add interest to your outfits and I’ve been loving this mesh shirt and leather shorts combo. It’s getting a little too cold to wear shorts with bare legs but for those slightly warmer days, this is perfect. With that being said, I’m super excited for Fall. Don’t get me wrong, I like Summer, but it’s just not my season…I just always end up feeling claustrophobic if I wear anything more than one layer. So cheers to Fall and cooler weather, you know??
Also, how sweet is this ride I’m standing in front of…speechless? Me too.
Crop Top: Dynamite (previously a dress) / Shirt: H&M / Shorts: *on sale* Zara / Boots: Gifted to me / Necklace: H&M / Toque: Aldo
Total Cost: $85
The very last t-shirt in this “diy” series is one of my favourites out of the four. I initially had the idea to create a shirt with an opening in the back and after playing around with a pair of scissors, I created a shirt you can wear either forwards or backwards!
All you need is a pair of scissors, a piece of tape & 1 medium men’s Hanes black v-neck
Step 1// Lay the shirt on a flat surface, front facing up and cut a straight line about 2/3 up the shirt. (I wanted the front of this shirt to have a higher neckline so I chose to wear it backwards and have the slit on the side that would technially be considered the front).
Step 2// Put the t-shirt on and use a piece of tape to mark where you want the t-shirt’s bottom to be. I chose to have mine right above where a normal pair of jeans hits me.
Step 3// Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface and begin to cut an upside down “U” shape creating a high low effect (back being longer and front being shorter). This step was a slow process of bit by bit, cutting away at the shirt, trying it on and continuing to make alterations until I was at the desired length.
The great thing about this shirt is that you can wear it with a pair of jeans (first look) or if you flip the shirt around, it instantly becomes a cute tied crop top that can be paired with high waisted bottoms or skirts.
LOOK 2 / Skirt: H&M