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    What To Wear On A First Date: The Guide To Making A Fashionable First Impression

    What To Wear On A First Date: The Guide To Making A Fashionable First Impression

    Picture this: you've just landed a date with the person of your dreams and you are getting ready for the big day. Your hair is beautiful, your makeup is on point, and you are feeling flirty and confident. Now comes the hard part: trying to figure out what to wear! You have a closet full of clothes but nothing seems to be working for you. More importantly, you aren't sure which outfit you should be throwing together for the type of date you are going on.

    Sound familiar?

    Coming up with the right outfit for a first date can be much more stress-inducing than putting your day-to-day outfit selection together. Are you having trouble finding an outfit that will have the right impact on your date? If so, take a look at this comprehensive first date fashion guide to learn all of the tips that will help you thrive in your chosen outfit as well as on your date.

    Before You Dress: Important Things to Consider

    Fashion is a form of self-expression. Before you begin planning your first date outfit or look for ideas, you need to understand why you are dressing a certain way and how you can get the most out of the outfit you choose. Here are some important things to consider that will play a key role in what you wear for your date.

    What Are You Trying to Feel or Achieve With Your Outfit?

    An outfit is an extension of yourself and an expression of your emotions and goals. When you dress up, you should dress to express who you are and what you want to get out of the situation that you are dressing for. In the case of a first date, you are going to want to choose an outfit that makes you feel sexy, happy, and confident. When you feel great, you look even better!

    Another important thing to focus on when you are deciding your outfit is your end goal. Are you trying to simply get to know this person for a short time or are you attempting to pursue a long-term relationship with the person you are dating? While you are mostly dressing for yourself, you are still dressing for the person that you are going on a date with. Keep this in mind when you are going through your clothes and looking for something to wear.

    When and Where Is the Date Taking Place?

    When it comes to choosing an outfit for a date, you are not going to be wearing the same outfit that you would wear at a high-class restaurant to a beachside lunch date. Making sure to dress appropriately is very important on a first date and you should always ask where you are going before you decide on an outfit. You don't want to overdress or underdress and give off the wrong impression. This will also help you to select a comfortable outfit ahead of time.

    Location isn't the only thing that you need to take into account, however. The time of day and the atmosphere of the date will dictate your outfit decision as well. Are you going to be outside or inside? Will be it during the day or the night? Are you in a place where the locals are more serious or are you in a fun, vibrant place? You want to dress to match your surroundings and the mood of the setting.

    Do You Have Anything in Your Wardrobe Right Now?

    If you are someone who has a relatively large wardrobe, it can be easy to think you have a piece somewhere in your closet when this isn't actually the case. When you're going on a date, you don't want to be tearing through your wardrobe out the last minute and discover that the outfit you had planned isn't there, which is a familiar situation for many women.

    You should always check your closet right after you are asked out on a date. This way, you have plenty of time to coordinate your outfit before you go on the date and you give yourself enough time to go shopping if there is a piece you need that you do not currently own.

    Do You Plan on Wearing Accessories?

    Too many accessories can kill an outfit but the right amount can add some extra flair and draw attention to certain areas of your body. Many women have their everyday accessories that they use to boost their work or casual wear and accessories that they reserve for special occasions. Are there any accessories that you want to wear? Do they match the outfit that you are planning out?

    If you do plan on adding accessories to your outfit, here are some helpful tips that will make sure they work for you rather than against you.

    • Don't overdo it when you are putting on accessories. Having 20 bracelets on with a pair of oversized earrings and a massive necklace looks good on absolutely no one!
    • Use your jewelry to bring attention to certain areas. For example, a pair of earrings that match your eyes can properly frame your face and draw attention to that feature.
    • Stick to neutral tones so that your jewelry doesn't take away from or clash with your outfit. If you choose bright colors or patterns, make sure that they work with your chosen first date outfit.
    • Choose accessories that complement each other. Your accessories shouldn't be competing with each other.
    • If you have more than one accessory on, make sure that only one is a statement piece. If you have too many pieces that draw someone's attention, it will take away from the main outfit you took time to plan out.

    Do You Have Any Outfits That Attract Attention When You're in Public?

    When you are planning an outfit out, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether or not it is a great outfit in the moment. If you do have something to wear and you don't have to shop for a new outfit that works specifically for the date you are going on, take a look at some of your pieces that have already received compliments from people at work or out in public. After all, it can be hard to argue with an outfit that is already a crowd favorite.

    What Feels Right to You? What Would You Consider Wearing?

    Although there are many amazing outfit ideas out there, not all of them are going to be suited for you and you are definitely not going to want to wear something that you are not comfortable in or something that doesn't reflect who you are. Remember, your outfit represents you. You should never feel pressured to wear something simply because it is a common fashion choice or because others hold it in high regards.

    Only wear what is comfortable for you, what feels right to you, and what makes you feel sexy and happy. If it makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, it is not the right piece for you and it certainly won't make for a great first date outfit.

    The Only Outfit Planning Guide You'll Ever Need

    Now that we've taken a look at some of the most important aspects of the date that you should consider before you plan out your first date outfit, we need to discuss what you need to know in order to put together your perfect outfit. After all, ideas only serve as placeholders. Knowing how to go about planning your clothing choices out is an invaluable skill that will help you dress for many dates to come.

    If you want to dress well both inside and outside of the dating world, here are the four steps you need to know to make sure that you look great every time.

    Step 1. Choose Your Base

    Like a house needs a strong foundation, your outfit is going to be built upon your base. What is the base? As you may have already guessed, the base that makes up the first part of your outfit is your bottoms. If you are going to be in a warmer area, you will want to wear looser bottoms or reach for a skirt. If you are going to be in a cooler area and you will most likely be layering up, you should choose a good pair of jeans that can easily be matched with other pieces of your outfit.

    If you are wearing a dress, you can move on from this step and move straight into the accessorizing phase of your outfit planning.

    Step 2. Choose a Basic Top to Complement Your Base

    When you have decided on your bottoms, you are going to want to decide on your top. Tops can be neutral in nature or can feature a little bit of color and style. However, you are going to want to avoid any tops that attract the bulk of the attention in the outfit. Why? If you remember the accessory tips in the previous section, having multiple pieces in your outfit that pop out can cause clashing and take away from the outfit.

    If you are only wearing a base and a top and you are not layering on extra accessories, you can choose a top that has more style and designs. If you plan on wearing extra pieces, however, you will want to make sure that your top doesn't request all of the attention.

    Step 3. Choose Your Statement Piece(s)

    After the bottoms and the top have been chosen out, you are going to want to focus on selecting your statement piece. Your statement piece is generally another garment that helps to add a little extra flavor to your outfit. This piece could be anything from a cardigan to a leather jacket. However, you should know once you see it that it undeniably makes a statement.

    When it comes to statement pieces, you can actually have several statement pieces in your outfit. One can be a garment and the other can be an accessory. For example, a large watch, a very attractive necklace, or some dangling earrings can be the extra piece to tie it all together and make your outfit pop. Just make sure that these pieces work well together and don't have to compete with each other.

    Step 4. Choose Your Shoes, Bag, and Extra Accessories

    Do you have your pants, top, and main accessories and garments chosen out? If so, we can move on to the final stage of the outfit planning process: accessories! These pieces, such as your shoes, bag, and minor accessories will all depend upon the main pieces that you have chosen.

    For shoes, you are going to want to select shoes that match with your outfit but are also comfortable. If you are going somewhere nice, you are probably going to want to choose out a neutral heel that matches your bottoms and top. If you are going somewhere casual, a nice wedge or a pair of flat will work well. If you're doing anything active or if you plan on going anywhere you may need the support, you should make sure to have a good shoe with you.

    Moving onto the bag, these are accessories that can truly build upon your outfit without taking too much away from it. If you are in a casual setting, a larger bag will work just fine and will help to add more comfort to your outfit. With these outfits, you can also choose to use a comfortable handbag with a small strap that keeps things light. For more semi-formal or formal situations, you will want to choose smaller bags or clutches as these purses have an air of sophistication. Make sure that the function and the style of the bag are appropriate for the situation that you are in.

    Once you've taken care of those pieces, the rest of your focus can go toward choosing out your accessories. Selecting accessories can be a long process as you will want accessories that build upon your outfit but do not take away from your garments or the other statement pieces that you have on. For example, you may want to choose out a few small rings, a light necklace, or small earrings are perfect accessories to choose so that you add value to the outfit without taking too much away from your main items.

    After all of these items have been thought out and put together, you will have successfully put together your own perfect first date outfit. Now it's up to you to go out there and dazzle your date.

    First Date Outfit Ideas to Get You Started

    Coming up with your outfit for a first date can be difficult and while the steps above can certainly be helpful as you become more confident in picking out your outfit, having a few ideas on hand can go a long way when you are just dipping your toes into the water. If you need some ideas to get you started, here are a few timeless outfit ideas that will help you with a first date in absolutely any setting.

    For the Dressy Dinner Date

    Dinner dates at nice restaurants will almost always require you to pick out a formal outfit. When you are invited to this kind of date, it is best to select a dress that fits your body snugly and outlines your best features. Build upon this dress with a pair of comfortable heels (make sure to bring along some flats if your feet get tired) and a statement piece with some rings, a necklace, or some small earrings.

    If it is cold out, consider bringing along a light jacket or sweater that complements your dress. If you plan on carrying personal things along with you, go for a clutch that can tie around your wrist or choose a small bag with a thin strap that you can easily tote around.

    For the Afternoon Lunch Date

    Lunch dates can be perfect for busy individuals who are looking to get to know more about each other in a casual setting. If you have been invited to a date during the day, a great pair of jeans or khakis can never go wrong as your base. You can build upon this with a comfortable blouse or top that can also double as a statement piece if you don't need to wear anything on top. If it is a bit cooler out, you could always wear a light sweater or cardigan over your top.

    Because these day dates are all about being casual and comfortable, your accessories don't have to be too serious. Fun and flirty earrings, necklaces, or even chunkier watches are all perfect for this occasion. Additionally, you can increase the size of your bag and go for a medium-sized purse that is easy to carry around but still adds to the comfort level of the outfit that you are wearing. If you plan on engaging in any physical activity after the date, make sure to bring comfortable shoes and lighter outerwear so that you don't end up becoming overheated.

    For the Classic Dinner and a Movie

    Despite the changing social landscape, the popular date featuring dinner and a movie is still alive and kicking. However, the challenge for many women can be finding the comfortable medium between the dressier attire that may be required for the spot where they will be having dinner and the movie theater that they will be going to once they have finished.

    Much like with other dates, a pair of jeans is always a great go-to base if you don't want to be too casual once you go from one place to the next. You can then take a nicer top and pair it with a small statement layer that will help to keep you a bit warmer in the air-conditioned theater. Wrap this entire outfit up with a small, thinly-strapped bag and a couple of minor accessories such as rings, a necklace, and some earrings to have the perfect outfit that helps you come off as relaxed and prepared for the course of the evening.

    For the Active Date

    If you're a lover for all things active and you meet someone who shares these passions, you may find yourself on a first date where your potential partner has decided to ask you to do something active with them. Perhaps your date has asked you to go hiking with them at a popular local trail or to go running with them down the pier. No matter where you may be going, dressing up for the occasion involves a little bit more effort than your average date.

    You will want to make sure that you are wearing a loose, breathable base that gives you protection from the elements but also gives you the comfort you need to move around freely. Bases such as compression pants, certain workout shorts, and some skirts can be perfect for these activities. Once you've settled on the bottoms, you can then choose a top that functions in the same way. Some women may want to opt for a sports bra and others may go for a compression tee that gives you support during more rigorous exercises.

    Because this type of date is not your average date, you may want to keep accessories to a minimum and make your tops and bottoms your statement pieces. However, you could always accessorize with colorful hair ties, headphones and bands, and with water bottles that you will be taking with you. Your shoes can also pop out from the rest of your outfit, which is a popular trend for women's activewear. If you choose to bring a bag with you, make it a very compact one so that it doesn't get in your way and consider leaving it in your car to avoid losing it when you are out on the date.

    For the Beach/Poolside Date

    During the summer, beach dates or poolside dates can offer you and your date a way to have fun and kick back while you are learning more about each other. These dates also present you with an easy way to create an outfit that is fun, flirty, and freeing. From a poolside date at a classy hotel to a beach date with sand and sun, you can easily throw a quick outfit together if you have the right swimwear and accessories.

    If you plan on going swimming or soaking in the sun, your base is mostly going to consist of bikini bottoms, which can be more than colorful if they are getting most of the attention and will be your statement piece along with your bikini top. If you are going to be walking around the beach and don't feel comfortable just wearing your bikini the entire time, you can easily throw a tearaway skirt or a pair of small shorts that can be put over your bikini bottoms.

    The same goes for your bikini top, which can be covered by a cute tank top or a loose-fitting shirt. If you have a small necklace or some bracelets or watches that you can add to this outfit, these are some of the best pieces to include as you do not want to accessorize too much and run the risk of losing these pieces when you are at the beach or pool. A pair of flip flops or open-toed shoes and an oversize bag or beach tote can tie this outfit idea together perfectly. If you have a summer hat that you have been dying to wear, this can be the perfect time to throw it on and give your outfit a little extra sizzle.

    For the At-Home Date

    If you've known someone for a while and are comfortable doing a date where you go to one or the other's house for dinner or a movie, you can plan for a very casual date vibe and outfit. You may even be able to get away with wearing some pieces that are a bit oversized or considered too comfortable for most other date situations.

    As always, a great base for a casual date is a pair of jeans that are comfortable to be in for the course of the date. These jeans don't have to be too serious as you will be spending most, if not all of your time at your house or at your date's house. If you have a pair of nicer yoga pants or leggings, you may also be able to wear these on your date. However, you will want to avoid clothing that is too casual, such as loose sweats.

    Once you have your base, go for a looser top that is basic and serves to keep your comfort level up. You can put on a small garment over it that works as the statement piece but can be removed when you begin to settle in during the date. Although you can wear multiple accessories during these kinds of dates, this will often be unnecessary. You can instead go for a couple of light pieces such as a necklace, some small earrings, or a couple of bracelets. For your shoes, you can go with casual footwear that can easily be taken off and doesn't carry too much of the outfit. For bags, you can go with a medium or large purse.

    Of course, you may also not need as many pieces if you are hosting the date. If you do not have to plan out your whole outfit, dress accordingly to prepare for the date when they arrive at your place.

    Hopefully, this article has armed you with all of the information you need to come up with the perfect outfit for your first date and has given you the confidence you need to be able to build your own date outfits in the future. If you ever need any help with your fashion choices in the future, return to this guide as a reference to remind you of all of the helpful tips, tricks, and considerations to make when it comes to your first date fashion choices!

    What is a Graphic Tee?

    What is a Graphic Tee?

    It is a safe assumption that most people know what a t-shirt is, but there are several types of t-shirt within the general category. Graphic tees, for example, are more stylized and can be quite fashionable depending on the design. So, what are graphic tees, and why does the distinction matter?

    T-shirts tend to be inexpensive and comfortable. They have several easily recognizable features, such as a stretchy and comfortable neck, tightly hemmed sleeves, soft material, and a reinforced bottom hem with pulling and adjusting in mind. Graphic t-shirts have even more appeal because they can be purchased already styled or can be customized depending on resources available. But what are graphic tees? They are t-shirts that have some sort of image or other graphic design on them.

    Graphic tees can be decorated in many ways, including painting, screen printing, and embroidery. Some images and other designs that may be included on graphic tees are sports graphics and band logos. Graphic tees are popular souvenirs as they are relatively inexpensive and typically easy to pack and store. Novelty designs, such as animals or works of art, are popular varieties, as are graphic tees that advertise a specific experience or brand. Casual work uniforms can feature graphic tees, as they are comfortable while still providing a unified and professional appearance.

    While materials and design quality can vary, graphic tees are a fun and inexpensive addition to any wardrobe. Whether someone prefers fun designs covering the whole tee shirt, logos expressing brand preference, or collects graphic tees with many ideas in mind ranging from enthusiasm for a brand or media production to specific categories, graphic tees are equal parts simple and infinitely versatile. They look excellent as tops with jeans or other stylish bottoms, and they also can be added to more planned outfits as a pop of color or even to showcase an eye-catching design.

    Categories and several levels of subcategories are easily applicable to graphic tees. There are many possibilities for these garments, as their versatility of both use and design allows for many levels of self-expression. Read on to learn more about the fun and free world of graphic tees!

    Graphic Tees from Flybird Apparel

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    Fashionable Graphic Tees, Functional Graphic Tees, and Graphic Tees for Everyone

    To garner a full understanding of the variety that exists within graphic tees, we will now go more in-depth about several different categories of the garment. While embroidery and painting are viable decoration options for graphic tees, screen printing is typically easier and faster to mass-produce. As a result, screen printing is the most common design material for graphic tees. The following are different types and purposes for graphic tees:

    Art Tees

    Artists may use a tee-shirt directly as a canvas and produce their work on the fabric, or they may have their designs screen printed on tee-shirts and sold. Some artists look for a way to make their work available to a wider variety of consumers, and tee shirts are an excellent alternative to wall hangings and posters. Not only does the consumer have a wider variety of items to choose from, an inexpensive wearable piece of art is sure to appeal to more than just devoted art consumers.

    Tourism and Travel

    A fun and easy way to get souvenirs from most places someone travels is to collect tee shirts. Not only are souvenir tee shirts easy to transport, the graphics they feature are often durable as manufacturers are aware the garments will get a fair amount of time being worn. Sometimes a graphic tee will represent a specific place or event, such as a festival or a city, country, culture, or region. As with most graphic tees, those commemorating a trip or experience are usually screen printed and come in a wide variety of sizes. Sometimes entire sets are available for families and groups to purchase together. With the ease of screen printing and tee shirt production, it is an easy photo op.

    Military Courses

    When a soldier completes a training course, they may want some sort of item to commemorate their success. For some a tattoo is a perfect way to not only remember what they accomplished, it is a source of comfort and courage in trials ahead. For other soldiers, a simple article of clothing such as a commemorative tee shirt is the preferred choice. A unit's insignia, the title of the course, and even the date completed may be printed on the tee and groups who complete courses may get tees together as a bonding experience.

    Concert Tees

    Musicians and singers like to offer souvenir options for both the fans who attend their performances and those who may not be able to make it. Tee shirts are a common item to have at merchandise tables and souvenir sections on websites. Rock and metal bands are the most likely to have commemorative screen-printed tees with the merchandise available at their performances. Popular designs for these tees usually involve the band's logo and even the members on the front side, with the logo or another design printed on the back above the completed and upcoming dates from a particular tour. Usually, screen printed graphic music tees are dark colors such as black or navy blue, but sometimes they may be tie-dye or even mesh depending on the band and merchandise designer. However, like other graphic tees, they will almost always be screen printed regardless of the base color or pattern.

    Merchandising and Advertising

    While graphic tee shirts are a popular product, they can also be used to advertise products, services, stores, and more. Trademarks may use graphic tees to distinguish themselves; this includes brands but can also apply to products and services. Some businesses produce graphic tees for special events such as competitions and booth fairs and others may have their employees wear graphic tees advertising products or services offered. Still, other businesses may simply have their name and logo printed on a tee or purchase advertising space on the graphic tees associated with a specific event.

    More Info on Graphic Tees

    A consumer might wonder what makes graphic tees so special that they deserve all this explanation. Well, the truth is that graphic tees allow for more variety and expression of individuality than do plain tees. Not only are there designs where plain tees have none, those designs can range anywhere from a commemorative tee from a military course completion to an artist's chosen medium for creating or even selling their artwork. Plain tees can be turned into graphic tees, but it is difficult to remove a design from a t-shirt and turn it back into a blank canvas. If someone wants to make their own graphic tees, inexpensive plain t-shirts may be purchased from many craft stores and multi-department retail chains.

    Related Questions

    How much do graphic tees cost?

    While it depends on where someone buys their clothing to answer how much money someone would have to spend, graphic tees to tend to run a bit more expensive than their plain counterparts. Concert tees and other varieties that may be connected to artist royalties could be even more expensive, as the art is often custom or connected to a significant experience.

    Where do I find graphic tees?

    Many stores carry graphic tees, as do gas stations and even schools with sports teams. Online retailers offer a sweeping variety of colors, cuts, designs, prices, and nearly every other category related to graphic tees there is. Graphic tees can also be homemade with plain tees and craft supplies such as acrylic paint pens or permanent fabric markers. All of these supplies are available at major retailers and craft stores.

    Are there different styles of graphic tees?

    As with plain shirts, graphic tees come in a wide variety of cuts, styles, and colors. Not only are there varying sleeve lengths and as many sizes as there are sizes of plain tees, some varieties are "men's" and some are "women's" or children's, juniors', etcetera. Some tank tops are silkscreened or embroidered, and while they are not the traditional "tee" shape, the same rules and options apply to them as apply to the garments with sleeves.

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    The Ultimate T-Shirt Style Guide For Women

    Hey you, yeah you, the woman who’s looking to the ultimate t-shirt style can stop scrolling because you’ve found it. Once you’ve finished reading this article you’ll be armed with all the style tips you need to look and feel amazing in a simple t-shirt. And we’re going to do it while still remaining true to you and your personal style.

    To begin let’s make sure we give the t-shirt the full credit it deserves, okay? It’s not just something you throw on when it’s time for bed or when you can’t think of anything else to wear; it’s not just something that Jerry Seinfeld wore tucked into his jeans, on his days off, for 9 seasons; oh no my friends, the t-shirt is in fact a source of unlimited fashion potential. If you don’t believe more just hang with me for a bit and I’ll prove it.

    T-shirts are the “bread and butter” of the fashion world. Or is is the “meat and potatoes”? Whatever food analogy expresses the fact that t-shirts are a staple in a woman’s wardrobe is the one I want to use. So, regardless of that being “bread and butter” or “meat and potatoes”, let’s all just acknowledge that T-SHIRTS ARE QUEEN and we should all own a few. They are a fundamental item that completes a persons’ closet.

    With that being said we need to make sure that you are rocking that wardrobe staple to its full potential, yes?

    So, how do we make sure that you look and feel amazing in that t-shirt? Well, to begin we need to explore all the different ways one can wear a t-shirt so you can pick the way that works best for you and your lifestyle. With how versatile t-shirts are I have no doubt in my mind that you will be able to find the style that fits your personality and works for you and your lifestyle.

    Keeping it Casual

    For those with a casual style, there is the ever classic t-shirt and jeans. But, even though that may sound pretty straightforward, there are so many different variations on this seemingly simple look.

    Skinny Jeans

    You really can’t go wrong with this look. As is, this is a great look that works for all kinds of activities. From hanging with your kids at the park to grabbing lunch with some girlfriends, or even a casual date night, skinny jeans and a tee is a winning look. And please, when you’re considering this style please don’t make the same mistake I made of thinking that only tall, thin girls look cute and chic in skinny jeans and a t-shirt because literally, anybody can own this look. Luckily I was able to get over myself and get comfortable in my own skin and I want y’all to know that you are babes and if you want to rock a t-shirt and skinny jeans you put it on and you rock the crap out of it, okay? Okay.

    When it comes to pairing your tee with skinny jeans you can either keep your tee in your regular fit or you can play around with the oversized tee look. Pairing your skinny jeans with an oversized tee lets you play around with more of an urban, hipster look and it is definitely a way to make a statement. (Pro Tip: If your hair's a little greasier than you would like it to be and the dry shampoo isn’t quite cutting it simply throw on an oversized tee and choker with your skinny jeans and tell people you’re rocking the grunge look that me, it works)

    Boyfriend Jeans

    Another simple, easy way to style a t-shirt is by pairing it with a looser fitting pair of boyfriend jeans. Follow Tan France’s lead and french tuck your tee into those boyfriend jeans and you’ll look like the cool, laid-back, effortless style icon you were born to be. And I mean, honestly, who doesn’t want to look like a cool, laid-back, effortless style icon?

    High Waisted Jeans or Shorts

    There are a few different ways to style your tee with high waisted jeans. You can go with the straightforward full tuck, this is an effortlessly chic look. It’s an easy way to look put together and full of natural style. You can keep the tuck tight or tuck it loosely so your shirt still remains loose up on top. Either option is equally adorable so go with what feels right to you.

    If you don’t want to tuck you can always try knotting your tee. This is a great way to add some visual interest and help accentuate your waist. You can go with a knot right in the front or off to the side. The knotted tee/ high waisted jean duo is always a solid fashion choice.

    Another way to wear your tee with high waisted jeans is by working a cropped tee. If the tee you love isn’t cropped already don’t be afraid to indulge in a little DIY. Get yourself some fabric scissors and make your own cropped tee, I’ve done this many a time and this particular look is a favorite of mine. Plus, is Britney Spears and her friends can DIY their baggy tee’s into sexy Karaoke contest winning looks in Crossroads then you can definitely cut a straight line across your tee. (Also, if you for some reason haven’t seen Crossroads do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as you finish reading this article, you can thank me later) Ok, Crossroads tangent aside pairing a cropped tee with high waisted jeans allows you to look current and trendy without baring more skin then you feel like baring. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with baring a little skin but a full bare midriff isn’t always practical or appropriate in real world, day time situations.


    Jeans and a tee can work for a lot of activities, but if you want to indulge in even more comfort, while still looking fierce, there are more options you can try. Track pants, joggers and other athleisure pants and shorts can give you the comfort you need, and when you pair them with a super cute tee you look equal parts fashionable and athletically dope. And who cares whether or not the athletic part is true, I’ve rocked athleisure while doing many non-athletic things.

    To finish off this look I would recommend an Ariana Grande-esque high ponytail or maybe some boxer braids. I mean, if you’re going to embrace the athleisure then let’s lean into it and commit hard; go big or go home, right?

    Once the hair and clothes are taken care of, throw on some tennis shoes and you are ready to move and groove and take care of business, while experiencing the utmost in fashionable comfort. Thank you t-shirts and athleisure bottoms for making this look possible. We will forever be grateful for fashionable comfort.

    Feminine Flair

    With the simplicity of a tee, it can easily be transformed to go along with any style. If your style is more delicate and feminine you can pair your tee with a flowy skirt, an aline skirt, a pencil skirt, etc. You can also layer it over a dress and knot it or wear it under a spaghetti strap dress. My personal favorite way to give my t-shirt a feminine flair is to wear it with a flowy midi skirt, an oversized slouchy cardigan, and lady loafers. I’m not sure what it is about this combo that does it, but it makes me feel like I’m the protagonist in a Hallmark Movie and I own a bookstore and eat lemon scones every day for breakfast, and I like, have a pet teacup pig…or something like that.

    Admit it, you’d totally watch that movie and you’re totally feeling that Hallmark scenario now aren’t you? Are you also craving a lemon scone right now? Because I could really go for a lemon scone...I already have the tee, the cardigan, the skirt and the shoes; the scone is the only thing missing. Well, that, and the bookstore, and the tiny pig, and the Hallmark movie thing.

    Boss Babe

    Lady entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones who get to be called Boss Babes. You can be a boss babe just by being you, and you can show off how boss babe-y and rad you are with how you style your tee.

    Pairing your tee with some tailored pants, heels and a layered necklace is some instant boss babe energy. Throw on some red lipstick and deep side part your hair and you’ll probably have taken over a country by lunch time.

    Adding a blazer to your look is also a total power move that instantly lets the world know how stellar you are.

    Okay, so this last look hasn’t been mathematically proven to equate to this, but I feel like french tucking your tee into some faux leather pants and adding a bomber jacket and ankle boots is sort of the fashion equivalent of owning your own plane. Do you feel me? It’s a total boss babe move.  

    So, if you own a t-shirt and if you’re feeling like a boss babe take one of these looks and make it your own. Don’t be afraid to show the world how awesome you and you t-shirt are.

    The Extra Touch

    Once you’ve settled on what you want to pair with your t-shirt you can decide if there are any other items you want to add to your look. This is where it gets really fun, you’re going to get to add that final, extra touch to your ensemble.

    So, you wake up and maybe you’re feeling extra rocker chick-y that day and you decide to add a fitted leather jacket to your skinny jeans and tee. Or maybe you’re just feeling a little EXTRA in general and you want to add a rose gold fanny pack, a jeweled statement necklace and a bedazzled denim jacket to your track pants and tee look. (Or is that just me? Am I the only one who sometimes wakes up in the morning and thinks “What would Mona Lisa Saperstein wear?” and go from there) Mona Lisa aside there are so many things you can do to make a look your own. From the jewelry you wear to the items you choose to layer over your look; such as: bomber jackets, kimonos, oversized cardigans, flannel shirts (layered or tied around your waist), denim vests, scarves, etc. You can also accessorize with a fanny pack, a purse, a backpack, and about a million different footwear options. It’s really awesome how easy it is to make a look your own.

    Even the initial tee shirt you’re choosing the build your look around can say a lot about you. Especially if it’s a cute graphic tee. So choose the tee that’s right for you and then choose the rest of the outfit that best suits you and your tee.

    Things to Do, Galaxies to Conquer, Dessert to be Had

    A big part of feeling comfortable in your tee is making sure you have dressed appropriately for the activity you will be engaged in AKA dress for the occasion.

    Are you going out with your significant other or maybe having a fun girl’s night out? Or are you taking your kids to the zoo and following that up with an ice-cream run? Regardless of what you’re doing you need to make sure your outfit allows you to feel confident and comfortable for the task at hand. For example, neon biker shorts, platform sneakers and an oversized tee might be a total “athleisure, early 2000’s vibe” win, but it might not make the most sense at a work function. So perhaps you want to opt for the tailored pants, blazer and tee look instead. B

    So whatever you’re doing, be it going out with your friends and downing an entire Mud Pie at Red Robin, or crushing it at the PTO meeting and showing off the sweet flyer you made for the school fundraiser, or maybe you’re hanging out with Emperor Palpatine and taking over the galaxy; just be sure to choose the right t-shirt look for the activity at hand.

    For reference, if it was me: Mud Pie at Red Robin= oversized tee and skinny jeans, PTO meeting=flowy midi skirt and french tucked tee and Galaxy domination=reflective track pants, cropped t-shirt and boxer braids

    Work That T-Shirt

    The most important factor in your t-shirt styling is confidence. “Confidence is the key” is a cliche for a reason, people. That’s why it’s so important to make each look your own. You can’t feel confident if you aren’t dressing in a way that expresses who you really are. That’s one of the reasons I love t-shirts so much, especially a graphic tee. You can show a little bit about who you are as a person with the design you have displayed on your shirt and when you style that shirt with pieces that are authentic to who you are, you have created a look that you can feel confident and comfortable in and that YOU LOOK GREAT in. Remember that please, once you’ve taken these tips and created a look for yourself you are going to look amazing and I want you to own it. Wherever you are going, and whatever you are doing be sure to rock your look and let your confidence show.

    So what do you think? Are you sold on the power of the t-shirt now? Have you seen all of its raw potential? It’s totally either the “meat and potatoes” or “bread and butter”, am I right? The simplicity of the t-shirt it was makes it so great, it’s versatility is unmatched and that’s what makes it so awesome. So, now that you are armed with a plethora of style tips I want you to go forth and work the heck out of that t-shirt.

    Inspirational T-Shirts: 8 Reasons We Can't Live Without Them

    I’m a firm believer in the power of a great t-shirt, especially an inspirational t-shirt. I mean, is there anything better than a soft, flattering, “wear it with anything” shirt that also helps to spread a great, uplifting message? Well, maybe a never-ending supply of guacamole, but aside from that, a great inspirational t-shirt is where it’s at. T-shirts are one of the quickest ways to tell the world a little about yourself, you throw a message or a graphic on a t-shirt and suddenly anyone who sees you can catch a little glimpse of who you are. With that being said, how can you not love the idea of an inspirational t-shirt? The world is full of enough naysayers and Debby Downers, it needs more people who spread hope, joy, and inspiration. Don’t you agree?

    Okay, so maybe you’re reading this and thinking I’m a kook for putting so much stock in the power of a t-shirt but just hear me out, alright? Grab some guacamole, settle in and stick with me on this brief literary journey and together we’ll see why inspirational t-shirts are the things we can’t live without.

    Reason 1: Inspiration t-shirts can help inspire

    Per Merriam-Webster’s definition, inspire means: to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on; or: to spur on, to motivate.

    T-shirts are one of the most versatile and insanely comfortable forms of self-expression, so why wouldn’t you want to use that self-expression to inspire and spread some light? Use your t-shirt for good and give those around you a glimpse of fabric encapsulated hope and the motivation to keep moving forward. If everyone put forth just a small effort to make the world a more, exalting and enlivening place it would inevitably have a huge impact. So, why not start with something as simple as a shirt? It’s a very easy place to begin on your journey to help inspire the world.

    Reason 2: They can lift spirits

    Surely I’m not the only one who has tried to get dressed and ended up feeling down on myself and my body. It happens and it sucks. It can be hard to ignore that negative voice in your head, the one telling you that if you could just change a few things about your body everything would look better on you. Well, I’m here to tell you that putting on an inspirational t-shirt can do wonders for helping that negative voice shut up and go away. When you’re feeling down on yourself put on that trusty, reliable t-shirt, the one with the soft fabric and the cute design that tells you to stay positive or be kind and let that uplifting message do its job.

    You can’t inspire the world without first inspiring yourself, so don’t ignore the message on your shirt. Instead, take those words to heart and let yourself be as happy as you can possibly be. Being happy and feeling good about yourself and your body is a great way to start your day off right, so if you’re ever feeling down on yourself don’t hesitate to grab your inspirational t-shirt and chase the negative feelings away.

    Reason 3: They're insanely comfortable

    There’s a reason that “t-shirt like” is such a selling point when it comes to clothing. No one can deny the comfort found in a t-shirt. T-shirts are soft; soft like little fabric clouds draped over you. I mean, I’m wearing one right now and it feels fantastic. Also, if t-shirts weren’t comfortable why would the majority of people change out of their “work”, “school” or “party” clothes the second they get home and into a t-shirt?

    Inspirational t-shirts are no less comfortable than regular t-shirts, plus their positive messages help to lift your spirits. So, along with your body being comfortable, you’ll feel great on the inside as well. Talk about a major win-win situation.

    Reason 3: They're insanely comfortable

    There’s a reason that “t-shirt like” is such a selling point when it comes to clothing. No one can deny the comfort found in a t-shirt. T-shirts are soft; soft like little fabric clouds draped over you. I mean, I’m wearing one right now and it feels fantastic. Also, if t-shirts weren’t comfortable why would the majority of people change out of their “work”, “school” or “party” clothes the second they get home and into a t-shirt?

    Inspirational t-shirts are no less comfortable than regular t-shirts, plus their positive messages help to lift your spirits. So, along with your body being comfortable, you’ll feel great on the inside as well. Talk about a major win-win situation.

    Reason 4: They're super cute!

    With their soft cotton goodness and adorable messages, they are a hard thing to resist. To prove my point let me paint a picture for y’all...

    Pretend you’re sitting at home in a pair of sweats and a grungy shirt you got free from some event you volunteered for or from some marathon you ran. Suddenly you realize you need to run to Target, you know you don’t want to put jeans back on because your sweats are feeling oh so great, but you also know that in your current state you would be a skosh embarrassed if you ran into anyone you knew while shopping at Target. You’re wondering what to do when it dawns on have at least 4 inspirational t-shirts in your closet. You go grab one of those, swap it with the grungy shirt you were wearing and take a look in the mirror. You gasp, somehow your sweatpants look trendier and your messy bun looks perfectly tousled instead of lazy and sloppy. Everything has been caught in the glow of your inspirational t-shirt, it’s cuteness has transformed your lazy at home look into a totally acceptable Target shopping outfit.

    Okay, so maybe that’s slightly exaggerated, but you can’t tell me that a cute inspirational graphic t-shirt and some sweatpant joggers don’t make a rather swell errand running outfit. Surely, I can’t be the only one who feels this way because I’ve come across this combo many a time during my trips to Target. A cute inspirational t-shirt can make all the difference, it’s science---shirt science.

    Reason 5: They go with almost anything

    As previously stated inspirational t-shirts make a great companion to sweatpants, but the shirt-wearing fun doesn’t have to stop there. You can wear an inspirational graphic with literally almost anything. They go great with jeans, skirts, overalls, shorts, hoodies, cardigans, leggings, yoga pants, running shorts...I currently can’t think of any other types of clothing, but I bet if I could they would go great with an inspirational t-shirt. T-shirts are a wardrobe staple for a reason, they are versatile to the max and with an inspirational t-shirt that versatility just gives you more ways to spread good vibes to the world. What's not to love about that? I for one, can never pass on that versatile/good vibe combo, and why would I want to? It’s VERSATILE and GOOD VIBE-Y.

    Reason 6: They are affordable

    Other than some obscure high fashion t-shirt I think we can all agree that t-shirts, specifically inspirational t-shirts are an extremely budget-friendly item. You don’t break the bank by buying a t-shirt. They are affordable and durable so you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth out of them.

    When you consider the affordability of t-shirts it makes you realize that they serve as a great equalizer. Other clothing items can draw attention to differences in wealth and what people can afford, and even though there is nothing wrong with people buying and enjoying expensive clothes (when they can afford them) it’s cool to think about the fact that people from all different walks of life can buy an inspirational t-shirt. Their affordability makes them accessible to people in all income ranges. You don’t need to be rolling in piles of money to buy an inspirational t-shirt, you don’t have to be Daddy Warbucks to purchase a shirt emblazoned with an inspiring message...t-shirts bring us together y’all, and I love it.

    Reason 7: They are simple and convenient

    They are simple and convenient. Throwing on a t-shirt is as easy as…well, throwing on a t-shirt. Inspirational t-shirts don’t slow you down with buttons or criss-cross straps, they are simple and easy to put on. Plus, that inspirational message helps guarantee you won’t somehow accidentally put your t-shirt on backward and not realize it; as long as the inspirational message is on the front then you're good to go. Considering the number of times I’ve overslept and had to get dressed quickly, while not fully functioning or awake, I’m pretty fond of that failsafe, t-shirt wearing life hack.

    Reason 8: They are a great way to spark conversation

    Sharing an inspirational message with your t-shirt is a great way to engage with those around you. Maybe someone is having a rough day and the message on your shirt inspires them to start a conversation with you and maybe that brief conversation helps to brighten their day and inspires them to have a more positive outlook on the world and their life. I mentioned before how little things can make a big difference, so even a brief conversation can leave a lasting impact on a that brief conversation be a good one by sparking it with one of your inspirational t-shirts.

    Inspirational t-shirts can also help you spark up a conversation with someone who is also wearing a t-shirt with a positive message. By merely looking at each other, you can tell that you have something in common, a common desire to have a positive attitude and to share a positive attitude with the world around you. Don’t be afraid to express your inner optimist, and wear a shirt that can make a difference in how you interact with those you meet.

    Okay, so you stuck with me and maybe you still think I’m a little bit of a kook, but you can’t deny I have point. There are a lot of reasons to love inspirational t-shirts, I’ve given you eight right here. Eight solid backed up reasons. You’re welcome, by the way, for giving you all these awesome reasons to buy and wear an inspirational t-shirt…

    But in all seriousness, the world needs more inspiration and hope. It needs more people looking to build one another up and even though wearing an inspirational t-shirt seems like a simple thing to do, it really can impact you and those around you. So, if you were on the fence about getting yourself a t-shirt, I hope that this helps you make the decision to go for it.

    Now, let’s put on our inspirational t-shirts and spur the world on, know you want to.

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    “Everything will happen for you all of a sudden and you will be thankful you didn’t give up. Blessings are coming. Believe that."

    I love this little statement.  It speaks truth to me when I am seemingly on mile 19 of an emotional marathon of one sort or another.  

    I was not so long ago a single mama, teacher, and an exhausted grad student.  Life had me holding on by my fingertips struggling to keep up. Then one day, I hesitantly accepted a lunch “date” from a kind man I met online. (This was BIG because I do not do the “online” thing.)

    And just like that….. Everything changed.

    I met my best friend and a sweet love story began.  

    Life has a habit of doing that. Changing! Cherish the magical days and breathe through the not so magical ones.  Because it doesn’t ever last very long. If today finds you on mile 19 of an emotional marathon.  Keep moving forward. Blessings are coming. The sunshine will break through the clouds. And I can say from experience, that the lessons learned are always worth the pain.  

    Let me introduce myself. I am Caree. I love being part of the Flybird family. Here at Flybird, we want to get to know more about you, share a little more about who we are and why we love doing what we do. And so we begin….. Stay tuned.