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For an evening look, the other outfit pieces should be dressy on their own and not rely only on the blazer. I tucked a silky, dark grey, cowl neck shell into a burgundy lace pencil skirt and finished with a delicate, silver beaded necklace. There should be no loose layers hanging out from underneath the blazer and the only time the sleeves should be cuffed is to show off a beautiful bracelet.
A good rule of thumb is to soften your edges wherever possible for a casual look and crisp your edges wherever possible for a dressy look. A blazer will dress up most outfits, but don't rely on it completely to elevate the look- your clothing base should always reflect the look you are going for and the additional layer should be only for polish.
The t-shirt is the both the easiest piece to wear and the hardest piece to look good. Somehow they multiply in the closet and in no time at all they have taken over as your go-to piece. But there is a way to enjoy their comfortable side while not losing your stylish edge. If you've read more than two of my posts, you can imagine what my solution is: layering.
#1 Wear a long sleeve tee underneath a sheath dress
This is a great way to add warmth while also showing off the details of the dress. As much as I love cardigans and blazers, they do have the downside of covering up your bottom layer. You bought the dress because you love it so let the tee help you embrace it fully.
#2 Pair under a blazer
If the other components of your outfit are dressy, you can afford to add in a cozy tee without losing your polish. I love tucking a tee into a skirt and layering with a blazer for a soft edge. Don't forget to accessorize with a fun belt!
#4 Upgrade your tee
The next time you are tempted to pick up another basic tee, stop and take a look around the store. Many places have "fancier versions" of their t-shirts available. Choose a detail or pattern you love and instantly elevate your outfit.
What other pieces in your closet are potential pitfalls? Let me know in the comments!