Are you sick of my shirt yet? 🙂 I wore it on Sunday to visit a friend in the hospital. I wanted to try wearing it over as well as tucked in – here’s how that worked out:
This look works because the under dress is all one color* – I tried it with a contrasting shirt/skirt, and it wasn’t a good thing (I can wear that, but tucked). It works because the shirt is fitted slightly – it has princess seams, and they skim my figure. It works because I belted it.
If it were a baggy shirt, I’d have too much volume – volume up top is something I need to manage, because I am short, with wide shoulders and a largish bust. Because of the largish bust, I need to belt this sort of look, or my shirt will drop straight from my bustline down, aka instant pregnancy.
Because I hemmed this shirt long – not belted, it’s mid-thigh – I can wear this same look over a slim dress (which I don’t own) or a slim skirt (which may now be on the ‘to-acquire/make’ list) or even pants. As my stomach flattens, and is less likely to push my belt up, I can get wider, more interesting belts to work with this.
Accessories and the under-dress/shoes are what will determine the mood of this look. If I wore the same shirt with this belt (and when my stomach flattens, I will get a belt like this, I love this look) and my knee-boots, I’d have a much feistier look going on. Heels and a miniskirt and a chain belt? Something quite dressy.
That’s why basics. You really can dress them up, down, and sideways. This shirt isn’t *quite* basic because it’s such a vivid shade – you’ll remember it. But were this a neutral, I could get away with wearing it twice a week or more without people noticing, if I worked my accessory game correctly.
(PS Speaking of neutral items in the wardrobe, that’s my Little White Dress, minus the floofy petticoat).
*a print would work too, I just mean it’s all one overall shade