Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How to Wear a T-shirt [With Class]

Hey y'all! Ahh lazy summer days, right? Maybe you're off to camp or volunteering with kids, or just recovering from a hard day in the garden. Chances are, you're gonna need to wear a t-shirt at some point. They're usually pretty unfitted so modesty isn't an issue, but cute? Forgehttaboutit.

Or so I thought. I used to consider feminine and t-shirt as antonyms, but with a little creativity, they can very practically be incorporated into a summer wardrobe.

 Today I woke up wanting to stay in my PJ's all day but we had company, so I thought better of it. ;) Instead, I threw on a knit maxi skirt and was no less comfortable. Thought I'd share my tips on wearing a t-shirt with a skirt and not looking frumpy:
  • Get the right size. Ask for the small or extra small. It is nearly impossible to wear a men's large t-shirt and not look like... well, you're wearing a men's large t-shirt. :P If you can't get the right size, consider doing a little alteration. I have a feminine t-shirt tutorial on my sewing blog to get you started. :)
  • Roll the sleeves. The little cuff adds so much cute and takes away some slop. I usually roll mine a little higher than I have in these pictures, but my sleeves have Blimey Cow's autographs all over them so I don't like to roll those away ha.
  • Tuck it in. But just a little. No t-shirts tucked completely into denim skirts with brown leather belts, please. Unless you've altered your t-shirt to fit snugly in the hips, this is a must. T-shirt and skirt outfits need hip definition. I guess you could wear a belt over the t-shirt too (like this one), but that takes away some of the ease of the outfit. :)
  • Wear jewelry. Something casual, like a cord around your wrist (like I have here) and your favorite earrings. I've done pearls before and it's a better look than you'd think, but they're not necessary to dress with class. 
  •  Do your hair. I loooove t-shirts for Mondays when I have leftover curly hair. (Or Tuesday, as this case may be). If your hair is straight or kinda confused, do a couple little braids from the part in your hair to give some interest and volume. Ponytails may be done, but do them well. Give some volume on top by adding a braid or two, don't be afraid of teasing, and use a nice hair tie. Add a ribbon, flower, or some curl. :) 

There is one modesty issue to look out for with t-shirts; words across the chest that bring too much attention to that area. This t-shirt is even cutting it close for my standards. I prefer ones that have a little emblem on the side and more of the message is on the back, or ones that the message goes vertically. For camp events and stuff it's sometimes hard to avoid though when everyone gets the same shirt. :)

While we're on the subject, are you looking for an encouraging birthday present for a brother or dad? Check out BoldThreadz. They've created some awesome looking t-shirts with an even better message. "Ink That Makes You Think... Biblically" is their tagline. Love that. :D

So, how do y'all dress femininely in a t-shirt? I'd love to hear your tips! Have a great day!

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  1. Great tips! I'm working at camp this year and will definitely be using these ideas. :) I'm thinking I may have to go the alteration route, though - the company that makes our shirts has the sizes fitted extremely large, unfortunately.

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  2. Thanks for the suggestions!
    I work at a Christian camp as a cook during the summer and we have to (get to!) wear camp-themed t-shirts on Monday and Saturday. We always get our t-shirts on Sunday night, so I just "fix" it that night for the next day. (I bring my sewing machine) I usually take in the sides and roll up the sleeves, then slip stitch them in place (you can't worry about the sleeves falling down when you have 5 min. to serving time!) It would be nice if they came cute, but I don't think the guys would like that. :)
    Thanks again for the tips!

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  3. love this! comfortable AND cute --- the bracelet really makes the outfit :)

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  4. I'm more of a jean and t-shirt kind of girl, but I'm really striving to dress more feminine and modestly so this helps a lot! It's hard to dress in a way that's feminine AND convenient when you live on a farm, ride horses and catch chickens daily. :)) I've found a new love for cotton maxi's because they are so easy, obviously I can't ride horses in them but I CAN feed chickens and wrangle goats in them. ;) Love the outfit! Great tips. :)
    Www.Modestyismypolicy.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm with you!

      Grace P.

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  5. I've used your t-shirt tutorial twice and I loved it!!! It totally works! :D

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  6. cute outfit olivia ....actually i think i like all your outfits minus the pants.. lol i never wear pants unless am around other girls. anyhow God bless!!

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  7. I read your first sentence about camp and volunteering with kids and I thought, "Ha! Crazy, she guessed right on!" ;) I'm going to a camp this week /to/ volunteer with kids.

    I've taken multiple tshirts and (if you don't like a bit of a messy look...) I cut carefully right around the "ribbed collar" part. The extra half inch off, especially on the tighter necks, really helps. I don't have to re-hem the collar usually since there's a seam there anyway. It doesn't look totally finished though, which is why I said "messy".

    Also, on larger t-shirts I usually take in the side seams a couple inches. Sometimes I roll the sleeves and sew them into place so they don't keep falling down.

    I actually really like starting with a large tshirt, because the shoulder seams hang off so much that I can cut off the whole sleeve, sew up the side seems a few inches, and I end up with a nice long, defined-enough, short sleeve t-shirt, without just a few scissors strokes and 2 straight seams. And you can pin/decide how tight you want it to be around the hips, so that's nice...

    *ramble ramble ramble*

    I /love/ your hair here, and that blue is really pretty. :D

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    1. That's exactly what I do, too! I find it much easier to start with the giant tees. Then you end up with cute little cap sleeves. I don't even hem them. :)

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  8. Good, useful tips, Olivia! I am going on a trip to a friend's, and am bringing quite a few T-shirts. I usually wear them with cute accessories, like scarves or necklaces, to make them feminine. A big thing is making sure that they are the right size, so they don't look frumpy. :)

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  9. I love these tips, and cotton knit material?! Yes, please. I love material that you don't have to iron and fuss around with!

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  10. I agree with what you said about words across the chest, especially if it's tight. thanks, I thought I was one of the few girls "crazy" enough to worry about that:) Thanks for the helpful tips for ladies!

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  11. My summer wardrobe consists of t-shirts. Which I hate. But because I don't have the money to just go on a wild shopping spree and because it's difficult for me to find something that I can wear without it being too big (when I actually get a size that isn't tight), or something without sleeves (tanks seem to be a staple nowadays), I have to resign myself to wearing t-shirts with my skirts and jeans. I hate it, but I have to live with it. I might try a few of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I occasionally wear tee shirts, usually a concert tee or something like that! Definitely pairing it with a skirt makes it more feminine! Also agree heavily on the fit, the bigger it is the sloppier it looks...although I don't think everyone wears a small...=)
    Anyway, you look great in this outfit, as always!
    And wanting to sit in your PJs must be in the air...I'm wearing a jean skirt and a hoodie...with unbrushed hair *shhh!!*
    Oh yes, when I want to make a casual outfit cuter and more feminine I usually add hoop earrings!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
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  13. Love it, Olivia! When you say 'roll the sleeves' do you mean just roll them up a bit and hope they stay that way? Or do you stitch them down?
    You look adorable, by the way. Your hair is beautiful left down and curly! :)

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  14. One thing I like to do (besides taking in the side seams)is to cut off the neck ribbing and any top stitching--maybe enlarge the neck a little too--fold under and sew to form a casing. Then insert elastic around the neck. The effect is feminine and much prettier than ribbing! Quick and easy too.

    PS Olivia I've never commented on your blog but I love it even though I'm a mom of 4 :)

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  15. I agree with you Olivia and others that there is a fine line between being too tight or too loose with t-shirts. You can look swallowed up and shapeless or be too revealing. Its hard to find that balance sometimes with t shirts. Also with lettering across the front too there is a fine line between modesty and calling too much attention to your chest.

    I love your outfit and thanks for the great tips! They are helpful for the summer months ahead. I will definitely be wearing more t-shirts this summer to keep cool when I am outside hiking and kayaking with the family.

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  16. Thank you so much for the tips! For a while, I have been staying away from baggy T-shirts with logos on the front (unless I alter them.) The shirt that you are wearing hits just the spot between tight and baggy. =) And I agree about the tag-lines across the front.

    So happy about the unexpected post!

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  17. LOVE these ideas! I always have found tshirts sooo hard to wear without looking frumpy. I am 'a size below Xsmall' (in other words, I have to alter nearly all the clothes I buy ;)) so I think that might be the reason. I use a hair tie, gather up the tshirt into a 'pony tail' either at the side or back, and tuck the 'tail' inside - it gathers it nicely at the back, although I tend not to do that when I'm wearing jeans, as this can make the shirt too short - I usually do what you have done here, and tuck the front bit into my jeans, with a nice belt. Oh, and I always roll up dem sleeves! ;)

    You look beautiful Olivia! xox

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    1. Well then we must be about the same size, Emily! I am a size smaller than Xsmall, too so I'm always altering and refashioning clothing..

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  18. You're so cute and can pull anything off well...AND, I want that shirt. Badly.

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  19. Very nice! Thanks for adding the comment about the words across the chest.I think alot of people over look it. In our house it is a general rule though at least for us (5) girls! Thanks for bringing it to att.
    -C

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  20. Love this! I love the idea of tucking them in. I find that a lot of my casual shirts aren't always perfectly fitted, so that gave me a great idea!

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  21. Just discovered your blog via a friend, and I can tell its going to be a fav w/ me! I LOVE DIY/fashion/sewing...so this is right down my alley!
    Great post-wonderful ideas!

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  22. Great look! However, I would like your all's opinion on this way I wear t-shirts: I put on a coordinating color cami, and then and tie the t-shirt in the back with a hair tie, esp on bigger t-shirts. That way it brings in the excess fabric on larger shirts, but still shows some definition. Do you think that is immodest? I do make sure it doesn't ride up to my waist, but rather sits on my hips, and that the cami comes down below it, so I don't show any skin. Thanks!

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    1. I actually wear this style, too! I was planning on featuring it later this week. :) Great minds dress alike. ;)

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  23. Oh wow, awesome tips Olivia! Thanks a lot! These will help a lot. I'm volunteering at a horse program and I want to look casual but cute (and modest) LIke the shirt! :)))

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  24. I need a maxi skirt. My sister has one but she won't let me wear it ;-) I love your Blimey Cow t-shirt. I never thought about adding cuffs. I will definitely remember that the next time I wear a T-shirt which i think will be tomorrow. Thanks for the post!
    ~Mekenna

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  25. Every small busted girly-girl hates T-shirts (esp. ones with words)! But when comfort, practicality, &/or necessity wins out here are some things that I do.

    #1 Accessorize!!! sparkly earrings, necklace or scarf, bracelet(s), ring, cute shoes :) oh & some lip gloss.

    #2 Rock'n fun skirt in bold colors/patterns jazzes up a so-so T

    #3 do both :) -my personal favorite

    God bless!
    ~Clare

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  26. Thank you for doing this post!!! T-shirts are a summer staple for me (I do not wear tank tops or those see through summer shirts) Please have more t-shirt posts I feel like I am border-line of frump! -Grace

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  27. Great post! One super idea I got from some girls was to cut a vertical slit(maybe an inch or two) in the centre of the sleeve and tie the ends together once or twice. It really feminizes a t-shirt. Another idea is to sew a tab underneath with a buttonhole and a button on top. Place it high enough so that it gathers the material a bit, and fasten the button. My sister did this today to one of my shirts with a contrasting print(cut it off a scraps blouse), and I really like it! :) It's called "tabbed cuffs." Love your blog, by the way!

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    1. Oh I wish you could post a picture of the, "tabbed cuffs," that sounds so cute.

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    2. Olivia did a tab-sleeve, similar alteration on a t-shirt on her sewing blog here:
      http://workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/tabby.html

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  28. Please make more Youtube videos there great!

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  29. Great post! I normally don't wear t-shirts, mainly because I really don't have many! I volunteer at a summer bible program for kids at a family center. This year, we are required to wear flourescent orange t-shirts so the group leaders will stand out for the kids. Not sure how cute you can make a bright orange t-shirt look, but I will definitely try some of these suggestions! Thanks!

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  30. I tried the tucking part of the t-shirt in and as I am a rather curvy body-type, it looks terrible. It points out and defines my hips, not my waist. :( Any tips?

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  31. Are you still doing the Friends of Fresh Modesty posts? I love them! :)

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  32. i use to love t-shirt but since i gain weight it seem to emphasize my unwanted curves I heard though that printed shirts somehow disguise and hide the unwanted curves.
    nice and you are so pretty by the way :)

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  33. I love the skirt Olivia! Thanks for posting! ~ Sarah

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  34. Hi Olivia, I just love looking through your posts and the wonderful encouragement you share. My daughter just loves following you. I was poking around and saw this post. Love the t-shirt with the skirt combo! I just wanted to make a comment re: your shirts message. It's just another version of Holy Cow and is kinda vulgar.....just thought I'd mention it.

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  35. Skirts are a lot more modest then Shorts are! I appreciate all thos modest pics. John lehman

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  36. WOW!!! it is pretty cool to see a MUCH MORE modest way to dress!
    but just wondering are, shorts really that inmodest?
    I mean I never really thought they were that bad.

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    1. Well, one of our main purposes for dressing modesty is to not be a stumbling block to our brothers in Christ. I would encourage you to read under at least the "Pants/shorts/leggings" part of this modesty survey to see what guys are saying about them: http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/browse

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  37. I usually don't tuck them in, but I usually wear t-shirts that have feminine patterns on them, are fitted, or have beads or something, or any combination of the three. I do have this one outfit where I tuck the t-shirt into the skirt and then pull it out a little so it folds over the waistband. However my cat ripped a hole in that t-shirt, so I'm going to have to get a new one.

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  38. Nice tips, indeed. Never thought T-shirts look best with long skirts. You're actually right when you said in order to pull this look off, you need to have the right shirt size. And of course, you'd have to roll up your shirt sleeves. Overall, you look gorgeous in that look. Will look forward to your future posts! Thanks for the tips.

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  39. Do you think Christian men should go shirtless and wear tight jeans? I consider it a personal stumbling block as a woman, but I'm not sure how to deal with it. It seems that only Christian women are concerned with modesty. :/

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  40. So where in the world did you get skirt? I absolutely love it! Thanks for the tips about T-shirts. I like to throw on T-shirts because they are so easy to throw on and still be comfortable and modest!

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    1. Thanks, Anon! I made my skirt, actually. :)

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  41. Thanks for the Tips I will definitely try out this cute Look!

    http://dublinpetit.blogspot.com

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