What Not to Wear

What Not to Wear

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My husband loves t-shirts commemorating events. And he wears one everyday – alone in summer and under a long-sleeved shirt in the colder months. I seldom buy commemorative t-shirts, because the don’t do my middle aged body in favors. I’m okay with that. However, after seeing Postmodern Jukebox twice within a matter of a few months (yes, they are that good), the merch table had this t-shirt available:

Postmodern Jukebox T-shirt

I thought the graphic was particularly awesome, and I really liked the 3/4 sleeves. I caved and bought it.

Ever since then (June), I’ve been struggling to find a way to wear it.

Today, the high was 82, but tonight will drop to 57 degrees. A t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves is a good choice for this temperature range. We had some errands to do, so decided I would wear the PMJ t-shirt. I threw it on with the pair of white jeggings and a pair of suede navy boots.

What Not to Wear

Then because, I have been reading the fashion blogs, and I felt somewhat brave, I asked my husband to stop so that we could take some photos. When I saw the photos, and realized how crappy this outfit is, my first reaction was to delete them and wait for another day. A day when I gave more attention to what I would wear.

What Not to Wear

But upon further thought, I decided a post about what not to wear had value, and might get me past feeling nervous regarding blogging about fashion – a topic about which I was oblivious for most of my life. Nowhere to go but up, right? Besides, Valentino, our 7 pound mutt is adorable. Who am I to deny Valentino an audience?

What Not to Wear

Despite the outfit fail, there are aspects of it I do like – the suede navy boots with the white jeggings.

What Not to Wear

Valentino & I need to get our act together!

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A link to the navy suede boots. They come in many colors.

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  1. The shirt looks to small for you because it is to short and the sleeves are 3/4. If it was longer, the 3/4th sleeves would be ok. That’s what I think when I look at it, but I have problems to find good ways to wear my clothes too, so maybe I am not the one who can give advice on that matter 😉 .

    1. I totally agree with your assessment. I typically prefer tunic length tops. That’s the problem with trying something new. If I can’t get it figured out, it will make a nice shirt for lounging around the house.

  2. how brave! LOL – for some reason I never buy t-shirts with stuff written on them – I don’t know why they have never appealed to me but they don’t – right now I have one promoting a casino that wants to come into our area that my husband picked up for them when he visited their office to find out more info and I have yet to do more than try it on.

    1. LOL! Well, I figure it’s good to laugh at myself. I buy very few t-shirts. But I liked this one. I may just have to wear it lounging around the house if I can’t come up with something.

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I’m 55. It’s intriguing to me how much more willing I am to to try new things than when I was younger. It’s so much fun! I think it probably has to do with having fewer responsibilities. What do you think?

  3. Michelle, thank you so much for sharing this on our Style Six Link Up! We have ALL been there before – we try something and then see the photos and think, what the heck? But you know what? You are being too hard on yourself and there’s nothing wrong with what you’re wearing at all! I tend to shy away from graphic tees because I’m self conscious about my chest and I feel like everyone is staring at my chest trying to read my shirt! Ha!!! Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Kellyann! Ha! Yes, you’re right, some people will be staring at your chest trying to read the shirt. I typically don’t buy graphic tees because of the aforementioned middle aged body, but also there are very few that I think are artistically done or that I feel like being a walking advertisement for. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I know what you mean about the difficulty of finding navy boots (actually navy seems hard to find in general right now). I really felt like I had scored when I got these.

  4. Hi, just came through to your post via a link ( Catherine /not dressed as lamb) and I have to say you should wear exactly what you want and to heck with it. I am a couple of years older than you and am of a similar shape …..some days I want to try and be more fashionable and other days I want to be invisible – blame the hormones !!!!. I have a couple of logo/ printed tees though tend to wear them with a cardi/jacket over…though if its warm what the hell !!! I think your top would look nice with navy trousers/jeans and you could layer a thin sleeveless tee shirt under it in say ochre/yellow or khaki or navy. I often layer shorter tops with something really thin under and it gives the garment added length and interest. Thanks for a good read.

    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging comment and excellent advice, Karen! I did order a pair of navy leggings, but when they arrived, I found the t-shirt is too short to wear with them. I love your idea regarding a longer, thin yellow t-shirt worn underneath. Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much, Jess! I just read yesterday about your music education and love of music. I love music too, but alas didn’t inherit my dad’s talent. I got his love of music, but not his ability to play. I’m sure Valentino will be featured in future posts. He takes my mind off of being so self-conscious.

  5. Michelle, I am so proud of you for going outside your comfort zone! I love the graphic tee! In fact, I am styling a band tee on my blog tomorrow. And I really think you are being too hard on yourself, too. The outfit is not bad. But you can tweak a few things if you wanted. Here’s the thing with any tee shirts, when they are not quite the right length, they can be a disaster, but there are a whole bunch of tricks to try to change the proportions. It is all about the proportions. Always keep in mind the Rule of Thirds. The human eye perceives things in thirds and when something in split into quarters or halves, it just isn’t as pleasing to the eye but it often escapes us as to why something doesn’t look quite right. So, with the tee shirt, you can do a little front tuck action and blouse it a tiny bit. It will cinch in at the waist and lift the line a little higher to create the 1/3 proportion. Or, if there is enough room (if the shirt is baggy enough), you can tie a little knot which will create the same effect. Other tricks for changing proportion are you can add a tunic length tank top or extender under the shirt or a long line vest over top. It’s all a matter of taking the time to play dress up and look in the mirror. Eventually, you hit on stuff and you are like “Wow, that looks amazing!” And then run with it. I hope all these tips are helpful! Keep on rocking your own personal style and trying new things, too. Thanks for linking up, my friend.


    1. That is interesting about the rule of 3rds. I will keep this in mind. When I looked at the pics, my thought was, “that’s way too much white!” LOL! I like the idea of a long tank underneath for this particular tee. Now that I’m paying attention, it’s interesting how much one outfit can be tweaked and rearranged. Thanks for all the helpful hints, Shelbee! I really appreciate it.

  6. Glad to hear the raves about PMJ! We missed the last opportunity to see them, but I just moved way up the priority list. I don’t buy or wear logo tees, either, they are just too casual for my style personality. I see a disconnect between those great boots and the tee. If you grabbed a cute pair of trainers or sandals (in warmer climes) the long column of white would go from bust to ankle. I would love the boots and jeans with a different top, one with a higher level of refinement. PS: Fab accessory! Valentino is darling!

    1. Thanks so much for your helpful critique! My thought upon seeing the pics was, “wow, that’s way to much white!“ LOL! Valentino is an awesome little buddy. He will no doubt show up in more pics. I feel less self-conscious when he’s in the photos too. As for PMJ, I can’t recommend them enough!

  7. That’s why I started blogging and documenting my outfits. I come up with outfit combos and then see what works or don’t work after taking pictures or posting about them. Some become faves. Some are definitely not worth repeating.

    Thank you for linking up on http://www.disisd.com. I appreciate the bravery and honesty of the post. And yes, Valentino is looking fancy!

    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment! There is something about a photograph that allows better analysis, isn’t there? Thanks for sharing that observation. Have a wonderful weekend, Sara!

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