All around the world fashion enthusiasts are gearing up for New York Fashion Week (Fall/Winter 2015), starting during the second week in February. I thought it would be fun to wear a graphic top showing where three out of the four most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of the world: Paris, London, and of course New York. The other not displayed is Milan.
This top has been sitting in my closet forever, but the timing of wearing it now seems perfect.
Some women question whether graphic tops are appropriate when it comes to their age. I truly can’t say I’d chosen not to wear my top because of that concern. I simply forgot about it. My response to those types of questions will never change… “It’s All about Style”!
If you can’t tell by now I’m not an advocate of clear-cut rules when it comes to style; however, my recommendations pertaining to wearing graphic tops is to consider some basic things.
First and foremost, ask yourself how comfortable you feel wearing the top. It may be a great fit, but if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it you will stick out like a sore thumb. Hence, your confidence level and outfit should be like peanut butter and jelly; or like husband and wife. They just go together, and one without the other is incomplete! 🙂
Another more important thing to consider is the message displayed, and whether it portrays who you are. Graphic tops obviously call more attention to the person wearing them, so it’s always good practice to use good judgement about what they say. Many companies are putting any and everything on tops to get more sales nowadays, and some of the messages are just downright vulgar. A few weeks ago I was out shopping and spotted what appeared to be a woman around sixty years old, wearing a top with “Bad Bitch” on it. I was floored! I’m quite sure I wasn’t the only one staring, asking why, and wondering what in the world she was thinking.
One more thing to consider when selecting a graphic top is body type. Graphic tops scream “read me”, and more specifically draw attention to the area where the message is shown. Someone who obviously has a very large bust may not want to particularly highlight that area, so consider those types of things during the selection process.
The last thing to consider is what the top will be paired with. Pairing a graphic top with a simple pencil skirt will create a more mature look. Pairing with jeans and a blazer is nice for a date night. Pairing with a tulle or skater skirt is great for a whimsical look.
No matter what you decide, don’t forget to have fun with it. After all, life is too short to wear boring clothes!
Here are my outfit details:
Sunnys: Old. Betsey Johnson
Graphic Top: T.J. Maxx
Asymmetrical Leather Skirt: NIMA
Shoes: JUSTFAB (Fawne) http://www.justfab.com/index.cfm?action=shop.viewproduct&displayVideoTab=1&tab=shoe&featured_product_location_id=0&product_id=&psrc=browse:shoes:New-Arrivals&master_product_id=1780909&original_master_product_id=1780909
The Ultimate Fashionista