Building Basics: White Tee and Patterned Jean

If any of you are like me, you understand the importance of building an outfit around a basic. Clothing is like a palette of paint colours, waiting to be mixed and matched into something lovely. Often, though, it is the common pieces in one's wardrobe that seem to be under-appreciated, and under styled. They are, after all, basics. 

But here's the thing: unless you are a runway model, or someone working in an industry promoting high fashion, chances are that those BASICS PROVIDE A STYLING FOIL TO THE MORE ECCENTRIC ITEMS IN YOUR CLOSET. 

Allow me to demonstrate.

I began with a simple white tee. This is one of my favourites: 3/4 length sleeve and loose fitting, with a little bit of stitching detail at the collar. 

I subsequently decided on pairing the t-shirt with peach and white snake-print cropped skinnies that I love, but have a hard time finding an excuse to wear. 

After that, I added a contrasting (and darker) colour using a scarf that I had in my closet, and whose print didn't overpower the jeans. This is important to remember when wearing scarves with other loud wardrobe items, especially when mixing patterns. Be sure that they don't compete for attention.

A good way to gauge this is to choose a bigger, more defined print for scarves if the opposing piece has a smaller design, or vice versa. The last thing you want is for someone to look you up and down and wonder why your outfit is yelling at them.

Knowing that I was wearing cropped jeans and that temperatures were fairly cool, I threw on a pair of (mismatched) socks and knee- boots to hide my ankles.

Lastly, to not over-exert the colour scheme, I pulled in a cardigan whose colour matched the scarf. This way, other than the boots, I only used 3 colours in my scheme: peach, white, and navy.

The peach and navy sit opposite each other on the colour wheel (where, normally it would be some tone of orange, the peach offers enough of a contrast that it works), and therefore compliment each other without becoming visually exhausting. 

Here is what the outfit looked like once I put it all together. The boots act as a neutral, while the navy draws your eye in. The peach colouring in the jean also makes me feel like I can get away with the no white after labour day rule and still keep things classy without going all Drew Barrymore in 'Never Been Kissed.'

And voila! An outfit, built around a basic white tee, that has managed not to throw a competitive yelling tantrum with itself.

As a note, I would like to start a series on wardrobe basics and 'how to wear' certain styles and items. Is there anything you would like to see? Tweet me, email me, Facebook me. I'll be sure to make it happen.

Happy Thursday!

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