Help! Style Me…

September 29, 2012

Espresso and Cream has never been, and will never be, predominantly a fashion blog. I have too many bad hair days and not enough items in my wardrobe. But I do enjoy posting fashion photos when I find an outfit or item of clothing that I think other readers might love, too. Last week, I got sucked into the clothing section of Target over my lunch break and bough this shirt on a whim. I was feeling frumpy, having a horrible hair day, and this shirt was calling my name. Do you know those days?

The problem is, when I got the shirt home I had no idea how to wear it. I’ve tried putting it into an outfit in a couple different ways, but when i see it in photos, I think it looks horrible, large and unflattering (hence the belt in these photos, though I don’t think that’s right either…)

So I’m putting it out there to you: How would you style this shirt?

I feel like it has potential, it just needs to be unlocked. And I don’t have the key.


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  • Reply Rachel F. September 29, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I have a shirt like this. I let it be baggy over a pleated miniskirt with tights and (high-heeled) boots. You could also wear it tied in a knot at your belt line with jeans (i love it with colored jeans like burgundy.). You could put a cropped vest of jacket over it to cut the line at your waist. The possibilities are endless, really.

  • Reply Emily Rasmussen September 29, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I have no idea about the styling but I love Joe’s shadow in the pictures šŸ™‚

  • Reply S September 29, 2012 at 3:32 am

    it would look super cute tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt!

    • Reply Amy Kelly September 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      This is what I was going to suggest as well! Maybe as a layering piece underneath a cute, fitted cardigan or sweater as well?

  • Reply Taylor September 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    It’s kind of hard to tell-is it a collared blouse? Neatly roll of the sleeves a little bit and tuck in the front!

  • Reply Jamie September 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    i think you’re halfway there by wearing a belt over it. my idea is to wear it almost as a jacket. so, layer a tank top underneath and then, rather than buttoning the shirt, put the belt over it.

  • Reply Esther September 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Tuck the front of the shirt into jeans and leave the back out. Tuck into a pencil skirt

  • Reply Laura September 30, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I’m with a few of the other suggestions here — rolling the sleeves, pairing with a colored pant (pink-red-burgundy spectrum?) and adding a metallic statement necklace. I think you have to own the brassy style of the shirt. Can’t wait to see “after” photos! What a fun post.

  • Reply Lori September 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I would put a military vest and belt over it or I would tuck it into a high wasted pencil skirt.

  • Reply Kristin Graybeal September 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    To add to what others have suggested, you could also wear a blazer over it and roll the sleeves to cuff over the blazer so they show and tucked into jeans or a skirt.

  • Reply Christina September 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    This looks like the blocked colored shirt at Banana! Glad you didn’t buy both! šŸ™‚

    Oh, gosh, style. I go to YOU for style help. I’ll try though: a camel pencil skirt, that same gold skinny belt and burgundy flats? Kinda like a whole neutral thing?

  • Reply Amanda October 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Ok, so tis is what you can do. Tuck it into a bright skirt. Like a mustard or cobalt, Jcrew has great ones. Also you can do a pair of leather-coated skinnies too. Lastly, you can put it with cargo skinnies. So cute!

  • Reply Sara October 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    a few have said this. but, i like to tuck the front of a shirt like this into jeans and let the back hang out ala kendi everyday!

  • Reply Clare @ Fitting It All In October 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    With a pencil skirt! Black is classic but a bold color would be fun

  • Reply Kim J October 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Tuck that bad boy into a pencil skirt…trust me šŸ˜‰

  • Reply amanda October 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    watch the shadow of your camera man in the shots. looks totally amateur. p.s. your blog is a joke.

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