Travel Fashion: Styling the Graphic Tee

When suitcase (or backpack) space is limited, it’s important that every item is versatile. One of my favorite pieces to take on any trip is a graphic tee.  I’m so pleased that Ely, a co-founder of independent and handmade fashion shop 9th & Elm, has shared her styling tips!  Thanks Ely!

The How-To-Guide on Wearing a Basic Tee that’s Handmade, Independent or Otherwise COOL

Author: Elly Bethune, co-founder of 9th & Elm

Editor: Rachel Medlock, author of Wayfaring Rachel

We all know you can wear a tee shirt with basic leggings or denim, but what are the other cool ways to wear your favorite boyfriend tees and tanks!? I’ve got some ideas that can help you put some outfits together, or recognize some pieces missing in your wardrobe that you need stat!

Tee with sequin maxi skirt

The Sequin Maxi Skirt: Tuck that tee into the maxi skirt and blouse it a little. Also throw on a statement necklace with this look, so it balances out the loud sequin skirt and the tee shirt being so opposite of one another. A statement necklace isn’t 100 percent necessary, but see how it looks.

Leather mini and tee

The Leather Mini Skirt: Throw this on with some tall pumps, and girl you are good to go! Leave it tucked in or let it out. I like both the polished and un-clean look here, so try both to see how you feel hotter!

maxi skirt and tank

The Accordion Maxi Skirt: Much like how we styled the maxi sequin skirt, you can do the same for this look. Love the POP of color with the accordion maxi skirt here. Think it adds a lot to the tank giving it a dressier look with heals or a dressed down look with nice sandals. This look would also be great with a bright pink lip.

Tee and boyfriend jeans

The Boyfriend Jean: I love a good distressed boyfriend jean. Make sure to tight-roll those jeans, yes I said tight-roll like the 80’s (roll them high enough so they almost look like a capri skinny jean), and put on some baller heals with this look. Preferably a pump or one with an ankle strap and you could also add a blazer to complete this look.

Moonshine tee

Dressy Shorts: Put away those denim shorts for now ladies and gents, and let’s add a flouncy pair of shorts, or sequin, lace, to add some texture to the tee. While you’re at it, throw on some platform wedges to make sure those legs are looking long and lean! It’s the perfect tee to wear out with the girls to the bar, or out with your man.

rock me mama tank

Colored Jeans: It’s spring, after all, which means we need some color in our lives after all that drab black and dark colors in the winter that float around our closet. So let’s add that POP of color with our bottoms. Whether that means jeans or shorts, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you feel like that day, let it shine with your new tee or tank. Don’t have any colored denim, try white jeans too!

Since many of these bottom pieces can be dressed up or down, include some of these pieces on your packing list for versatile style on the road!