For the second installment of Down to a Tee, I sought out my close friend Pilar to produce a polished take on t-shirt attire. From her lipstick choices to her assortment of dainty jewelry, she is constantly inspiring me to prettify my own closet; her refined and elegant sensibility permeates her entire way of life. I’m honored to present a visual breakdown of what makes the outfit uniquely Pilar, as well as her response to the question: How do you style your t-shirts?
Occupation: Fashion Merchandising Student
Hails from: Mexico City/Texas
What is your personal aesthetic?
I would have to consider it classic, chic, and very girly!
Ever since the promise of summer hung in the springtime air, I’ve ached for a few pairs of perfect wedges to anchor my wardrobe. I’m not a huge fan of wearing heels (though I do love them with all my heart) so wedges are the alternative. They feel more stable and secure, yet still retain the same sculpting abilities as stilettos or pumps. Awhile ago I announced on Twitter that I was going to elaborate on a few of my current style obsessions, so consider this part one of many other trends that I’ll be exploring…
Mix simple pieces and pops of color with an unkempt aesthetic to embody electric grunge minimalism.
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It seems that whenever I mindlessly throw clothes together, I always find the result more stylish than anything I could have painstakingly composed, as proven by today’s ensemble. (And of course, the power of black is ever-present). Ever since I started my second year of college, I’ve been really into the classic/professional look (think pencil skirts, blazers, stiff button downs, interesting yet demure tops, and anything from Zara). The whole “dress for your job” mentality sort of latched onto my brain and is co-mingling with a current fascination with grunge and romantic clothing. Somehow the three styles fraction themselves out in my brain differently each morning; one day I’ll have a grungy professional look with a touch of romanticism, the next I’ll have a professional romantic look with a touch of grunge, or sometimes the professionalism gets kicked out of the equation and I’m just left with a grungy romance. There are endless possibilities; today, I think I achieved a professional (’80s-ish) look, with a hint of grunge.
Though I’m usually against brown and black together, the belt didn’t really bother me that much against my black tank and skirt. Since it was a skinny belt, it didn’t overpower the outfit, offering a simple cinch around my waist rather than a huge whopping fashion statement. I felt like sending some love towards my ripped heart tights (that ripped. during. the first. use. why?) even though they are horribly made. I thought that the styles of the tights and the earrings would clash, but they were a safe enough distance away to coexist harmoniously.
“Instantly” transformed into a style icon. NOT.
(Headband H&M / Earrings Urban Outfitters / Jacket Express / Tanktop BP / Skirt BDG / Belt H&M / Tights Urban Outfitters / Boots Steve Madden / Bag Marc x Marc Jacobs)
(First photo edited with Photoshop, second taken with iPhone app Instagram, third taken with my Fuji Instax Mini; all property of Mode and the Like).