Reader Question: "Ugly" Clothes

Saturday, March 19, 2011
I'm out having crazy rockstar party fun with Chase and my brother (the one who just got back from a two-year Mormon mission in Spain) so I scheduled this post for Ellen who sent me an email asking how to wear these three items she had sitting in her closet:
I have come to you for help with an ugly piece of clothing I own! Actually, I have three. I was wondering what I can wear with these pieces and I know you must have some creative ideas. Please make me not regret buying the grey top. I have absolutely no idea what to wear with it because it's just so ugly. I've also attached a picture of a green vintage vest. That was hand-made by by mom. And the last one is another vest. That's my mom's.


For the gray top... I actually had the pink version of that shirt and wore it once on the blog here...and I never wore it again. It had CAP SLEEVES and was too short to be a tunic but too long to be a shirt...which is why I chose skirts here (and a pair of black skinny jeans, just in case). I did a monochromatic look with a pop of color from the red heels or glittery/white shoes.


tips

  • If you're a shorty like me, always tuck the shirt in...or shorten it.
  • This shirt is a light material and it makes you think "cute and feminine" and I went with that theme with the look here. BUT you can also pair the shirt with tough accessories to offset it! ..think motorcycle jacket, boots, whatever tough means..
For the green vest... This is such a fun vest. Certainly not my style but fun nonetheless - even better that your mom made it! For this look I wanted the vest to be the focus so I went with a white base. Then added brown (not black) clogs and bag with some gold jewelry!


tips

  • My motto with color is you can let one color piece shine by pairing it with neutrals or compete with it using more color! I went with the first option for this look.
  • When I first saw the vest I instantly thought "punk" like Hot Topic. If you don't want your style to go that route, pair the vest with more feminine pieces...like a frilly dress or skirt or cute accessories like bows.
For the pinstriped vest... This is such a great vest because it's a neutral AND striped. So I went for MORE stripes! And then this ethnic/tribe vibe just happened.


tips

  • There's so much you can do with a neutral vest. For starters you can pair it with other neutrals (like I did here) and mix and match with other prints (like florals).

What do you think of my selections? 
What tips do you have for Ellen in styling these three pieces?

14 comments :

  1. I don't think the grey top is ugly at all! Actually I really like it, and your selections are great. The third outfit is gorgeous as well. Don't really like the second one, but that's just because the vest is not my style at all.

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  2. I don't think pinstriped best is ugly! It's really cute!

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  3. ohh the last one is very cute! You can absolutely wear anything with it. not ugly at all ) x

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  4. I think your selections are great! I would be stuck with the green vest in the middle, but I do like the grey shirt, actually.

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  5. Justine @ Just Better TogetherMarch 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    The gray top looks cute, but yeah the sleeve are a tad bit funky.

    Just Better Together

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  6. This is difficult! I think I would combine the green vest with.. hmm.. if you like rock chick, maybe a black thorn-up jeans, printed tee, athough belt and bracelets or so (and wear it not buttoned up). Good luck with finding combinations! The pieces are not thát ugly! ;)

    xx Marije

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  7. Lovely tips!! I think for one of the vests she could also wear it with a dress (but a simple one XD)
    I hope you're having fun!!! :D
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  8. Don't see uglyness here! I loved that top and the beige vest too, great tips!


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  9. I actually love the grey top, it's pretty (at least on the pic :D). I would wear it with black skinnies, silver or black jewellery... the striped vest on the right side, I would wear with a not that dressy, more casual type of blouse... and with black skinnies (or beige... or even some totally funky colour like orange) or a mini skirt and black tights.
    The green vest in the middle... it's a hard job... maybe a blouse (green, white or black... maybe grey) with some trousers...

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  10. I really like the idea of just tucking the shirt in to make it more flattering. Normally I'm not a tucker so I don't think of it.
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  11. GREAT job! I'm kinda impressed....

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  12. I love all these pieces. You did a great job of styling them up. I particularly love the last selection (you had me at maxi dress).

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  13. This is a really good idea. I'd show you all my ugly clothes, but there are too many I wouldn't know where to start. Ahhh, when will I clean out my closet... ;)

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  14. Keep the shirt and the striped vest, they can be worked with. They have a long-term versatility.

    The green vest can possibly only be worn as it was originally intended, which is not in style right now. I say toss. Even if you can get it to work finally, you're still only going to wear it that once so it's not worth the time to try on the 7 different things you'll have to attempt before it works out. (but if you do hang on to it, see with the vest looks like with a belt on it and the excess fabric pulled to the back to make a ruffle under the belt). See, I'm already eating my words.

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