Casual and Understated, with a Twist

graphic t-shirt

Casual and understated, with a twist

That’s how I would describe my everyday style. I’m not a dramatic dresser, and I put comfort over everything else. I wouldn’t wear clothes that restrict my movements, or accessories that get in the way. I guess you could say I’m your typical ‘jeans and a t-shirt girl’, as I want my clothes uncomplicated and low-maintenance.

But that doesn’t mean clothes should be plain. On the contrary: the simpler the outfit, the more important the pattern or the colour becomes. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I don’t really wear neutrals (they really wash me out) and I try to have some colour around my face. And I like luxury accessories that make a statement. Yes, I admit it: I spend a lot more money on sunglasses and bags than I do on clothes…

But I think it’s justified. You see, my sunglasses (or bags, for that matter) are not just a necessity (I have very sensitive eyes) but often the starting point and inspiration for the entire outfit. That is the case here, too. First I decided which sunglasses I wanted to wear, then I chose the sandals and the bag. And then I simply selected a few casual, understated basics to go with them. Well, maybe the t-shirt isn’t exactly understated, but I thought the outfit needed a bit of a twist.

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Outfit details:

t-shirt: Custo Barcelona / trousers: Marks and Spencer / cargigan: Soyaconcept / 

shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / bag: Furla
location: Marylebone, London

What’s your starting point when you put together an outfit?



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  1. No Fear of Fashion
    13 August 2016 / 6:41 am

    I think it looks very put together. In a good way. Very good styling.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      15 August 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Greetje.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    13 August 2016 / 7:45 am

    These colors are gorgious together! I love that bag! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Tiina L
      15 August 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! That bag has become one of my favourites for summer.

  3. Shybiker
    13 August 2016 / 1:05 pm

    I like the swervy design. It flatters you.

    • Tiina L
      15 August 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks, Ally!

    • Tiina L
      15 August 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Oh, comfort is everything. I absolutely refuse to be uncomfortable for fashion…

  4. Sheela Goh
    14 August 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I like this, Tiina. There are enough details to keep the eye interested but not overtly to the point that I do not know what to look at 🙂 and I never thought I'd like coral paired with olive green but I do!!! I used to create my outfits around shoes. These days, however, there isn't anything specific which dictates the overall look. It could be a top I've been dying to wear or a new clutch or an old fave hat xoxo

    • Tiina L
      15 August 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Sheela. I'm a bit of a minimalist, and I can't stand outfits that are too busy. I often create my outfits around a bag. Or sunglasses, sometimes even a scarf. But it's always good to experiment a bit, mix and match and try new combinations, right?

  5. Jill James
    16 August 2016 / 4:51 am

    Your ability to take casual up to the next level with your always well chosen accessories is definately your trademark. The corals are so pretty on you.

    • Tiina L
      16 August 2016 / 11:30 am

      Thanks, Jill. Well, you certainly know the power of well-chosen accessories, so that's a huge compliment coming from you.

  6. Jessica Jannenga
    17 August 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Even with the dresses I wear, comfort always wins out! I love these colors on you, a salmon or peachy pink this graphic looks great!Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Tiina L
      18 August 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!

  7. Nicole Mölders
    18 August 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  8. Shelbee On The Edge
    20 August 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Tiina, the pinks look so great on you! I love the print on your top. It depends on my mood how I select an outfit. Sometimes I just am feeling like I want to wear a certain item, whether it's shoes, a scarf, a shirt, or a pair of pants. Then I just go from there. Sometimes I draw inspiration from a style challenge on Instagram. And sometimes I see an outfit during my morning blog reading that I love and I try to copy it. Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again next week. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Tiina L
      20 August 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Thanks! I love Custo Barcelona t-shirts, I often get one (or two) whenever I go to Barcelona.

  9. Garaytreasures
    21 August 2016 / 12:50 am

    Stunning way to wear a graphic tee or print in general. I have heart eyes for that bag, so pretty. Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"Rachel xo

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:31 am

      Thanks, Rachel!

  10. Anna Shirley
    25 August 2016 / 12:57 am

    This is very nice color combo and it works perfectly together. I like comfortable clothes as well. I'm mum and my son keep me very active.Anna

    • Tiina L
      25 August 2016 / 9:32 am

      Thanks. Yes, comfort is everything; it's hard to look elegant and chic if you're feeling uncomfortable.

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