Dressing Up a T-Shirt for Five Years

2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
Hello all! Happy Sunday! Today is Lefty Living Life’s five year anniversary, can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I decided to start a blog with no plan, no vision, and absolutely no idea what I was doing. We’ve come a long way in five years and I want to take this time to say thank you. Your support, continued following, and feedback mean the world to me and make this whole process so much more fun! So thank you for sticking with me and here’s to another five years! 
2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
With today marking five years, it seemed only fitting that I wear one of the pieces that has been with me for almost the entire time. This New York Times graphic tee is by far one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it is one of those pieces that I keep coming back to time and time again.
2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
Normally, I would say I’m not a t-shirt girl. But if there is any tie between my outfits and my style over the years, it is that there is no such thing as too many sparkles and I love dressing up an outfit. Whether it is dressing up jeans and a t-shirt or a sundress, I love experimenting and finding ways to make my outfits a little nicer and a little more sparkly. 
2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
The inspiration for this probably all comes from my high school English class when I was introduced to Oscar Wilde. Wilde has become one of my favorite authors and my favorite quote is from him: “You can never be overdressed or over educated.” I connected immediately with this quote because I always seem to overshoot the mark when it comes to formality whether I am trying to or not. 
2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
This t-shirt for example, is perfect for dressing up. The neutral color palette makes it easy to pair with almost anything whether it is a tulle skirt, lots of pink, or big earrings and a suit jacket. Suit jackets are great whether you are wearing them to work or otherwise. I love the look of a t-shirt and big jewels with a jacket. There is something so classic but fun about it, that is right up my alley. 
2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,
So, thank you again for sticking with me these past five years and have a fabulous Sunday! XO 
Earrings: Similar here; T-Shirt: New York Times; Jacket: Similar here; Clutch: Similar here; Jeans: J.Crew, Watch: Omega; Nail Polish: Butter London; Shoes: Old Zara, similar here and here
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Statement Camels

2016, fall, statement piece, camel, leather skirt

2016, fall, statement piece, camel, leather skirt

2016, fall, statement piece, camel, leather skirt
Camels are on of my absolute favorite animals. Second only to sloths if we are being honest. So when J.Crew came out with this sweater a couple years ago, I was just thrilled. One of the things I love about J.Crew is that a lot of their pieces are statement pieces at first glance. This sweater for instance- I mean it has a camel on it for Pete’s sake. Despite that, and maybe this is just me, but I always find myself wearing those statement pieces the most. I love them so much that I find a way to integrate them into my wardrobe as often as possible! 
Do you have any statement pieces that have become stables? I would love to hear about it! XO 

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Feathers

For those of you who didn’t see the question on Tuesday’s post, someone asked a very interesting question and I wanted to repost it here with my answer…
What did you think of the motorized dress with the Swarovski crystals? I’m not sure how to feel about a dress that truly couldn’t be worn beyond the runway. 
Tuesday someone asked a great question about Hussein Chalayan’s “Kaikoku Floating Dress” that is part of the exhibition. The dress itself is motorized and is not something that one could wear off of the runway. The comment was about how I feel about a dress that can’t be worn off the runway. 
Seeing this dress in person, I didn’t like it. It’s not my style and I just wasn’t a fan. But no one is going to like everything in an exhibition. 
Personally, with this dress, I have two somewhat conflicting opinions. First off, I don’t exactly love it aesthetically. However, my dislike of the dress has nothing to do with its functionality. This whole exhibition and the idea of displaying clothing in an art museum brings up the question of whether fashion can be art. In the case of this exhibition, many of the pieces are considered art because of how they are made and the extreme craftsmanship involved, but they are still functional pieces of clothing. However, art does not have to be functional. So an art object, in this case the motorized dress, can be modeled after something functional and not itself be functional. So, I think this dress is the perfect example of how fashion can be art and how a lack of functionality can be ok. http://www.designcatwalk.com/floating-dress/
I bought this top as a statement piece early this year and it has become a staple in my wardrobe. I thought it would be difficult to wear because of the feathers, but to be honest, I normally forget they are even there until I get dressed. My take-away from this? Even if a piece has very unique and interesting aspects, it doesn’t have to be difficult to wear. The key I think is if there is an interesting aspect, having the piece be a more neutral color makes it much easier to incorporate into your regular wardrobe. XO 

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