Two Stylists, Two Looks: J.Crew Graphic Tee


My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side. Today, we’re continuing this series with Carly’s pick – a graphic tee from J.Crew!

Carly’s Look

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: This summer, I adore the look of neutral graphic tees. My favorites are subtle messages in soft colors and linens that can be styled from weekend casual to a replacement for a white shirt in many business casual environments. For my look, I did a take on last season’s pattern mixing by topping the graphic tee with a fabulous leopard cardigan. I would mullet tuck the tee (front in, back out) into a cigarette legged white denim (the AG Prima shown is one of my all-time favorites). Place a skinny cognac belt on the pant to tie in the brown tones of the cardigan and make a small cuff on your jean to show off the adorable lace up peep toe flat. To finish off the look, use a colored layered necklace to give this otherwise neutral outfit a bit of a pop!

A casual take that could easily be office ready by swapping the jeans for a white pencil skirt and the flat for a cognac heel!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I love certain graphic tees worn with skirts, Carly’s pick will work best with pants since the graphic takes up most of the torso’s length. I did a light palette, too, to keep the vibe summery, but opted for cool gray slouchy pants and comfy sandals with a block heel. (I’m waiting on my size up to arrive from Sundance – these sandals are gorgeous in person, though they run a bit small.) Like many women I’m constantly cold, even in summer – air conditioning ya know – so I threw in a perforated suede jacket that echoes the color of the sandals. The jacket also adds structure to an otherwise fluid grouping, though it can certainly be omitted. A long pendant with some fun movement adds to the laid-back feel and a snake-print tote lends some pattern.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Thanks again to Carly Gatzlaff of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting, and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment!

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5 Responses to “Two Stylists, Two Looks: J.Crew Graphic Tee”

  1. Ginger

    I like both stylings but probably would go more for Carly.
    I’m not into leather or suede, even in the winter, and prefer slim low-heeled footwear.
    I could see myself swapping out her white jeans for soft gray pants.

  2. ballewal

    Neither? I like them both (again) but (again) neither are my style. I like your accessories better, Sally. And I like the sweater that Carly chose. But I wouldn’t wear either pair of the shoes or pants, they’re just not my style. I actually wish that designers and stores would move away from the skinny jeans and ankle pants because I do not feel comfortable in them.