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The Basic Series: The Plain White T

This is the first of an undetermined amount of posts (Ooo so suspenseful) on basic garments what every woman should have in their closet.  This series is inspired by a 4 week EU trip I am taking in June in which I am only bringing a small tote and 20 inch suitcase.  YUP, you read that right.  If you know me well that is generally what I pack just to go to work on a daily basis. Sooo therefore basics are going to be my go-to!

A lot of people think their wardrobe is boring because it is full of “plain clothing,” but in reality high quality, well-fitting “plain clothing” is the best thing you can add to your wardrobe!!  Think Jackie O, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn…now close your eyes and think of someone in your life who you think is super fashionable.  OKAY so next time you see me (or I guess next time you see that other person you thought of instead of me?)  take a good look at what I’m wearing, chances are 90% of my outfit consists of a basic attire (plain white tank, plain black pants, nice jeans, etc.) and not asymmetrical/trendy/printed pattern on pattern stuff.  I jazz up outfits with certain trendy accents, but the basics are the building blocks.  Well-fitted, high quality basics being the key.

With that said, I would say it makes sense to spend more ca$h money on the higher quality basics.  Feel free to get all that trendy stuff at Forever 21 or Target on super sale as it probably will only last a season or two any way.  Just please don’t buy a Hawaiian shirt.  Ever.  Unless of course you are Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, that man looks good in anything.

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For you history buffs out there the T-shirt originated in the military and was worn under uniforms. Ever seen those vintage pics of musclely men relaxing with their white t’s and camo pants on? (hubba hubba) Okay history lesson over, sorry nerds this a fashion blog.

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Beginning List of things worth spending extra money on (**if they fit perfectly**:
Jeans
Real Leather Boots
Black Blazer
Black Pants
Basic White T

My faves:

Below are some of my favorite Plain White T’s ranging from least expensive to most expensive (the one in my photos is T by Alexander Wang – I love how soft and comfortable it is, but at the same time it drapes perfectly) :

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WORK.

Ooo look I combined a lot of basics here (white t, black blazer, black pants) with a statement necklace and trendy heels.  See what I’m saying here?  You can do a ton of mix & matching with these pieces as well.  And I made this T-shirt totes apropes for work (ew did I really just say “totes apropes”).

Plain white T + Cropped Skinny Black pants + Black Blazer + Statement Necklace + Black Heels

Plain white T + Cropped Skinny Black pants + Black Blazer + Statement Necklace + Black Heels

 

PLAY.

Hooray Spring weather is here in New England!  Well at least some days out of the week….between the hours of 10-3.  This outfit is semi-casual and is good for a date or frolicking in a meadow of daffodils.

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DON’T CARE. (but hey, i kinda care)

Don’t I look trendy?  Little do you know this is basically a step above pajamas mwhaha.  I did a little pattern mixing with the scarf and camo toms.  Also, I love the top knot hairdo, super easy, but looks super chic. Do it.

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So quick, go out and getcha self a white t before they’re sold out!  If you are nervous about adding it to your repertoire (it can be scary!) go with the Hanes women’s T, and if you like it try one of my other suggestions that fits your body shape well.  Until the next Basic Series post, au revoir (I’m practicing for Paris, I know goodbye and cheese so far..)!

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Men’s Plaid Shirt.

Is there anything that looks better on a guy than a perfectly fitted plaid shirt? (YEAH, no shirt! hmm..good point)   Okay, I don’t know if it’s the colors that bring out their eyes or the fabric that fits their body so well, but when you see a man wearing a perfectly sized plaid shirt, whether on a cowboy, or a lumberjack, or that really hot and manly electrician who you see working at your office sometimes that you just want to smash all the lights and cut all the wires for just so he has to come back again…..you know, just hypothetically speaking…I mean, it’s just a really good look.  It’s such a classic pattern that literally looks good on EVERYONE in some form or another. So guys, seriously, if you don’t own one call 911!! because this is a fashion emergency.  Or you could, I guess, just go to the store and buy one, but do so URGENTLY, this is a social life and death situation. In summary, a plaid shirt is perfect for any guy and for any situation, including, and not limited to, (but I just came up with these scenarios right on the spot) you could wear one to work, at play, or just totally not caring (but caring a little bit.)

You would think it would be real easy for a guy to look fashionable, they don’t have hips or hourglass figures, should be pretty straight forward, but they get themselves into some real trouble when it comes to clothing. My biggest pet peeve is fit, if I hear one more guy say he wants a bigger size of something than what actually fits him because it’ll be “more comfortable” I’m going to punch myself in the face (or maybe something less violent and that doesn’t involve hurting myself?). FACT, a man’s most UNcomfortable outfit is equivalent to a woman’s most comfortable outfit, so suck it up gentlemen!

Boy oh boy did I hit the jackpot with my models. Don’t get me wrong, they are super high maintenance and had demand after demand (chicken wings at the photo shoot, bow staff/nunchuck props in their photos, I could go on, and if anything I am under exaggerating), but wowee they sure did deliver! Here’s a pic from our epic shopping trip so these boys could get their plaid on. An understatement would be to say they made a scene, but luckily I planned ahead and hired two babysitters to tame these wild animals (thanks Nicole and Rachy!).

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WORK.

Steve is one high demand model, he actually had two photo shoots this past weekend, luckily I booked him well in advance, like a few days ago, phew. Let me tell you something guys, the days of a white oxford shirts with a red striped tie are behind us, time to get creative. I paired Steve’s plaid shirt with a thinner charcoal grey tie, if I could have added one thing I would have added a tie clip, a vintage style that is coming back and makes you look super sharp. You can of course wear this outfit without the tie as well to make it more casual. On the other hand, you can also wear a full suit with a plaid shirt and if it’s a super fancy affair add a matching pocket square for a pop or color, Ooh lala!

Plaid Shirt + Thin Solid Color Tie + Suit Pants + Brown Leather Belt + Brown Leather Oxfords.

Plaid Shirt + Thin Solid Color Tie + Suit Pants + Brown Leather Belt + Brown Leather Oxfords.

Just so you know the difference between a bad work look and a good one, here’s a bad one. Although I do not condone this outfit whatsoever, I more than approve of Fuel for Fire, fruit + protein, healthy and delicious at the same time, that’s like having an outfit that’s comfy and stylish. Perfection.

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PLAY.

I told Casey to look “playful” and got these two different poses. Very versatile Case, I like.  Ladies, you decide which version of playful you’re into 😉 OH WAIT.. this is a fashion blog…not a weird plaid shirt male dating auction site…right..okay back on topic! I put Casey in a plaid shirt and cardigan sweater (Pullover! No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing!). Sorry, random movie quotes pop into my head and I can’t resist.  GUYS, you should own a cardigan, they look so good.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the v-neck sweater over the plaid shirt look as well, but a cardigan really says, HEY, I’ve got style. And when you have style you look good, and when you look good you’re confident, and when you’re confident you get all the babes.  Aren’t you seeing the pattern here? Plaid shirts single handedly make you a better person, I can’t make this stuff up. Casey is also wearing a skinnier fit khaki colored denim, and some boots that could be considered fancy or casual, perfect for a casual soiree or night out after a long day on the ski slopes! Hot toddy anyone?

Plaid Shirt + Cowl Neck Cardigan + Khaki Denim + Brown Leather Boots.

Plaid Shirt + Cowl Neck Cardigan + Khaki Denim + Brown Leather Boots.

 

DON’T CARE. (but hey, i kinda care)

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh my goodness gracious, did Maureen get the real life Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox to model for her blog!?!” No, no, but I got the next best thing, Nick and Oscar! Very classic look here, Nick has on a more relaxed fit jean, comfortable, yet stylish, and some casual boat shoe style boots. Did you say comfortable AND stylish, OH, yes I did boys, it’s possible so I hope you’re taking notes. We rolled his sleeves up just a bit to show off his masculine wrists and went with no undershirt because honestly, it actually looks more put together without one. With this classic look just be sure, and I know I sound like a broken record here, but I beg of you, please be sure your shirt fits properly. None of these flimsy wimsy baggy waggy shirts, or worse, ones that are bustin’ at the seems. These don’t go out of style so just invest a little extra ca$h into one that feels good and looks good, you won’t be sorry I promise. (If you’re sorry though, don’t come crying to me, honey badger don’t care). Oh come one, Oscar is just working that plaid scarf, not much else to say there, he was born to model.

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Plaid Shirt + Relaxed Fit Jeans + Casual Brown Leather Shoes.

Plaid Shirt + Relaxed Fit Jeans + Casual Brown Leather Shoes.

A special thank you to my models, Steve, Casey and Nick, for looking so damn good and putting up with my fashion blogger demands, you guys are the best!  And all you guys out there, let me know if you have a suggestion for another male post and maybe you can be my next fashion model!

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Plaid Shirt.

Plaid, Flannel, Tartan, Gingham, Stripes, who knew there was such confusion with these patterns/fabrics until I started talking about doing this blog post.  Wow people! I thought it was common knowledge, but I shouldn’t be too surprised as I asked 5 guys if they knew the difference between a skirt and a dress and 3/5 got it wrong… SO there’s that.

Seems like everyone these days are wearing plaid:  hipsters, farmers, Scottish men, me, and now YOU (<– if that sounds a little bit forceful, it’s because it is.  YOU WILL JOIN MY PLAID CULT, say it with me).  The plaid shirt is also adrongenous, but HOLD ON boys do not wear these looks below, I have some other ideas for you and maybe, just maybe I’ll do a blog post about it hmmm.

 

WORK.

Plaid to work??  But, Maureen I’m not a Scottish lumberjack farmer, it won’t look business professional.  Oh, YES it will.  You just need to accompany it with more refined and tailored pieces.  In fact I actually made this outfit into a preppy look with the pearls.  Just don’t wear your wide leg dress pants with the plaid shirt untucked and flats or I WILL call the police.  The fashion police and the regular police because you are obviously on drugs.  Plaid can add some colorful accents to your all black career wardrobe (a lot of you were probably like damn, she’s right all my work clothes are black).

Plaid Shirt + Navy Pencil Skirt + Cardigan + Nude Heels.

Plaid Shirt + Navy Pencil Skirt + Cardigan + Nude Heels.

 

Who says plaid can’t be a little bit sexy?  OH.  Al Borland.  Good Point.

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PLAY.

Okay, okay I’ll refrain from buying any plaid lingerie, but you can sex it up a little bit with a sassy little dress. Plaid is a fun way to add a little color and pattern to a plain outfit that you wouldn’t generally get from a coat or cardigan.  And btw I decided I love the leg warmer/tall sock exposure with boots thing.  So do it.  This outfit is semi-casual fun and flirty so go to semi-casual places and have fun and flirt in it.  You could go apple picking, pumpkin picking, drink apple hard cider, drink pumpkin beers, make apple crisp and carve your pumpkin in this outfit.  What fun!

Plaid Shirt + Black Asymmetrical Jersey Dress + Scarf + Waist Belt + Leg Warmers + Chestnut Boots.

Plaid Shirt + Black Asymmetrical Jersey Dress + Scarf + Waist Belt + Leg Warmers + Chestnut Boots.

 

DON’T CARE. (but hey, i kinda care)

I like to say this outfit is hipster chic.  And by “like to say” I mean I literally just thought of that as I was typing it out.  It’s comfy and warm, but still looks a little tailored and the cuffed jeans make it look like you put some effort into it (little do people know cuffing jeans only takes about 27 seconds mwhahah).  Also if it gets hot in here I can just take off all my clothes. WAIT WHAT!? I mean my sweatshirt…sorry I often think and speak in old school Hip Hop lyrics without even realizing it.  The plaid shirt looks just as snazzy (<– grampa slang) without the sweatshirt as well (refer to the pic below, that guy nailed it!).

Plaid Shirt + Light Crewneck Sweatshirt + Cuffed Jeans + Converse.

Plaid Shirt + Light Crewneck Sweatshirt + Cuffed Jeans + Converse.

 

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I mean look how trendy plaid really is, just last week I went to this party and ALMOST everyone there had it on.  This was a complete coincidence. Definitely not a themed party in which I came up with the theme.  Nope.  Definitely not.

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Get ready for next week’s MAUREENIE HALLOWEENIE SPECIAL!!  It’s going to be trendtacular!!

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Animal Print Cardigan.

“Leopard print is really HOT right now” – My dad

Oh btw this is coming from a highly conservative man who considers wearing a hunter green sweater over his white collared shirt instead of a navy one a “fashion risk.” So to say the least I was a bit, uh, skeptical of his “oh so confident” statement on the latest trends.

WELL turns out he has been sneaking episodes of Project Runway in between Red Sox games and Political Television because low and behold I googled “Fall Fashion Trends 2013” and WABAM (I promise to completely make up one word per post) – Animal Prints:

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So I chose to highlight the animal print cardigan this week, but seriously, shopping around this weekend I have never seen so many options when it comes to animal print. Skirts, scarfs, dresses, coats, moo moos, you name it, get something with an animal print if you don’t own one already (don’t get the moo moo), this trend comes and goes as fast as a cheetah runs (that sounded stupid, but I’m keeping it).

 

WORK.

So ladies and gentlemen just when you thought animal print was too ferocious for the office…it’s…not (Okay fine I need to work on my innuendo punch lines). It’s actually really elegant, I mean look at Audrey Hepburn and I here, we’re just ridiculously sophisticated (okay she is, I look sophistically ridiculous).

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She inspired this outfit with these two pictures. I took the classic black dress (if you don’t have one of these run to the store NOW, lbd’s ((if you don’t know what lbd’s are, you can’t be saved)) (((how many parenthesis within parenthesis is she gonna do?))) are a staple!) look and I made it a bit edgier with this sassy leopard cardigan. I also stayed with the Hepburness theme with the pearls, but added a bit more glammy glamness to it with a crystal and bronze necklace.

Animal Print Cardigan + Little Black Dress + Pearl Necklace + Bronze/Crystal Necklace + Classic Black Heels

Animal Print Cardigan + Little Black Dress + Pearl Necklace + Bronze/Crystal Necklace + Classic Black Heels

 

PLAY.

Who says you need a shirt under a cardigan anyways? Oh. Your mother and grandmother and all those other conservative types, well forget them tonight, you’re going out on the prowl!  RAWR. Kept this outfit pretty simple, just black skinny jeans with some eye-catching heels.  I wouldn’t wear just the cardigan with a skirt or pair of shorts though, you don’t want to mix a low cut shirt with something short. Leave something to the imagination for goodness sakes, you don’t want to be mistaken for a cougar….or maybe you do, in which case you may be on the wrong website.

Animal Print Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans + Gold Heels

Animal Print Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans + Gold Heels

 

DON’T CARE. (but hey, i kinda care)

I mixed prints a bit here, which can be tricky.  I have a casual white T with a black & white large rose on it and a more condensed animal print patterned cardigan.  That’s one way to do it, larger pattern with smaller pattern with complimenting colors.  Also, do you like how my hands are in my pockets? Doesn’t that just scream “Hey I’m cool, I’m casual, I don’t care, but I kinda care?”  Yeah I thought so!  My wonderful photographer (and roommate) was making fun of it, but let’s get real, I look like I’m straight out of an Osh Kosh Bgosh Catalogue.

Animal Print Cardigan + Casual T + Distressed Jeans + Flats

Animal Print Cardigan + Casual T + Distressed Jeans + Flats

My final piece of advice, don’t overdue it with the animal prints. An accent piece is enough. Unless you’re a real cheetah or leopard, then have at it, we won’t judge you. But if you’re a human you will risk looking like this:

Woof.

Woof.

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