Pretty cool wall art, right?
In high school, I had a sleeveless black, rocker-style tee that said “I Rock” on it in big red, white and blue block letters. I also had a long-sleeve white shirt that said “I Rule” in glittery grey letters. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to these affirmation tees. I guess they were a way for me to get more comfortable with being my silly self (and with broadcasting what I did or didn’t like, i.e. “Team Jacob”).
Other statement shirts I’ve owned:
★A Legolas tee (sigh)
★A pink tee with a picture of a carousel that said “Love is like a merry-go-round, stay on long enough and you’ll throw up.” (I thought that was HIGH-larious.)
★A Taylor Swift tee (of course)
★A tee that said “I love…” and had a list of boys’ names, all crossed off with “myself” at the end as the final answer. I guess I’m a big preacher of self love, huh?!
With this tee here, it’s simple: I think Long Island is a beautiful place and I’m proud to have grown up there. Gotta be representin’ your hood.
I have this scary smile face… are you ready to see it? You sure?
t-shirt, from Klein’s on Fire Island; necklace, vintage; skirt, H&M; flats, H&M.
I remember taking trips to the library when I was 12 or so to use the WORLD WIDE WEB (!!!) to search for unicorn pictures. True story. I would print out the pics I liked (somehow they’re all in black & white) and put them in a bright yellow “unicorn” folder. I also had a huge, majestic picture of a unicorn in my room. I still see anything unicorn and immediately think: Need. Now.
The best way to balance out a skirt that’s fitted and/or short, like this one, is to pair it with flat shoes and a top that is more covered up. I adore this skirt not just because it’s covered in unicorns, but because there are so many bright, fun colors in it. It makes it easy to pull a shade from the skirt and wear a matching top. And don’t be afraid of mixing bright colors! Just pair it with simple, toned down accessories (wear a coat and bag in neutral tones).
What’s cool about this look is that it can be worn day or night. A t-shirt will always make a “going out” skirt look more laid-back. You could switch out the flats for sneakers and wear it to brunch. Or add a leather jacket and head out for a laid-back night with friends, say to a Brooklyn beer garden? Yes, please. While I’m all for wearing dark colors and a ton of black in winter, once spring comes, all I want is COLOR!
What kind of statement tees did you wear when you were younger? And now? And how about them unicorns?!
Photos by Tom Schelling.