I am a fan of mixing and matching numerous clothing articles from different designers; in addition to being just plain fun, it’s a way to get creative while expressing your own individual tastes and style.
As a result of this penchant for mixing up outfits, I’ve found that I’ve there are a handful of basic wardrobe pieces that I continually gravitate towards — items like the torn jeans miniskirt from the Last Call Yelena set; my Tres Blah jeans with the oh-so-perfectly shaded derrière; the Naughty Designs classic set of crop sweaters (that are modifiable! w00t for being able to control sleeve lengths); my continually growing collection of sneakers (they look like RL Chucks except for the logo) from KK Outfitters; the basic hoop earrings from Paper Couture (they’re free!); etc. They’re all incredibly versatile, enabling me to build my outfits in a myriad different ways.
I’ve recently added another item to my little list of clothing essentials: the White Lacy Shirt from <3 Cupcakes! by Mimi Coral. (She’s also got lots of cute dresses — oh, soooo many sweet dresses, you end up feeling like a kid in a candy store!! — but that’s a whole ‘nother story, heh.) It’s incredibly versatile, and not only because of the basic white coloring. The shirt comes on all three system layers plus the underpants layer for tucking under the waistband of your pants and skirts, making it a super flexible and thus great choice for layering with other pieces. The fact that this shirt is also modifiable and copyable just adds even more value to this bargain of a shirt, because now you can create tinted copies. ^_^
The styling of the shirt itself is basically sweet, innocent, and romantic, what with the high collar and lacy front… totally makes me think of Anne of Green Gables stuff. :p The style is hardly limiting, however; you can still pull a diverse amount of looks out of the shirt. Here are a few outfits I was able to put together (credits and SLURLS are at the end of the post); they all use the same shirt (as well as the same Nicola Red Cameo locket from Caroline’s Jewelry; for some reason I felt compelled to keep pairing the two) but I feel they’re dissimilar enough so that you don’t “feel” like you’re recycling the same look over and over:
Back when I bought the shirt at <3 Cupcakes!, I also picked up a 2-skirt set that comes in pink and grey. The skirts have a very feminine feel, what with the hip-accentuating buttons along the side and all the gathers and ruffles in the texture. Offsetting this nicely are the dark browns and leaner lines of the boots and the tweed jacket (which has that great torn detail that I love ^_^). Topping it off is a smart-looking capped hairstyle, and I added a turquoise bangle for a just a teensy-weensy subtle contrast.
In this next outfit, I again layered the shirt under a jacket, but sort of reversed things — this time, it’s the top half that takes on a very feminine look with a hairstyle that is long, wavy, and shiny, as well as a jacket piece that takes on a very feminine form with it’s puffy sleeves and midriff-baring cut. Balancing things out again are the same brown boots paired off with figure-hugging faded jeans.
After the girly skirts and jacket I wanted a leaner and sexier look, so out came yet another essential piece — the thigh-skimming little black mini skirt. Completing the look is a dark red leather jacket and black pantyhose, along with some rather naughty-looking black platform boots that cling to the legs. In keeping with the somewhat edgy look is the short red hairstyle that deliberately brushes some hair over the right eye. Note: I felt that wearing prim lashes with this look was imperative but texture weirdness resulted in the right eye’s lashes poking through the hair; I remedied this by modifying the set of lashes so that only the left eye would be adorned. (Don’t forget the rule of thumb; ALWAYS make a backup copy before editing!)
It would be remiss of me to not pair this shirt with a skirt that’s equally romantic-looking. (Shorter avatars, please note that the prims on this particular skirt are somewhat longish; the body shape worn in this image is 5’9″ and the skirt fell to near the ankles.) Because I felt there’s already so much going on with the full shape and texture of the skirt, I refrained from adding any other jewelry and the only other adornments are the red manicure/pedicure on the glove/socks layers, as well as the simple sandals.
Last but not least: a rather prim and proper yet dainty look that would work at the office. The slim black skirt, black seamed stockings, and solid black plain pumps create a nice long and leggy line. What keeps the outfit from venturing into overly-stuffy secretary territory is the bolero jacket that remains open and thus leaves most of the torso exposed, and that wonderfully feminine hairstyle. There’s so much to love about this hairstyle, not the least of which is the incredibly life-like healthy-hair texture. The waves are nice and full, the bangs are a great length, the double-stranded headband is a nice touch, and I LOVE that the ears aren’t covered, meaning that you can show off your earrings and still get to keep a great length in the back.
So there you have it, five different outfits. They all have their own unique feel despite having been built around the same, very basic piece. The White Lacy Shirt is incredibly easy to work with because of the thoughtful layering options, and at L$75 it’s practically a steal. ^_^
Credits and SLURLs
Outfit 1: Hair – ETD, Janine black; Eyes – Simtropia, deep brown; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 06; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – <3 Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – Nylon Outfitters, Tweed Jacket in brown; Skirt – <3 Cupcakes!, Skirt Pack skirt in pink; Bracelet – 67 angels, Bangle #01 Turquoise; Boots – Last Call Vamp, Liah boots in chocolate
Outfit 2: Hair – RaC, Southfork black; Eyes – Simtropia, deep brown; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 06; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – <3 Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – Tuli, from the Ana earth set (group freebie); Jeans – Last Call, from the Frida set; Boots – Last Call Vamp, Liah boots in chocolate
Outfit 3: Hair – Kin, Ash red; Eyes – Simtropia, cerulean light; Lashes – RaC, black flirty (modded to be worn on left eye only); Skin – RaC, Tasha; Shape – Mela’s, Harcourt; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – <3 Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – SLink, Black Red Leather coat (sans prims); Skirt – Last Call, pants layer and skirt prim from the Ginny set; Hosiery – Blaze, pantyhose in charcoal from the 13 color bundle; Boots – Szentasha Fashions, boots-zipper-short in black
Outfit 4: Hair – RaC, Southfork black; Eyes – Simtropia, cerulean light; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Tasha; Shape – Mela’s, Aurora I; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04 & Pedicure 04; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – <3 Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Skirt – Material Squirrel, Patch Skirt; Sandals – Lassitude & Ennui, Signature sandals in black & silver
Outfit 5: Hair – RaC, Priss black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04; Earrings – Paper Couture, Antique Pearl Earrings (limited edition, no longer available); Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – <3 Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Skirt – Ingenue, skirt layer from the Paris Lullaby set; Stockings – Insolence, socks layer from the Clara Black Satin set; Pumps – Enkythings, Talyn black