DIY Pocket Tee and Fashion Tips

I've always loved fashion! There was even a time in college when I considered changing my major to Fashion Merchandising. I think my love for fashion comes from the delight of mixing colors and patterns and textures and being able to show it off. Of all the creative avenues, fashion is one that we can easily communicate to others without even opening our mouths. We can explore different styles from one day to the next. We can even convey a mood or emotion through our clothing choices. Who doesn't love wearing all black when in a bad mood?

Over the years, I've developed my own guidelines for dressing creatively. I thought it would be fun to share them with you here. I’m also sharing a fun project to help you add an extra punch to a basic t-shirt.

1) Embrace color.

I lived in NYC for about a year. While there, my wardrobe quickly turned black and grey. I'm really not sure how it happened. When I left, I realized what happened and immediately started infusing color. Now, I live by the motto, "the more color the better". I typically wear 2-3 colors and love mixing bright colors with more subdue colors.

2) Embrace pattern.

Colors are great, but pattern is usually more exciting. I love pairing solid pieces with bold, high contrast patterns (think black and white). I'm not usually seen wearing more than one pattern at a time, unless one is simple and the other is just a small dose. Patterns add a level of detail that is hard to achieve with just solid colored pieces.

3) Embrace accessories.

A bold necklace or multi-colored earrings can really punch up a simple outfit. And simple accessories, like a skinny belt, can streamline bolder outfits. It’s all about finding the balance between the bold and simple.

4) Embrace a neutral piece.

I bet you didn’t expect something like this on the list. But it really is a guideline I follow. Just like in artwork, your eye needs some resting space. That’s what a neutral piece does. Anything from jeans, to a white top, to a black cardigan can do this. It makes it so your brain can process all the other interesting things in your outfit.

5) Embrace your style.

When it’s all said and done, you need to ask if you are comfortable in your clothing. Your style is an extension of you and what you put out into the world. If what you are wearing doesn’t send the message you want to send, then consider changing things up. You may only like to wear solid colors, so go for it! Find what you like and embrace it. Your style will probably change many times throughout your life, so I encourage you to be open to that as well.

Now on to the project!

I’m adding extra pizzaz to a simple tee by adding a pocket in bright print. There are so many ways you can do this project to fit your style.

To download the pocket pattern, click here and get access to the downloads library. You’ll be emailed a password and link.

Be creative with how you use the pocket pattern! Instead of a t-shirt, you could add pockets to a cardigan, skirt, or even a handbag. I can’t wait to see what you create!

But I’m dying to know- What fashion guideline to do you always follow?