North Cackalacky T-Shirt: Gravel Road Tees c/o | Statement Necklace: eBay (similar) | Bar Necklace: 9th and Elm c/o | Bag: Target | Shorts: The Limited (sold out) | Shoes: C. Wonder c/o | Lip Color: Bite Lipstick

Photos by Em Grey Photography

I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent 24 years of my life in the Old Dominion… but after moving to North Carolina over five years ago, North Carolina has totally won my heart. I love this state and I really don’t see myself ever leaving it. I’m not sure at what point I’m considered a true, North Carolina girl, but in my heart of hearts, I feel like I’m already there.

Anyway, when Cassie of Gravel Road tees got in contact with me and I saw her AMAZING line of t-shirts, I immediately feel head-over-boots in love. This North Cackalacky tee, in particular, stole my heart. I get emails a lot from readers asking how to dress up a “plain ol’ t-shirt” and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show how I dressed this particular one up and share three “rules” for dressing up a t-shirt!

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Now, remember, it’s fashion… not rocket science. So, these “rules” are more “guidelines” – they are not hard and fast rules… so keep that in mind.

Rule # 1: Give yourself some shape

A t-shirt does exactly what it sounds like… it gives you the shape of a “T” – which, unless you’re a dude, is not flattering. So, you need to give yourself some shape. Wide leg or relaxed jeans keep the boxy look of a t-shirt looking, well, boxy… so avoid that. Skinny jeans, a pencil skirt, or even structured shorts are a great way to keep your girlish figure in tact since the top half of your body is looser.

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2. Add in a statement piece

Whether it’s a fun statement necklace or a statement bag (I decided to go with both) it helps to really add a pop of fun and girly-ness to the outfit which detracts from the plainness of the t-shirt.

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3. Look for a t-shirt with a fun detail, graphic print, or even a “slub knit” shape

I love this t-shirt in particular because of the fun, curvy font that the North Cackalacky is in, plus it’s more of a “slub knit” shape, rather than a traditional t-shirt shape. All of those things combine make it much more girly and a little dressier than a plain ol’ t-shirt.Gravel Road Tees: North Cackalacky T-Shirt | Dressing Up a Printed T-Shirt (6) Gravel Road Tees: North Cackalacky T-Shirt | Dressing Up a Printed T-Shirt (7)

What about you? How do you like to dress up a t-shirt? Check in on my Instagram account later today because I’m going to be doing a giveaway with Gravel Road tees! 🙂
730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media! The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations…..check out the September lineup!

september inspirations

Last week, we talked about transitions to fall……and we are DEFINITELY ready for cooler weather!

fall favs/ Plumalicious / Modern 20s / Jeans for Fall /

Another place we will be showcasing our favorites? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!     let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly




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