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Style Notes: Feelin’ Flighty


This shirt grabbed my attention: the colors, the birds, the “this looks like it should be worn by a 60-year-old man on a Hawaiian beach” feel. I thought the shirt was ugly….and by itself, I still think it is (cue Shug Avery’s line to Celie in the Color Purple: “You sho is ugly!”). With a little imagination and styling, however, you can make [almost] anything cute (after all, Celie did grow into her own beauty).

To give it a little flare, I rolled the sleeves and pinned them. Then I button the shirt halfway and tied the bottom. I love this shirt paired with a black high waist skirt, yellow flats, a thrifted watch, and bracelets made by a friend’s mom.  Kinda feelin’ the birds even more today. Gives the outfit a whimsical feel…perfect for a mild fall day!

Sidenote: I’m thinking about making a bandeau top out of this shirt…hmmm…stay tuned!

How do you style “ugly” items? 

Author: A. Reese

UMBC Assistant Professor. Black Feminist. Food justice advocate and researcher. Lover of color, ruffles, stripes, and pockets. Your kids' flyest professor.

3 thoughts on “Style Notes: Feelin’ Flighty

  1. yaaay..i’m coming to get the watch. Now if the shoes are a size 8 or 8.5, i’ll take those too.


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