15 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Outfit

15 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Outfit

Look Chic While You Stay True to Your T-Shirt & Jeans Comfort Zone
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We all have those days when all we can be bothered to put on is a pair of jeans/leggings/shorts and a t-shirt. So here are some ways to look like you're just a tiny bit more put together, while still wearing a t-shirt and leggings.

1. Tie your shirt

This can give you a bit more shape than you would just wearing a baggy t-shirt, or it can add some visual interest. And, if worn a certain way, it can add some sexiness (think crop top level sexiness).

2. Tuck in (or half tuck) your shirt

Again, this can give you a bit more shape and can help to elongate your legs.

3. Cuff your jeans (or leggings)

I'm already cuffing my jeans/pants all the time due to lack of height and long legs, however I also think it adds some interest to your look, and can add an accent to your cool shoes or socks.

4. Wear hoops/earrings

There's something that just says, "wow, they have their s#!& together" about a good pair of hoops. ... or is that just me?

5. Add a statement necklace/bracelet

Visual interest, people, I'm telling you. And it looks like you had time in the morning to think about your accessories and which ones would go with your outfit, even if you literally only own the one statement piece that just happens to be neutral enough to go with everything. You look so much more put together with accessories in general.

6. Put on a scarf

This is not only sensible if you live somewhere that gets a bit chilly, but also they make so many cute scarves nowadays. It's super easy to just wrap one around your neck before you run out the door.

7. Wear a bralette

Bralette are such a cool way to not only be comfy (no underwire, hello) but also look a little bit more dainty, sexy, and, again, put together. That tiny bit of strappy fabric or lacy edge can take a boring old t-shirt and make it trendy.

8. Swipe on a coat of lipstick

lipstickLipstick can take an everyday makeup look of concealer and mascara to a whole new level. Whether it's a basic nude or a fiery red, lipstick makes you look like you're in charge of your mornings. (Meaning you had enough time to put on that extra product that most people tend to ignore)

9. Slip your feet into some fun socks

Fun socks are a whimsical way to show off your personal style without straying too far out of the t-shirt and jeans comfort zone. You'd be surprised how many compliments you will get on a pair of socks (especially if you cuff your jeans enough to let people see them).

10. Put on a belt

Belts are a thing that make you look like you're an adult who knows that not all pants are going to fit properly. But also, if you're tying your shirt or tucking it in, people will get to see it and be like, "Ooh, I see your tiny sliver of vegan leather holding up your pants, girl. Work it!" (No one would ever actually say this, but we can pretend)

11. Wear a hat

Baseball hats, beanies, bowler hats, fedoras, top hats. What a cute way to say you're having a bad hair day, your ears are cold, or that you have a funky sense of style. Or all three.

12. Slip on some shades

Not even to wear them, necessarily. Just pop some sunnies on your head, holding back your hair, and you automatically look chic and glam. Or, if it's reasonably sunny out, wear them as they're intended. Either way, you look a lot cooler wearing sunglasses. It's a fact.

13. Layer up

Put on a jean jacket over your t-shirt, or wear a button down underneath. Now you're a little bit warmer, and you have more style points. Win win.

14. Roll your sleeves

Roll up those long sleeves to show off your statement bracelets, am I right? (Show off your forearms, too) Or to add a bit of a rocker-vibe on your short sleeves.

15. Rock all the bandanas

Bandanas are so versatile. They can be worn as bracelets, scarves, headbands, and face masks (like when you're in a dusty place and you don't want to breathe in the dust, you wrap it around your face). They can be a perfect pop of color while also making you look cowboy or rocker stylish (depending on how you wear it).

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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Why being vulnerable is so scary.

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Being vulnerable is something that has never come easily to me. Being able to openly discuss what's on my mind has been a constant struggle throughout the many relationships and friendships I have had. "Why are you mad?" was once the most frightening questions someone could have asked me.

Vulnerability is a scary concept that I think about nearly every day in many social interactions.

But why do I feel this overwhelming difficulty of telling people how I truly feel? Is it because of how I was raised? Is it because of a life experience Is it just because I hate confrontation?

If we are being real, it's probably a combination of multiple things, but here I am attempting to let myself and the stories I have been brought to attention.

It's no fault to my parents, but more so to society, that I wasn't comfortable talking about what was going on inside my mind. In a world where women were, and still are, consistently silenced, being speaking my mind never seemed like the smart thing to do.

I used to, and honestly sometimes still do, think it's tacky to put exactly how you are feeling out into the world for everyone to see, read, comment and ask questions about. I used to delete "friends" (those people you add on Facebook but aren't really your friends in real life) off of the social network who opened up too much on their statuses or Tweets because they annoyed me and made me think too much about my own life.

I would rather no one know the personal details of my life. I would rather idealize my life to everyone around me and deal with my issues on my own time. But that's not the way the world functions and being vulnerable is a crucial point to living a less stressful life.

My hopes with my new endeavor of being a writer for Odyssey is that this platform allows me to work on my vulnerabilities and allow people to get to know the real me, and I challenge everyone who reads this article to do the same.

Have a conversation with yourself and those closest around you about something you haven't previously been open about. Journal about it. Write a song. Blog about it. Yell it out your freaking window. Feel the freedom and beauty that comes along with being that vulnerable.

This adventure will squeeze my brain until the vulnerability is oozing out and I'm annoying everyone with my feelings. My life's encounters may not interest everybody, but I feel as though it has value and life lessons within it that could help at least one person, even if that person is just me.

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