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As clothing seems to be getting more ironic every season, it is necessary to approach the topic of what is “cool” and what isn’t. All of us have fallen in love with this newfound trend where we act like we’re so indestructible because our clothes say slang terms. I must admit, when done right, it can be humorous and, if styled well, can be pulled off. But this is only sometimes.

Before we begin my selection of DOs & DON’Ts, I have compiled three simple questions to ask yourself before buying clothing with words on them.


  1. Would you be embarrassed if your parents saw you?
  2. Would you be embarrassed if you said it out loud?
  3. Would you be embarrassed if someone else said it out loud?

Problem #1 – The Tee : http://www.dpcted.com


When I see this I cringe. There is literally nothing more embarrassing then seeing someone wearing this shirt, or one of their others such as, “Big Boobed & Awesome, Bald Chubby & Awesome,” or one of the most frequently used, AND HORRIBLE, “Talk Nerdy To Me.” This website is filled with even more tacky screen tees than I can even bare to speak of. Do us all a favor and don’t. Just don’t.

Solution : Feather Hearts


Now this is a much better t-shirt. Not only can you be cool cause this shirt has a more subtle phrase, but the font doesn’t look so, “I just made this on my computer.” Wear it alone or with a black blazer and a funky necklace!

Problem #2 – The Crop : http://www.unifclothing.com


I guess my first question is: Are you a f***ing cheerleader on the daily? WHO would wear this?! An even better question is, who would spend $92 on this? A word of advice; just because the model looks “cute” in it, doesn’t mean you will. She gets paid to wear it, and you don’t. Also, this falls under rule #1.

Solution : Fresh Tops


I realize that the word “swag” is completely overused, but SWAGGY is just so funny and all I can picture is Justin Bieber singing “Boyfriend” in your headphones while you beep bop your way through town. The font used on this is casual and appropriate, finally! And if you ever had to speak this shirt out loud you’d probably just giggle. Simply wear this with printed denim and chunky stacked bracelets for a real cool ensemble.

Problem #3 – The Tank: Evil Twin


At first glance I wasn’t really sure if this was bad enough to be put as a reference. But honestly, why would a shirt say this? Are you calling yourself a scum bag? Someone else? And the not-so-clever drippy font just makes this shirt seem so last minute. I’d imagine that whoever designed this wrongfully felt like they had done a great job. To “top” it off, this tank cost $65 and definitely goes against all 3 rules.

Solution : LUNCCHB0XX clothing


Drippy done right. This is so clever I can’t even stand it. If I made this shirt I would call it “America’s Next Top Tank.” All of these tanks are handmade one-of-a-kinds from this cute Etsy shop, so get it now before she gets famous and the prices go up! Wear this with your summer cutoffs and knee-high gladiators – trust me.

Need help styling your word shirts? Email me! ragandboner@gmail.com

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

The fashion industry is not only a challenging one, but one that I constantly thrive off of. All of my goals since a very young age have been within the industry, and each time I set a goal for myself, it seems to get closer to a better “me.” If you are interested in this industry I am positive that you are (or should be) just as hungry for success and a lifetime happiness in having a fashion career. Phillip Lim is a prime example of an individual with goals who never gave up. This man took all the right steps to learn the industry and provide a brand for himself by focusing on his college career from the beginning while employed at Barney’s (everyone has to work retail), to eventually working his way up the ladder at Katayone Adeli. At age 31 (hense the name), Lim became the founder of a quirky clothing company and rose to Vogue in a shorter-than-average period of time. Phillip Lim is definitely an inspiration to fashion students like myself because it reminds us that all of our dedication will eventually be rewarded. 

Now that Phillip Lim is doing a line for Target, I will be able to afford to have his name in my closet. In stores September 15th, the items available will range from $20 – $200 but no hints have been given as to what the merchandise may be. I will certainly be letting you guys know what they are the moment that Target opens at 8 AM that Sunday morning.

In the meantime, shop the collection here. Well, put all of the items that you love in the shopping bag and then look at the price it adds up to and remember that you still haven’t graduated college.

Kind Dreams,