6 Ways to Style a Basic White T-Shirt

No matter what your style may be, few closets are complete without a few must-have essentials – think jeans, sneakers, and white button downs – which are staples primarily thanks to their versatility. And when it comes to basics that can be styled in an almost endless number of ways, there’s no piece we’re as crazy about as the basic white t-shirt. Sure, it’s the perfect piece to throw on when you’ve slept in on Saturday and have five minutes to get ready before you’re late for a lunch date, but the essential is so much more than a last-minute lifesaver. Here, we show you six of our favorite ways to wear your white tee that are all worthy of some major style points.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. Vanessa Mooney x Revolve Tassel Earrings, $40 | 3. Mango Straw Clutch, $30 | 4. Zara Floral Print Trouser, $50 | 5. Stuart Weitzman The Supersonic Flat, $239

A plain white t-shirt is like a blank canvas, which means that you’ve got plenty of room to get extra colorful with your ensemble. Pair the tee with bottoms and accessories that are packed with bright hues and fun patterns, like a pair of colorful floral culottes and bright red flats, for a look that’s especially fun.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. AHLEM Tortoise Sunglasses, $395 | 3. Everlane The Petra Backpack, $330 | 4. Acne Studios Boyfriend Jean, $126 | 5. Vince Georgie Leather Pool Slide Sandal, $195

Of course, you can also play on the neutral, monochromatic vibes of a basic tee by pairing the top with matching white denim and white sandals. To round out the summer look, go for a bag and sunglasses that change up the color scheme a bit without straying too far from the toned down look.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. Dolce & Gabbana Hydrangea-Print Silk Scarf, $160 | 3. Mango Leather Clutch, $100 | 4. Totême Original Cropped Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Jean, $168 | 5. Zara Bejewelled Satin Slide, $70

A white t-shirt and a nice pair of jeans are a match made in heaven. And while you’re first instinct might be to go for a totally casual feel with the pairing, you can dress up the duo a bit with a chic neck scarf that elevates the look, as well as a sleek pair of sandals and a simple but classy clutch.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. Rebecca Minkoff Ear Climber, $38 | 3. ALDO Bascemi Clutch, $55 | 4. Veronica Beard Madison Flared Midi Skirt, $188 | 5. Miu Miu Navy Suede Grommet & Ribbon Heel, $504

With the right combination of pieces, a white t-shirt can easily go from casual, lazy Sunday staple to night out essential. Our favorite combination? A midi skirt with a mix of rich, deep colors (perfect for the evening) and a pair of block heels. As for accessories, go for simple pieces with a hint of glitz, like a sparkling silver clutch and jeweled ear crawlers.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. Mango Fruit Earring, $20 | 3. Topshop Stella Soft Bucket Bag, $52 | 4. M.I.H Jeans Jeanne Cropped Distressed Straight-Leg Jean, $295 | 5. Greats The Royale Sneaker, $159

When it comes to a tee-and-jean combo that does stay true to the traditionally casual vibes of the pairing, there’s no better way to top off the look than with a pair of simple, sleek white sneakers. For a little bit of a pop, go for a colorful bucket bag and some statement earrings that won’t feel too loud when paired with the otherwise minimal ensemble.

1. H&M Jersey T-Shirt, $13 | 2. Gorjana Taner Bar Choker Necklace, $50 | 3. Ted Baker Oriental Blossom Leather Crossbody, $139 | 4. Mango Striped Pinafore Dress, $50 | 5. Zara Flat Leather Sandal, $50

Even in the summer, layering is always one way to make your closet’s most popular basics feel a little more, well, not-so-basic. For a sweet summer look, top off your tee with a flowy dress, like this pinafore pick, and a pair of sandals. As for accessories, opt for delicate picks, like a small gold choker and a gold-chained floral clutch.


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