5 Fresh Ways To Style A Plain, White Tee

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The plain, white T-shirt is literally the one item we’ve worn to the office, at brunch, out dancing, and to bed. It’s the perfect tabula rasa — the blank slate of fashion — on which to build, layer, and accessorize to your heart’s content. 

Not convinced? Starting with the basic tee, we’ve concocted five very different outfits that are so good, you’ll never buy a fancy, uncomfortable top again.


The Downtown — Your most basic closet essential plays well with your most statement-making. We love combining a leather vest, neon jewelry, and a seriously picturesque skirt into an ensemble perfect for your night out. Pair it all with thick-heeled, peep-toe booties and you’re set for when that gallery opening turns into an all-night dance party. 

Mural Faux Leather Vest, $78, available at Nordstrom;Nasty Gal Winslet Ankle Boot, $98, available at Nasty GalEverlane The Women’s V, $15, available at EverlaneTopshop Patchwork Paint Skirt, $80, available at TopshopShourouk Pixie Necklace, $938, available at Charm & Chain.


The White Party — Bring it on, Diddy! We’re sticking to the white-on-white outfit rules but blending all kinds of small (but powerful) add-ons for the ultimate getup that ensures us an invite to next year’s bash, too. 

nOir Chindarkar Thick Cord and Crystal Hoop Earrings, $275, available at nOirZara Neon Miniaudiere, $35.90, available at ZaraSergio Rossi Flashy Sandal, $1,602.51, available at FarfetchTibi Sigrid Lace Skirt, $625, available at TibiEverlane The Women’s V, $15, available at EverlaneEssie Saturday Disco Fever, $8, available at Beauty.com.


The Weekender — Effortless white tees weremade for Saturdays and Sundays. And mixed with your favorite boyfriend jeans, a few practical and comfy accessories, and a standout jacket to throw over your shoulders, you’re totally prepared for whatever adventure this lazy day may bring. 

By Malene Birger Salisca Blazer, $565, available at Net-A-PorterASOS Leather Backpack with Tab Detail, $93.34, available at ASOSAE Boy Jean, $49.95, available at AEEverlane The Women’s V, $15, available at EverlaneOld Navy Crochet Sun Hat, $16.94, available at Old NavyReport Silverton, $80, available at Piperlime.


The Office — By now, you’re already well aware that your white T-shirt is the hardest working item in your closet, so why not impress (or become) the boss, too. The touches of gold are classic and add just the right amount of shine, while a pair of gingham pants are summery but still office-appropriate. Of course, an amazing carryall is the (pink) cherry on top of this sartorial sundae.

Everlane The Women’s V, $15, available at EverlaneMiu Miu Tote, $1,395, available at Miu MiuUniqlo Women DIP Ankle Length Pants, $9.90, available at UniqloJoie Linen Blazer, $248, available at IntermixChan Luu Tassel Coin Necklace, $43, available at OTTEJ.CrewEverly Mirror Metallic Pumps, $255, available at J.Crew.


The Beach Bum — We’ll be frank: When we’re at the beach, our sights are set on the ocean and that best seller we haven’t yet made creases in. This easy-to-pull-together look makes sure we’re equipped with the perfect oversized tote, ready to take some safe sunshine, and still look cute when we hit the boardwalk for an afternoon stroll. 

Suntegrity “5 in 1” Tinted Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen (BB Cream), $45, available at Beauty Sage;Everlane The Women’s V, $15, available at Everlane;Thom Dolan Liberty Print Lulu Shorts, $184, available at MadewellRebecca Minkoff Union, $220, available at Rebecca MinkoffMango Touch Two Tone Straw Tote Bag, $79.99, available at MangoEcote Cutout Huarache Sandal, $39, available at Urban Outfitters.

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