The majority of women keep at least five basic t-shirts stashed away in the back of their closet. Unfortunately, fashionistas often criticize t-shirts as being boring or sloppy.
Yes, basic t-shirts are simple pieces that can be worn at the gym, at home, or as pajamas. They may not turn heads on the street, but they have a low-key vibe that is waiting to be embraced with the perfect accessories and clothing.
Do you want to know how? Keep reading for styling ideas, and you’ll discover how versatile those “plain” t-shirts can be.
How to Style a Regular T-shirt
Basic t-shirts don’t draw much attention on their own, but with the right style ideas, they can become everything you need. There are several ways to turn an average t-shirt into an essential element of a classy, stylish outfit, and here are five of them:
1. Wear It With a Blazer
Blazers are wardrobe essentials that are more adaptable than almost any other piece of apparel. They look fantastic with more formal attire like buttoned-up shirts, but they also look great with casual pieces of clothing.
When it comes to creating a casual, yet put-together appearance, the blazer and t-shirt style is one of the traditional favorites. When the comfort of a t-shirt meets the dressier look of a blazer, the outcome is pure fashion brilliance.
Here are some aspects to consider when wearing a t-shirt and blazer combo:
- The pattern and fit
Buy the t-shirt and blazer in a slim fit to emphasize your body structure. It is preferable to stick to standard crew-neck tees with simple designs and no logos.
- The colors
We advise you not to go for very bright colors. You can keep the color of the t-shirt or blazer bright, but not both at the same time. Combining two vivid colors takes away from the simple, classy image you are trying to achieve.
- The length
The length of your blazer is also important in determining its style. If it is too long, you’ll look like a child trying on her mother’s blazer, while one that is too short will make you look like you have outgrown your old clothing.
So, yes, you can totally rock your favorite solid-colored tee with a blazer. All you have to do is pay attention to the length, pattern, and color. You can also add a few eye-catching accessories, like a classy bag, a floppy hat, or a pair of stylish glasses.
2. Accessorize With Fashionable Jewelry
Statement jewelry can enhance the overall look of your simple t-shirt outfit. One of the most common issues with basic t-shirts is that they seem too plain to wear somewhere other than the grocery store. Sometimes, all it takes a fashionable necklace to transform a simple tee into something suitable for a coffee shop date or lunch with friends.
Just remember to consider your neckline when selecting statement jewelry to pair with your classic t-shirt. Layer a long chunky pendant necklace over a low V-neck, or try a shorter, floral statement necklace that sits over the neckline of your scoop-necked shirt.
3. Combine it With a Matching Set
You have a cool patriotic t-shirt or a crop top, but you don’t know what to combine it with?
If you’re all about matching pieces, pairing a patriotic crop top with a complementing blazer and a skirt, pants, or shorts is definitely a significant fashion trend.
Matching outfits is more than just a fashion statement. You’ll feel fabulous and classy wearing an ensemble that expertly combines diverse components.
Two-piece matching sets have been a popular trend in recent years. From prints to basic neutral tones, the convenience of a pre-coordinated design is unrivaled. Having a matching set in your wardrobe takes care of half of the effort when you don’t feel like going out because you don’t have the energy or creativity to put together a whole outfit. All you need is a basic tee, and you’re set to take on the day.
4. Wear it With a Long Pleated Skirt
Another adorable way to style a basic t-shirt? Wear it with a long pleated skirt, and you’ll look stunning!
For a casual, yet classy look, pair a white tee with a pleated skirt. White t-shirts are a must-have, since they go with everything. You can’t go wrong with this tee and pleated skirt combination.
And, because white is neutral, you can choose a pleated skirt in any color.
5. Wear it With Simple Jeans, High Heels, and a Leather Jacket
Last but not least, there’s the classic jacket-jeans-t-shirt combination. It’s the most simple look you can think of, but it’s a style mainstay in any woman’s closet. Blue jeans and a white t-shirt may be considered off-duty attire, but for a more classy look, combine it with high heels, a leather jacket, and a stylish bag, and you have something that’s classic, and even elegant. Because, let’s admit it: a lady in heels, regardless of her outfit, appears 10 times more attractive, mature, and sexier.
A simple t-shirt allows you to be both comfy and fashionable. And, don’t worry that a t-shirt is boring. A plain tee can appear anything but basic with the right balance of accessories. Experiment a little, and you’ll find with that your “basic” tees can be part of a variety of stylish outfits.
Terry Tateossian, Founding Partner of Socialfix Media is a fourth-generation entrepreneur who is recognized as an Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Forbes’ Top Women in Business, Fastest Growing Women Presidents by WPO, and 40 Under 40 Business Leaders by NJBIZ. Terry has been featured for outstanding leadership and career accomplishments in numerous industry publications as an engineer, a thought-leader in technology, and an innovator in the field of marketing. But her favorite and toughest earned title is being “Mom” to her two children.