T-shirts aren’t just for laying around the house anymore. You dress them up with the right accessories for a cute-but-casual daytime look, or bling them out for a night on the town. A cute, comfortable tee can even be part of your office attire.
And that’s great, because there’s no top easier than a t-shirt. You don’t need to struggle with tiny fasteners or invent a special tool to zip up a t-shirt. And they’re comfortable, too! So let’s take a look at some of the different ways you can style a plain old t-shirt for home, work, and play.
Nothing can take your favorite graphic tee from the couch to the club like a midi skirt and heels. Most slim-fitting graphic tees for women look great tucked into a puffy, fluffy tulle skirt or pleated midi skirt, paired with your favorite wedges or mules. Dress up an oversized tee with a pencil skirt and heels, or really any structured skirt — the loose softness of the tee will contrast nicely with any structured garment cut in a stiff fabric. Add some statement earrings and a bold lip to complete the look.
Heading into the office? Graphic and solid-color tees alike look great layered under a bold suit with trousers and blazer. Want a classy look for brunch or the beach? Layer your tee under a short suit and pair it with a clutch and heels, or a shoulder-strap bag and sneakers.
A blazer can dress up a tee and a pair of jeans or cutoff shorts, or switch to a stylish outwear jacket for a chilly bar crawl. Feel free to pair the fanciest jacket you own with a t-shirt and jeans for an eye-catching look that isn’t too formal for drinks with friends or a trip to the mall. When else are you going to wear that fur coat you inherited from your great aunt? Or that bright pink statement blazer that you just had to have but that isn’t right for your staid, button-down corporate life? It’s time to let them shine! Heels and a clutch dress up the look a little bit more, while flats, boots or sneakers and a shoulder bag bring it back down to earth.
You don’t always have to wear a blouse to the office — most business casual environments will let you wear plain or patterned tees with slacks, skirts, and blazers or cardigans. A long cardigan with cute flats and patterned slacks looks great with a plain white or solid-colored tee. Swap the cardigan out for a blazer.
Choose t-shirt necklines and sleeve lengths that complement the look you’re trying to achieve. V-necks and scoop necks are perfect for showing off a necklace. Long sleeves might keep you a little warmer in the frigid office air conditioning, and a boat neck paired with long sleeves could look formal enough to let you skip the cardigan or blazer altogether. Or, choose solid-color skinny pants and a solid tee under a statement wrap coat.
Many women can wear an oversized, men’s graphic tee as a dress. Pair it with fishnets and combat boots, and you’re ready for the punk show. Dress it up with loafers, leggings, and a nice patterned silk scarf. With a striking silk scarf, the right pair of loafers or flats, and some statement earrings, you can even dress up a plain t-shirt dress enough for a day at the office.
A plain white t-shirt, or even a graphic tee, can look stellar layered under a spaghetti strap dress. Wear a white or solid color babydoll cut tee under a spaghetti strap dress in the office, and a graphic tee under your fanciest spaghetti strap ball gown for a day of cultural events. Throw a structured blazer, full-length coat, or denim jacket on top.
Are you having a love affair with your favorite tee? Wear it more often with some of these looks. You’ll be surprised at just how versatile the simple t-shirt really is!