In a world where casual wear is taking the style spotlight, it’s possible to pull off this comfortable closet staple for any occasion—even in the workplace. I would advise you to tread carefully when starting a new job. Check out the office environment and your coworkers’ style during your first week to get a read on the dress code. If you see laid-back style abound, feel free to wear your tee.
Not sure how to wear a T-shirt to without looking like you’re headed to the gym? Here are a few tips to remember:
Skip The Old Band T-Shirt
While vintage band tees can be stylish—I’m talking about that old, tattered tee you’ve been wearing since you first discovered Nirvana—make sure any shirt you wear to work is free of holes, stains and fading.
Start With Solid Colors
Pair solid-colored tees with dark denim or khakis. This is an incredibly classic look that’s hard to do wrong. Crewnecks look especially smart with khakis, too.
Carefully Coordinate Colors Schemes
(Say that three times fast!) If the dominating color of a tee is dark, pair with a lighter bottom. And vice versa. Pair navy blue tees with khakis. Lighter pants with a darker shirt generally look better than blue-on-blue.
Layer With Care
If you’re going to put a tee under a sport coat, the jacket needs to be an especially casual one—think texture, soft draping and natural fabric. Even then, it’s going to be a better look if you swap the tee for a casual button-down. On the other hand, a tee can look fantastic underneath a leather jacket, or even a cardigan sweater.
Don’t Tuck It
Whatever you do, don’t tuck your T-shirt in. It’ll put off the kind of geeky vibe you don’t want in the workplace.