Read on to discover 5 ways to elevate your T-shirt game.
HOW TO WEAR A PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT
The classic white T-shirt has a long history of making people look good without a lot of effort. Follow the standard (and no-fail) uniform by taking this hard-working staple from undershirt to hero piece. Start by pairing it with jeans in a lighter wash. It can get tricky when you throw a jean jacket into the mix, but you got this. We’re breaking all of the rules anyway, so find a similar wash to your jeans and add understated shoes or boots. In the end, the simplicity of the white T-shirt will carry through, so you can wear this look everywhere.
HOW TO WEAR A PERFORMANCE T-SHIRT
Just because you’re at the gym doesn’t mean you can’t look your best. Functional workout gear has evolved to the point of being worn after hours and on weekends. With outdoorsy brands taking it up a notch with their designs, you can find a T-shirt that evokes your personality, fits well and easily goes from the weight room to the juice bar. Pair it with neutral techy shorts or pants (the more performance attributes, the better) and a slick pair of sneakers.
HOW TO WEAR A STRIPED T-SHIRT
Another classic, the striped T-shirt adds that quick hit of personality to an otherwise plain basic. Use its easy-to-match wearability as an opportunity to try new things. If your office dress code is chill, take it upon yourself to throw a blazer over your stripes. Keep your outer layer solid since you have a pattern going already, and complete your look with black jeans and minimal sneakers. This look says you’re laid back, but know how to flex your style moves. It also says date night—so looks like you’ve got your Friday covered.
HOW TO WEAR A HENLEY T-SHIRT
The henley is one of those basics that feels more polished than a regular T-shirt. It’s the subtle differences here that count: the button placket, curved hem and occasional raglan sleeves take it into the next tier. The greatest thing about it is how comfortable it is. Anyway you dress it up or down will work, since it is, after all, a T-shirt. Once you nail the fit—you’re going to want this to be closer to your body than your hang-around-the-house T-shirt—incorporate it into that perfect mix of casual/dressy. A chambray shirt walks that line perfectly and is a great lightweight layer, while suit pants class up your look. Finish it off with a pair of crisp white sneakers for a bit of street-style inspo.
HOW TO WEAR A GRAPHIC T-SHIRT
You’re into the outdoors, so why not tell everyone about it—silently? By showcasing causes you stand behind such as the Parks Project (started by TOMS alumni), you’re bringing attention to a good cause while adding comfort to your everyday rotation. You don’t have to be dressed head-to-toe in earth-friendly pieces, but a Save the Duck puffer jacket just happens to also check off a few things you can get behind. It keeps you warm on your excursions, it’s packable and helps save the lives of ducks. That’s a winning trifecta right there. Add your favorite utility shorts and a pair of comfortable sneakers and get trekking.
You already knew the T-shirt was a mainstay for a reason, but after seeing these five different styles transformed into occasion-ready looks, aren’t you ready to ask your Stylist for a few in your next Fix?