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How to style a basic t-shirt

How to style a basic t-shirt


With summer just around the corner, it’s finally time to hang up the heavy winter coats and start dressing for the warmer weather. And when it comes to summer fashion, there’s one staple that should be in everyone’s wardrobe - that is, the basic cotton t-shirt. Comfy and easy to throw on, t-shirts are an ideal piece whether you wear them to work or when lounging around on weekends. Not to mention, they look great whether you dress it up with a skirt or go casual with a pair of well-fitting jeans. If not styled correctly, however, it’s easy to look like a slob when wearing the humble basic tee. Here are some styling tips to make sure you get the balance right:

Pay attention to fit.

The fit of your t-shirt is a key factor when it comes to ensuring your outfit looks put-together, and not like an afterthought. While finding the perfect fit may be a challenge, it’s totally worth the investment. After all, the perfect basic t-shirt is guaranteed to become a staple in your everyday wardrobe. A well-fitting tee will drape the body without being skin-tight, and the shoulder seams should not hang below the shoulders. Otherwise, anything too boxy is reminiscent of a free t-shirt from your local fun run. Of course, it's also possible to do the oversized t-shirt trend while looking stylish. To make sure the outfit looks intentional, consider tucking in half or all of the shirt to make it look a little more polished.

Accessorise with metallic accessories.

Since t-shirts can be quite plain, they are the perfect canvas when it comes to experimenting with jewellery and accessories. For example, a basic white t-shirt is the perfect backdrop for showing off a stack of layered gold necklaces. The result is a look that is polished and on-trend. And if you have a gorgeous coloured scarf or statement belt you want to show off? A t-shirt is the perfect clothing item to accessorise with. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Use it to dress down an outfit.

For an effortlessly chic look, you can also use basic t-shirts to tone down an otherwise dressy outfit. If you ever feel overdressed, throwing on a basic t-shirt is the perfect solution and will add a casual touch to any look. In this way, the styling possibilities are endless when it comes to a basic t-shirt. A classic blazer and t-shirt combination is perfect for when you want to be comfortable, but look smart at the same time. Also, a t-shirt paired with a gorgeous midi skirt can take an outfit from looking overly girly, to perfectly casual. Once you find what works for you, t-shirts are sure to become a staple in your everyday wardrobe.

Keep prints to a minimum.

It goes without saying, but t-shirts with little to no embellishments will probably get the most use in your daily wardrobe. A bold print t-shirt can be hard to style, and harder to get away with in a professional setting. Instead, opt for plain coloured t-shirts in a neutral shade, to make sure they go with any outfit. In fact, if you invest in a range of colours you’ll be prepared for any occasion.

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