T-shirts are a must in anyone’s closet. They’re a great option if you’re looking for a low-key vibe, but you can also dress ’em up, too! Also, have I mentioned just how comfortable they are? There’s no need to deal with buttons or hook-and-eye closures either since you just throw them on right over your head. Easy! But not so easy? Figuring out what to wear yours with besides a good ol’ pair of denim jeans. If you need some more styling inspiration, take a cue from these celebs and influencers who proved just how versatile regular tees can be.
With a Tracksuit
Model Paloma Essler gives her athleisure ‘fit a glam twist with the help of a quilted clutch and matching high heels. Style it with scoop neck white tee to emphasized her necklace and finish it off with hard-to-miss earrings.
With a Blazer and Cutoffs
A T-shirt with the shorts might read too casual depending on where you’re headed, but adding a blazer and two-toned heels definitely elevates the whole ensemble, like Rihanna did here.
With a Matching Set
If you’re all about match-y pieces, pairing a graphic tee with a coordinating blazer and short set à la Bella Hadid is definitely up your alley; plus, it’ll take you, like, five minutes to pick it out and put it on. Accessorize with chunky white sneaks, and then throw on a bold crossbody and sunnies on your way out the door.
With a Pleated Skirt and Mules
Another cute way to dress up a simple tee? Wear it with a metallic pleated midi, mules, and statement silver jewelry like Laura Harrier, and you’ll literally glow.
With Cool Outerwear and Heels
Candice Huffine looks edgy yet insanely chic in this ensemble. A striking leopard-print jacket and patent leather pumps are sophisticated, while the black slouchy tee and skinny jeans make it not overly fancy. Genius.
With a Bustier
If you want to go for more ~drama~, how’s this for ya?! Camila Coehlo wears her white tee with a lace bustier, straight-leg jeans, hot pink heels, and an evening bag that makes this look anything but boring. The pop of color really emphasizes your footwear, while the bustier gives the shirt extra interest.
With a Bold Suit
Keep all the attention on your colorful suit by wearing a simple white tee underneath, like Aimee Song here. Want to make it even more trendy? A pair of thick-soled sneakers will do the trick (although, you’d look just as good wearing some kitten heels with this look, too).
As a Dress
Take some advice from Hailey Bieber and give a T-shirt dress a try with fishnet tights and combat boots. Like, damn does she look cool, right? Pro tip: You can purchase a tee in a larger size (or even a men’s size) to make the hemline longer or opt for one that’s specifically designed to be a dress.
A pair of polka-dot overalls adds plenty of fun to a basic black t-shirt. Also, you’ll strike the perfect balance of playful and stylish if you accessorize with sporty kicks, a sleek crossbody, delicate jewelry, and trendy oval sunglasses—i.e. you won’t look like a 5-year-old during recess.
With a Fitted Skirt and Booties
If you simply knot your graphic tee in the middle, like Ashley Graham here, it transforms your whole vibe. When worn with a form-fitting skirt with a slit, white-hot boots, a belt bag, and cat-eye sunnies, you’ll have a totally sexy, retro ensemble goin’ on.
With Distressed Jeans and a Top Handle Bag
If there’s anything we learned from Queer Eye‘s Tan France, it’s the art of the “French Tuck,” demonstrated by Emma Roberts. Especially if your tee is slightly oversized, this simple trick makes it look more polished. Wear it with distressed jeans, high-tops, and a gold-accented top handle, and you’ll look put together whether you’re going on errands for the day or heading out for a night with your friends.
With a Leopard Skirt and Belt Bag
You’ve seen midi leopard skirts EVERYWHERE, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Trust me. Since the pattern features neutral hues, you can wear it with any T-shirt, no matter the color. Go all out with a belt bag and striped shoes and you’ll definitely have an eye-catching lewk.
With Skinnies and Sunglasses
Here, Selena Gomez goes with the classic jeans and white tee ensemble, but green-tinted sunnies and subtly metallic sneakers keep it from feeling snoozy. Opt for step-hem jeans (i.e. when the hems aren’t even) for skinny jeans that have just a *little* something extra.