The 5 Hardest Working Red-Carpet T-Shirts

Our jeans are great — they go with everything. And, we don't know where we'd be without our everyday ankle boots. But, without hesitation, we can conclude that it's our T-shirts that are the hardest working pieces in our wardrobe. A tee is comfortable, soft, and, once you've found the right fit, instantly flattering. We'll even argue that one can work just as well when paired with blazers for work and cutoffs for the weekend as they do with stilettos for the red carpet. Need proof?
Look no further than the slew of young style stars who are pros at mixing high and low. With this set, we see clearly that the basic, cotton T-shirt has a place beside ball gowns, ripped-from-the-runway designer creations, and vertiginous heels that were made for walking red-carpet-length distances only.
And, sure, you might argue that tees can make an ensemble feel less special, but we beg to differ. After all, if you're the kind of person who lives in your fave slightly slouchy top every other day, what's more special than learning how to make it look fancy-schmancy on a whim? Ahead, see the five best short-sleeved examples and the tips for making a major (but easy) T-shirt transformation.
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Dree Hemingway's Michigan Wolverines top is the latest example of T-shirts that dominate the red carpet, as the model stepped out in this look at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. Take Hemingway's lead, and use your graphic tops to mix patterns. We love how the zebra print of her skirt and writing on her tee almost slightly complement each other in color, while the graphics and lines totally clash.
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Formal affairs are not usually the kind of occasions that spring up spontaneously. But, should that happen — or if you're hoping to use that gorgeous ball-gown skirt more than a handful of times a year — try this easy crop-top pairing, as seen on Kate Bosworth. A clean, crisp, white number over your best billowy hem can be seriously showstopping. Feel free to accessorize as much or as minimally as you like.
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Just because you have a special evening planned doesn't mean you need to wear a dress — or a suit, for that matter. In fact, this pairing of sleek, tailored trousers with a graphic tee, sported by Cara Delevingne, looks pretty killer. Make this party look shine by thoughtfully adding accessories, like a statement bag or a heel that complements your graphic T-shirt.
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Your choice in graphic tee can say a lot about you. Perhaps you're a vintage-Ramones-tee kind of gal or a high-fashion animal lover à la Kenzo or Givenchy. Or, maybe, like Agyness Deyn, you have a penchant for campy, cult-classic musicals with a catchy anthem. Whatever your thing, let that beautiful freak flag fly when it comes to your ensemble.
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Not feeling the strapless-dress tug-of-war? Take a cue from Emma Stone with a tucked-in tee that makes a cocktail frock a bit more casual. And, bonus: No strapless bras required!