Fact: There's nothing like a basic, white T-shirt. But, finding that perfect, not-too-slouchy fit is only half the battle. Ahead, check out three, super-chic ways to style your favorite boxy tee that look like the opposite of a lazy-day cop out.
The Day Date
Nothing says carefree like a plain white T-Shirt and jeans. But, don't want to look sloppy on your Saturday afternoon day date? Here's the trick: Wear a fitted jumper over the tee to give yourself a little more shape, a pair of not-too-slouchy boyfriend jeans, and pastel heels (not too high!) to keep things feeling flirty.
SkarGorn #61 Tee, $60, available at Madewell; Angela & Roi Everyday Long Tote & Shopper, $125, avialable at Bluefly;
Acne LA Blue Paisley Sunglasses, $340, available at Acne Studios;
Antipodium Bear Hug Sleeveless Pom Pom Jumper, $171.88, available at Antipodium; Adriano Goldschmied Destroy Wash Skinny Ankle Length Stilt, $235, available at Calypso; Zara High Heel Court Shoe With Bow, $99.90, available at Zara.
The Museum Date
Museum dressing is harder than one would think, but the trick is keeping it comfortable without compromising the chic-factor. To accomplish this, we recommend pairing a boxy white tee with a sleek black skirt and tossing a monochrome anorak over for a little bit of structure. And, as for the ruby red sunglasses? Well, those just add a pop-art touch. Lastly, without a doubt, definitely skip the heels — unless you want to be the girl sitting stranded on the bench by the elevators.
Illesteva Leonard 2 Sunglasses, $280, available at Opening Ceremony; Ax+Apple Devel Necklace, $74, available at Ax+Apple; SkarGorn #61 Tee, $60, available at Madewell; Carven Cotton-Twill Mini Skirt, $450, available at Net-A-Porter; Tara Jarmon Anorak Rain Coat, $425, available at Otte NY; Topshop Tartan Sneakers, $35, available at Topshop
The Drinks Date
Okay, so just because it's nighttime doesn't mean you have to kick that T-Shirt to the curb. Taking a nod from Kate Moss '90s Calvin Klein ads, wear your tee with a pair of perfectly untailored slacks, a badass black jacket, and your favorite pair of flat ankle boots. Skip the mascara and opt for a berry lip tint instead. Trust, the understated-sexy look kills it every time.
Mango Leather Biker Jacket, $200, available at John Lewis; SkarGorn #61 Tee, $60, available at Madewell; Tibi City Stretch Pant, $298, available at Tibi; Steven Alan Circle Mesh Bag, $225, available at Steven Alan; Officine Creative Strap Detail Chelsea Boot, $465, available at Farfetch.
The Walk In The Park Date
Headed on a leisurely stroll with your S.O.? Think beyond a T-shirt and jeans in favor of an ensemble that’s bit more put together — just in case you duck into that little bistro mid-walk. We’d suggest a some very right-now denim culottes, paired with a printed moto jacket and casual, yet eye-popping accessories like mirrored sunnies, a purple crossbody, and white wedges. Calypso St. Barth
Block Printed Leather Moto Jacket, $1,150, available at Calypso St. Barth
Crossbody Handbag, $19.99, available at Target
#61 Tee, $60, available at Madewell
; 80’s Purple
Elton Medium Round Vintage Sunglasses, $12, available at 80’s Purple
; See By Chloé
Denim Culottes, $310, available at Net-A-Porter
Leather Block Wedge With Buckle, $99.90, available at Zara
The Fancy Date
Believe it or not, you can
wear a boxy T-shirt when you’re off to a fancy restaurant — as long as it’s styled correctly. Start by layering it under a strapless dress to keep your look cool, yet refined and go glam on the rest of your accessories with a statement-making pink clutch and fierce leopard pumps. Rue Gembon
Marcel Earrings, $45, available at Rue Gembon
Safety-Pin Clutch, $311.98, available at Farfetch
Strapless Shiny Dress, $39.99, available at Mango
#61 Tee, $60, available at Madewell
; Gianvito Rossi
Leopard Printed Pumps, $800, available at LUISAVIAROMA