A basic tee can be super glam – especially if you style it perfectly. Learn how to dress up a plain T-shirt in one of these stylish ways.

First, choose the right basic tee

Not all T-shirts are created equal and choosing the right one means you’ll be able to style it in so many ways. It needs to be versatile, flatter your figure, and fit perfectly.

Opt for a basic tee in a neutral hue (black, white and grey are winners) and one other eye-catching shade. Make sure it has a little bit of stretch in the fabric and sits at your hip. It shouldn’t be too baggy or too tight. A V-neck is the most flattering choice for most body types.

Read more: How to mix and match your work wardrobe like a super stylist

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Creating a smarter casual look

T-shirts and jeans are a winning combo. Smarten things up by adding a blazer with the sleeves rolled up. Then pull on a pair of heels and a fabulous tote bag and you’re good to go anywhere.

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I think this T-shirt about sums up my mom uniform- jeans jeans jeans. Anyone else out there feel that way?? Skinny jeans, stretchy jeans, ripped jeans. When I leave the comfort of my joggers and head out the door(in cool weather) it’s 90% likely that I’m in some form of jeans and a T-shirt. You? The January Capsule is still in play, loving the freedom of the mix and match. It is making me step up my uniform though and I like it. Getting more creative with what’s available. Making some notes on what pieces I would change and what could go in their place. I’ll share thoughts on that later. For now I’ve got links to the 33 pieces (or ones just like them if they’re old) in my capsule if ya want ‘em. I will note that I am an advocate of not buying anything full price. I’m a watch and wait and search for codes kinda gal. Everything in my capsule had some form of discount. Nothing is super fancy, #momlife but if you’re looking for a certain item or a whole capsule make a comment with your email below and I’ll send the list your way! Guess I need a blog now for this kind stuff huh??

Rocking a T-shirt at the office

Don a tee under a tailored jacket and complete the look with a pair of slacks or an office-appropriate skirt. Add a structured bag and a pair of heels and you’re ready for the boardroom.


Taking the tee to date night

A fitted T-shirt looks fabulous with a pencil skirt or a patterned A-line skirt. It flatters your curves fabulously and works perfectly for a night out. Complete the look with a pair of brightly coloured statement heels, a gorgeous neckpiece and a chic clutch bag.


Other tips to give your basic tee some oomph

  • Tuck in your tee for a smarter look or leave it out for a laid-back take on things.
  • Add a bold accessory – think statement jewellery or a scarf – for an instant elegant transformation.
  • Throw on a cover-up such as a cropped jacket, blazer, shrug or cardigan.
  • Add a belt to define your waist.

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