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5 fresh ways to wear a white T-shirt

There’s no denying the rush of dopamine that comes from purchasing a party dress, statement jewels or the bag of the season. But it’s often the more understated pieces in our closets that we come back to time and time again. Case in point: a great white tee. Find the perfect fit and you can wear it as often as your laundry regime will allow…

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Zoe Thaets (wearing white T-shirt tucked into black shorts), Pernille Teisbaek (wearing white T-shirt with oversized beige blazer), Kelsey Merritt (wearing white T-shirt with black leather jacket)

NINE TO FIVE

Whether you’re returning to the office full time, continue to work from home or have decided to embrace a more flexible approach, the pandemic is guaranteed to have a lasting impact on your nine-to-five look. At one time, a white tee might have been considered too casual to be appropriate for work. Now, though, styled correctly, it’s a fail-safe choice. Paired with a loose-cut linen suit and an heirloom watch, this wardrobe workhorse strikes the perfect balance between effortless and elegant. Whether you’re meeting clients, delivering an important presentation or dialing in from your kitchen table, you’re sure to feel polished and professional.

OFF-DUTY

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more timeless sartorial combo than blue jeans and a crisp white tee. So, whether you’re planning to spend the weekend gallery-hopping, lunching with friends or sat in your local park, keep it simple and opt for this classic look. The key to getting it right is finding the perfect pair of jeans – cue high-rise, straight-leg styles, which cinch the waist while elongating the legs and are universally flattering. To add some contemporary flair, pair with hi/low accessories, finishing your outfit with minimal sneakers and an investment bag.

LAYER IT

Any stylist worth their salt will tell you that the most successful outfits are a deft combination of contrasting elements. A white tee is the minimal piece par excellence, making it the perfect counterpoint to something altogether more maximal – which is why layering one under a riotously printed slip dress makes for a winning, wear-anywhere look. To stop your outfit teetering into OTT territory, keep your accessories simple: a gold chain and streamlined sandals make an effortless addition to any ensemble, and this one is no exception.

OUT-OF-OFFICE

It might feel like an age since you last packed a suitcase for a far-flung adventure, but if you cast your mind back to those halcyon days, you’re sure to remember that, no matter the destination, a white tee was always a mandatory addition. When space is at a premium, packing smart is essential. An oversized T-shirt not only makes for an effortless beach cover-up, it can also be styled with virtually everything else you’ve packed – from floral skirts to denim cut-offs – promising maximum style mileage.

AFTER DARK

When it comes to eveningwear, a white tee might not sound like the most daring (or obvious) choice, but it’s the insouciant edge this closet staple can lend to more directional pieces that makes it an after-dark essential. Let yours temper the drama of wide-leg leather shorts, only to dial it back up again by adding barely there sandals and a slick of scarlet lipstick into the mix. Adding a casual element to your look makes for a more contemporary take on traditional eveningwear, whether you’re dressing for date night or dinner with friends.

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