Art of Style

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…

Tiffany Reid at New York Fashion Week SS22

Nine to five

Whether you’re back in the office full-time, continue to work from home or have embraced a more flexible approach, the pandemic is guaranteed to have had 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 loose-cut tailoring, such as these pants from Loulou Studio, 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.


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 strappy LBD is a winning, wear-anywhere look. Keep your accessories uncomplicated: a simple chain and cat-eye sunglasses make an effortless addition to any ensemble, and this one is no exception.

PORTER’s acting head of fashion content, Chloe Street, at Milan Fashion Week SS22
Elizabeth Delphine at Copenhagen Fashion Week SS22

Out of office

Whether you’re packing your suitcase for a far-flung destination or simply an overnight bag for a weekend away, a white tee is a mandatory addition to a capsule vacation wardrobe. 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.

Off duty

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more timeless sartorial combo than casual pants or jeans and a crisp white T-shirt. 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 trick here is to balance proportions: super-baggy pants look great with a tighter tee, while boxy T-shirts pair well with high-rise, straight-leg styles, which cinch the waist while elongating the legs. To add some contemporary flair, pair with hi/low accessories, finishing your outfit with minimal sneakers and chunky gold jewelry.

A white tee with a pop of color, a baseball cap, sunnies and sneakers combine to create a cool off-duty look at Copenhagen Fashion Week SS22
Paloma Elsesser at New York Fashion Week SS23

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 a black velvet maxi skirt, only to dial it back up again by adding Magda Butrym’s rose-embellished mules and a coordinated patent red bag like this ‘Le Bambino Long’ style from Jacquemus. 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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