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5 ways to wear a white T-shirt

There’s no denying the rush of dopamine that comes from purchasing a sequined dress, Cinderella shoes or the It 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…

Is there any combination quite as classic as a white T-shirt and loveworn jeans? We don’t think so…

With denim

Call off the search, we’ve found them: the perfect pair of jeans to wear with your perfect white tee. A bold claim, we know, but breaking brand Slvrlake has pulled it off. Husband-and-wife duo Louise and Gary Edgley have created jeans that cinch the waist, elongate the legs and create a perfect peach derrière. Add Balenciaga’s cult Triple S sneakers for a modern fashion masterpiece.

With a suit

Breathe new life into your office attire by layering Max Mara’s sumptuous woolen tailoring over Frances De Lourdes’ second-to-none modal and silk-blend tee – designer Alejandra Echeverria founded the label when she couldn’t find quality T-shirts that met her exacting standards. Finish with barely-there sandals for weekdays, then switch them out for sneakers at the weekend for a look that redefines elevated everyday elegance.

Lend a casual air to a co-ord suit with a pop of white via your T-shirt and sneakers
Go tonal with cream cargo pants for a look that you’ll want to live in all weekend

With neutrals

If you’re on the hunt for an outfit that can work for an afternoon of gallery-hopping, a walk in the park and lunch with friends, pair a white T-shirt with this season’s chic neutrals. Loewe’s high-waisted cargo pants are future classics that you’ll wear (and love) for years to come. Put a playful spin on this utilitarian piece by pairing with a woven bag and Valentino’s super-soft leather slides for a timeless combination worthy of style icon Jacqueline Onassis.

With black

We’re hardwired to think of the white T-shirt as an off-duty essential, but it can also be the cornerstone of a great after-dark look. Master the art of hi/lo dressing by pairing a simple tee with Tom Ford’s second-skin pencil skirt. Elevate this unlikely duo with two-tone stilettos then pull it all together (literally) with Alexander McQueen’s Matrix-style waist-cinching belt.

For an effortless hi-low mix, team your white tee with a black leather skirt and high heels

Under a dress

Fashion’s obsession with all things ’90s shows no signs of abating. But nailing this look is about more than just wearing the right pieces – it’s a matter of styling. Take the slip dress: Reformation’s ditzy-print piece nods to the decade, but layering it over a bright white tee makes it work double-duty, creating the kind of boy-meets-girl look that everyone from Kate Moss to Winona Ryder was rocking back then.

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