In honor of basics week, we’re celebrating three classic silhouettes styled three different ways. First on the list: The White T Shirt.
This iconic silhouette can take you from the office to date night, and finally to lounge in style. Before we dive into our how-to guide we wondered how the ubiquitous white tee got its start as a wardrobe essential.
A brief history of the white cotton t shirt
The white t shirt may have started out as a garment made to act as a barrier between skin and more expensive garments, but the classic silhouette has come a long way since the 18th century.
It wasn’t until the 1950’s with movies such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Rebel WIthout A Cause that the iconic silhouette stood out on its own.
It soon became a symbol of alternative culture with a help from style icons Marlon Brando and James Dean. Advancements in screen printing in the 60’s further catapulted the white t shirt into the favorite it is today.
How to Wear a White T Shirt
The white t shirt is one of the basic essentials that every wardrobe should include. The versatility of this cotton or cotton-blend shirt ensures the ability to mix and match depending on any mood and most everyday situations.
We’ve outlined three situations when a white t shirt is ideal. Get ready to mix and match that wardrobe!
Look 1: How to Style a White T Shirt for Work
The classic white t shirt gets dressed up in our casual work day outfit.
Pair your crew neck white t-shirt with skinny cigarette pants for a retro-inspired work look.
We opted to tuck in our white tee to provide clean lines and a more tailored look for our office look. Adding a pair of neutral colored shoes tied the look together that gave a slight nod to style favorite, Holly Go Lightly. Minimal jewelry completes the look for a no-fuss, no-brainer go-to office look.
Look 2: How to Wear a White T Shirt for Date Night
Whether you’re hitting the town with your new beau or headed out for #GNO, the white t shirt is a guaranteed hit!
We’ve paired our tee with a sultry double side slit corset skirt and lucite buckle heels for an edgy, yet chic date night look. A black mini wallet with gold toned details completes the look for a fashionable and functional look.
Look 3: How to Rock a White T Shirt When You’re Lounging
Style a white t shirt for lounge — are you serious? Yes, we are 100% completely serious. When you need to run some quick errands and you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know (and you know this is bound to happen), opt for a casual athleisure look.
We paired our white tee with some blue dolphin shorts, a matching denim mini backpack — perfect for your kombucha, keys, cell phone, and wallet, and furry slides to add some fun. Add a high pony and you’re set for the day.
This is part 1 of 3 in our SERIES | 3 Basic Wardrobe Essentials Styled 3 Different Ways.
For part 2, how to style a cami dress, click here.
For part 3, how to style a scuba skirt, click here.
Art Direction: Stephanie Fraide
Graphics: Jackie Sung
Photographer: Joe Yu
MUA and Hair: Sanga Kim
Stylist: Taylor Valle
Written by: Stephanie Fraide