No need to go shopping, you’ve already got your warm-weather wardrobe essential. There may not be anything groundbreaking about a plain white tee, but it's the ease, versatility, comfort factor—and the fact that we know for sure you all have at least one—that make the basic white T-shirt your BFF this summer. We’re looking to fashionistas like Jessica Alba, January Jones, Anne Hathaway and more to show us 6 surprising and stylish ways to wear a white T-shirt this summer.
Wear it Under a Printed Blazer
We love a silky printed blazer for going out in the summer, and a white T-shirt provides the perfect play of high and low. At the Anthropologie celebrates A Denim Story event, Jessica Alba wore her abstract animal print Cartonnier jacket over a pocket tee with a scoop neck that gave the look a little sex appeal. You can copy her look with J Brand jeans or pair your blazer and tee with a pair of high-waist shorts.
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Wear it With a Fitted Pencil Skirt
The restriction of something like a pencil skirt can make dressing up in summer a pain, but we suggest you make like Elisabeth Moss and temper your more formal, fitted pieces with the comfort of a T-shirt. Her Nonoo pencil skirt and Stuart Weitzman sandals at the AFI Awards didn’t lose any of their polish when paired with a basic tee.
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Wear it With a Statement Necklace
Who says you have to wear your favorite jewels with a dress? Sophia Bush gave some sparkle to her white pocket T-shirt while out and about in L.A. with a statement collar necklace. The accessory elevated her look from running errands-casual to lunch date-ready. Distressed skinny jeans and sporty slippers rounded out this effortless ensemble.
Wear it With a Summery Suit
The plain white tee is a perfect match for your new pair of printed trousers or joggers. We love the way Anne Hathaway made a suit out of it by tucking her V-neck white T-shirt into her monkey-print Piamita pants and adding a coordinating light blazer on top. Keep the look casual with sneakers like Hathaway did, or dress it up with strappy sandals when you need to look more pulled-together.
Wear it with Leather and Mom Jeans
If a white T-shirt and mom jeans doesn’t sound stylish on paper, check out Zoe Saldana’s look at her visit to BET’s 106 and Park late last year. Her short-sleeved Michael Kors leather jacket with strong shoulders gave just the right amount of structure to her laid-back jeans and tee—and is a smart way to continue the all-things-leather trend into the summer.
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Wear it with White Jeans
Give the classic T-shirt-and-jeans combo a monochromatic treatment this summer with an outfit inspired by January Jones. She was spotted in L.A. wearing a sleeveless version of the white tee with a pair of white-hot skinnies. Black accessories like her gladiator sandals, fedora and sunglasses provide contrast and cool-girl flair.