How to Wear a Plain White T-shirt 6 Ways

One of the most basic, inexpensive items in your closet is also one of the most versatile pieces – a plain white t-shirt. The reason I love a plain white tee is because it can be dressed up or down, and styled in a variety of ways. Plus, white is a great neutral that can be paired with virtually any color in your wardrobe. So it’s win, win all around!

In this post, I’ll show you how to wear a plain white t-shirt from casual street style to business looks. Spoiler alert – the options are never ending. Here we go!

How to Wear a Plain White T-shirt 6 Ways 


The first thing to consider when you’re figuring out what to pair with your white t-shirt is the cut and fit of the tee. V-necks with a boxy fit tend to look more casual, while a scoop or crew neck with slim fit looks a little dressier.

Casual Ways to Style a White T-shirt

  • Pair a white shirt with black jeans and white sneakers for an easy street style look.
  • Add a leather jacket to a white shirt with denim jeans.
  • Style a white shirt under a casual spaghetti strap dress.
  • Pair a white shirt with a fun, casual skirt, white booties and a moto jacket for a smart casual look.

Ways to Dress Up a White T-shirt

  • Add a white t-shirt to a pleated midi skirt with a strappy pump.
  • Pair a solid-colored pencil skirt with a white shirt and a patterned blazer.
  • For a business casual look, add a white shirt to capri-length black trousers with a cardigan and flats.
  • Style a crew neck white t-shirt under a business suit with a pair of neutral pumps for a business professional look. 

My Favorite White T-shirts 

Caslon Rounded T-shirt From Nordstrom

This t-shirt is perfect for a more casual look. I love the pocket on the chest, and how light the material is. I’d recommend sizing down on this one. 

A New Day Scoop Neck T-shirt From Target 

Target has quite a few affordable t-shirt options. This first t-shirt is made of 95% rayon, so it feels a little more luxurious than cotton. The hem goes a little lower in the back than in the front, perfect to pair with leggings. Fits true to size. Size up if you want a more oversized look.  

V Neck Cotton Tee from J. Crew Factory

This basic tee is a lightweight, thin cotton tee that holds up well in the wash. I ordered up a site in this since it’s 100% cotton and will shrink a bit in the wash.

A New Day Puff Sleeve T-shirt From Target 

The puff sleeve detail is a top fashion trend this season. It gives the sleeve interest and a lot of sas. Definitely a good option to wear to work with trousers or a pencil skirt. 

A New Day Slim Fit T-shirt From Target 

This tee is great for casual looks. I love the slim fit. There’s no bulkiness and easily tucks into denim shorts or jeans.  

Long Sleeve Slim Fit T-shirt From J. Crew

For added warmth, this J. Crew long sleeve t-shirt pairs well with vests in the cooler months. The fabric is incredibly soft and holds up well between washes. It comes in a variety of other colors too. 

White T-shirt Outfit Ideas

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White tee with mom jeans

An easy outfit to throw on for running errands is a casual white t-shirt, mom jeans and white trainers. I usually tuck the t-shirt in to give a more put-together look. Add a dainty necklace and a crossbody bag, and you’re good to go. 

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white tee with leather leggings

You know how much I love my Spanx leggings. Well those pair well with a plain white tee that’s a little longer in the back for extra back-end coverage. 😉 For fall weather, add a denim jacket with sneakers or a raincoat with boots. 

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white tee with a kimono

For a smart casual look, pair a white t-shirt with a pair of dark wash jeans, a neutral bootie and a kimono. Kimonos are a fun way to add a fun pattern or pop of color to your outfit. Add a fedora hat, and you’ve got a perfect outfit to wear to a winery or out to dinner with your gals. 

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white tee with a midi skirt

For a business casual look, you can wear a white t-shirt with trousers or a midi skirt. I love a good colored trouser like pink, kelly green or maroon. Add a pair of neutral flats to complete the look. I love flats for the workplace because they’re comfy and cute, especially if you’re on your feet often during the day. 

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white tee with trousers

If your dress code is business professional, don’t count a white t-shirt out of your workday wardrobe. White t-shirts go perfect with pants or pencil-skirt suits. Not to mention, they add a much needed layer of comfort if you want to take off your blazer throughout the day. 

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white tee with a slip dress

Slip dresses have been a popular fashion trend, but generally they aren’t warm enough for cooler weather that the fall season brings. You can wear a long sleeve white t-shirt, like the one from J. Crew, under the dress to extend the wear of the dress. I’d recommend wearing sneakers or casual booties since the t-shirt makes the dress a little more casual. You could also wear a white tee underneath overalls, which is another fun fashion trend this season. 

I could probably put together a lookbook for white t-shirts alone because of how versatile they are. There’s something to be said about great basics in your closet, and a white tee is no exception. It’s a capsule wardrobe piece everyone should have. I’d love to hear how you style a white t-shirt or if you have a brand that makes an amazing one, let us know in the comments below! 

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