A couple of weeks ago, I posted a huge white t-shirt review, and a lot of you found a new favorite! To follow that up, I wanted to show a variety of ways to wear a white t-shirt for your spring and summer outfit inspiration.
I was going to take new pictures, but then I realized I have a ton of outfit ideas with a white t-shirt in my archives. Why reinvent the wheel? So I went through them this morning and rounded up a bunch of my favorites.
5 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt
Since these are mostly older outfits, most of the exact pieces are sold out, but I will link to similar where I can. Shopping links are under each picture.
#1. White Tee + Jeans/Jean Shorts/Jean Skirt.
The first and most obvious way to wear a white t-shirt is to pair it with jeans (or jean shorts, or a jean skirt!) This look is simple and classic, but it does require some styling to keep it from being boring.
As always, the key to making a simple outfit look intentional is to make sure the fit and proportion is on point. This applies to each garment, as well as the overall outfit. Then shoes and accessories are what will take the look from drab to fab!
In this first look, I wore neutral shoes and kept the accessories minimal, but I did wear earrings and a necklace, and the patterned bag adds interest as well.
The white tee creates a crisp, clean contrast against the dark wash denim, making this the perfect mom-about-town summer look for running errands or whatever the day holds.
Here’s a more casual take on the same outfit… I wore this for July 4th last year. We just hung out at home nad had friends over for a cookout, so I kept it casual with distressed shorts and a white tee, but I wore fun sandals, and I added jewelry and sunglasses.
I realize not everyone loves distressed jean shorts, and I’m kind of over this look, myself. But you could do this outfit with whatever casual denim shorts are your favorites.
Of course, you can do the same thing with jeans — this outfit could really use a necklace, but it’s the only one I could find. The snake print sneakers add an element of interest, and the quality of the jeans and tee keeps it classy.
Here, I wore a white tee with a denim skirt. I added a layer necklace and a bracelet, and my espadrille flats elevate the look even more.
#2. White Tee + Printed or Colored Shorts/Pants.
A white t-shirt is also the perfect pairing for printed or colored shorts and jeans/pants. In the first look below, I’m wearing a white tee with ikat print drawstring shorts. They’re almost sold out, but you get the idea!
Again, I wore minimal jewelry, but I did wear earrings, necklace, bracelet, watch, and sunglasses. And the tote is a fun, summery addition that brings in another color as well as some great texture to the look.
In this next look, I paired a white tee with blush colored jeans. Again, this is a very simple look, but the accessories take it up a notch.
On a cooler day, I’d throw a denim jacket on top of this.
#3. White Tee + White Jeans and Cardigan/Kimono.
There are so many possible iterations of this look, but what I like about it is how it creates a column of white, and then you can put almost anything on top.
In this first look, I love the blue and white pairing with the light neutral accessories. I also wore some really fun embellished tortoiseshell hoops.
This next outfit is pretty much the same as the one above, but the lightweight kimono gives it an entirely different look! My kimono sold out, but Evereve has a bunch of cute ones!
Here’s another example.
I also wore this kimono with a white tee and jean shorts.
And this is an example of the white tee with white jeans and a denim jacket. This time I wore a pair of espadrille flats to add interest and some whimsy to the classic look.
#4. White Tee + Jeans and Jacket/Cardigan.
This outfit formula just takes #1 and adds a jacket or cardigan. Of course, shoes accessories go a long way towards adding interest and personality into these simple outfits.
A few weeks ago, I shared 3 ways to wear a tweed jacket, and one incorporated a white t-shirt and raw hem jeans. The pink flats really pop this dressed-up casual look!
Another time, I wore this draped faux suede jacket over a white tee and swapped out my usual skinnies for flares.
I love how the blush pumps and bag complement the light neutrals in this outfit, nad the layer necklace and X-cuff bracelet add a bit of an edge. (My jeans are obviously too long here… I have since had them shortened.)
Both are great basics that can be worn in so many ways, and I like how the loafer mules keep this look current.
#5. White Tee + Denim Jacket and Colored Skirt/Pants.
I never get tired of pairing white with denim, so if I’m not wearing blue jeans with my white t-shirt, I’ll usually throw on a jean jacket.
This bold red and white print skirt looks amazing with the white tee + denim jacket combo, and these white espadrille sandals are the icing on the cake! (They’re very comfortable too.) Here’s a lower heel option, if you need one.
Black jeans or pants with a white tee and blue jean jacket are is one of my favorite outfit formulas. Once again, the key to keeping this simple combination from being boring is to make sure the fit and quality of each item is on point, and then to add accessories.
This first example is built with a bunch of neutral wardrobe essentials. The denim jacket is my go-to. It’s soft and stretchy and comfortable, and the perfect medium blue indigo wash.
The ballet flats are soft and supple and the perfect shade of nude for my skintone, and these black jeans were my favorites for years. I’ve since moved on to the higher rise Farrah, but they have the same fit through the hips and legs, and the same deep black wash that doesn’t fade.
I kept my bag and shoes neutral, but I added a Victoria Emerson boho cuff and a layer necklace to inject some personality into the look.
Here’s a similar look, but with raw hem faded black jeans and snake print slip-on sneakers. I like how the brown bag adds contrast, plus bown and black is such a chic combo!
And finally, one of my go-to outfits last spring, summer, and fall… a white tee and denim jacket with these trendy cargo jogger pants! The snake print slip-on sneakers add a fun pop of color and texture, but I also wore this with white sneakers and sometimes my white espadrilles.
And that’s a wrap! I hope that gives you some outfit inspiration for your favorite white tee.
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