The t-shirt has always been a summer staple in everyone’s wardrobe but it can sometimes be viewed as basic and not given the credit it truly deserves. It’s such a diverse garment that it has now become a timeless piece but people are often left wondering how to keep the look contemporary and on trend. So as we transition into summer we thought you would enjoy some styling directions to help you wear your t-shirt.
Designer Tee Dress-Up
Keep it simple with these monochrome designer tees, worn slightly oversized and casually tucked-in to a give an effortless aesthetic. Accessories are kept to a minimum and sneakers are the footwear to pair it with, bringing a youthful street wear style to the outfit. The trick is to let the t-shirt speak for itself and avoid pairing with other bold patterned garments. Victoria’s Secret model Elska Hosk is a frequent wearer of this trend.
The American Sports Tee meets Feminine Separates
Sportswear meets formal as these jersey tees are styled with overly feminine fabrics, taking inspiration from Trendstop’s Crafted Sport trend for Spring/Summer 2018. It works in alternative ways by layering the tee over sheer femme delicate skirts or underneath simplistic more intimate slip dresses, but always keeping an oversized shapeless silhouette. Primary colours make the jersey a bold statement against an otherwise neutral colour palette. Celebs spotted sporting this look include Beyonce, Jordan Dunn and Rita Ora.
Layered with a Slip
A feminine take on styling as delicate intimates are layered on top of the basic tee, creating an innovative silhouette which questions the rules of fashion. The slips can vary in materials from intricate lace to fine silks but all pair equally as well with the simple cotton t-shirt. This is a transitional look which can be taken from winter to summer as it is all about layers and slouchy jackets. These add a new texture to the ensemble. This style points towards the popular trend of ‘underwear worn as outerwear’ which is a current favourite of all the Kardashian sisters.
The T-shirt Dress
With a nod to Trendstop’s up and coming ‘No Labels’ theme for Spring/Summer 2017, the T-shirt is reinvented as it’s styled as a dress for a simple off-duty look. Drop hem sleeves and stepped hem detailing create a slouchy silhouette with one off vintage print vibes. The tee can be kept minimal and worn alone or it also looks strong layered with a masculine inspired jacket, and to keep with the relaxed aesthetic pairs well with plimsoll style trainers. Celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendal Jenner and Amanda Seyfried have been seen rocking this look.
With a clear deconstruction theme, shoulders grab all the attention in these unfinished tees. Soft cotton and thick jerseys give a relaxed and alternative aesthetic as they are paired with leather bottoms in skirt or pant form. It works well in the monochrome palette for an edgier look but is also strong with an added pop of color. As for accessories they should be kept to a minimum with delicate metallic chains and barely there jewellery. Olivia Palermo has been spotted wearing this style of t-shirt.
This unisex look is street wear inspired, as enlarged cotton tees are layered over luxe fabrics in a skater style fashion. The silhouette created is oversized with the sleeves edging on being a little too long. This will work well nearer the fall again. The styling is given a feminine feel, which works best by using contrasting fabrics like netting for underlay, finishing it off with a strong graphic print on the t-shirt overlay. Cara Delevigne has been spotted recently sporting this casual look.
Now you can look at the t-shirt in a different light, and realize it’s more than just an understated basic!