How to Style the Plain T-shirt


An essential part of the modern capsule wardrobe, the simple T-shirt is our go-to top for pairing with denim, midi skirts and trousers this season. Styling plain T-shirts doesn’t have to result in a basic outfit; they’re incredibly versatile and go with everything. From desk-to-dinner, brunch-to-bar and weekday-to-weekend, when you find the perfect plain T-shirt, it’s a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down to suit many occasions. A black or white T-shirt makes the perfect base layer for any outfit and that’s why it’s one of our must-haves this season. Focus on the fit to make sure you find the one that suits your style. Loose-fit shapes add some casual cool to tailored separates and denims but a slim fit T-shirt may look better on your shape. Once you find your perfect tee, stock up on it in all your favourite colourways, as this is one item that’s not going out of style any time soon. There’s many ways to style a plain tee and it’s up to you how simple you want to keep the look. Sticking to neutral colours like a simple white T-shirt or a darker plain black tee can allow other pieces of your outfit to stand out, like coloured trousers or a premium jacket. If you’re not keen on loud colours or prints, adding in accessories like statement earrings, belts and necklaces will keep your outfit perfectly polished for any event. So how do you wear the brilliant but basic T-shirt? We’ve answered your most-asked questions below...


What goes with a T-shirt?

With a T-shirt, anything goes! There’s no right or wrong way to style a T-shirt, but we prefer it paired with denim jeans or tailored trousers for an on-trend look this season. It’s important to choose a high quality T-shirt that you can wash and wear often with different looks, but they don’t have to be expensive and our 100% cotton plain T-shirts start from £7.99. Our T-shirt collection features lots of different styles, so if the plain white tee isn’t for you, take a look at our range of printed T-shirts, embellished tops and slogan tees.

How do you dress up a plain T-shirt?

The key to dressing up plain T-shirts is using the minimal detail to your advantage. A plain tee can accentuate other parts of your look, as it creates a simple and fuss-free base for you to work from. Try layering a plain tee under a blazer for a smarter style and adding ankle boots to complete the look. For a fashion-forward take on the trend, opt for a plain tee with a chic printed co-ord suit. Spotted on many an Instagram #OOTD post, it’s a great way to add a casual spin and get the most out of the blazer and trousers that have been hiding in the back of your wardrobe. A plain tee can accentuate other parts of your look, as it creates a simple and fuss-free base for you to work from!


How do you style a basic white T-shirt?

For a relaxed option, pair a plain white T-shirt with some on-trend boyfriend jeans or skinny jeans and complete the look with trainers. Mix and match your footwear to what’s appropriate for the event and invest in a new statement bag for major style points. If you’re looking for a smarter option, try tucking your T-shirt into a midi skirt or pair of printed trousers paired with heels or ankle boots. A plain T-shirt is the ideal piece to be a little adventurous with, so don’t be afraid to try new looks. A white tee is a summer suitcase essential, but it also works just as well if you’re jetting off for some winter sun. Layer over our new swimwear collection at the beach or tuck into high-waisted denim shorts for some sightseeing in the city. The breathable fabric and light colour will keep you cool and comfortable in the higher temperatures and help protect your shoulders from the sun.


How do you style a basic black tee?

If you’re a fan of a darker colour palette, a plain black tee is the perfect choice for any day-to-night outfit. Wear a aplain black tee tucked into a faux leather midi skirt for an on-trend smart-casual look or pair a looser fit with black leggings or checked trousers for a laidback look. For the weekend, wear a black T-shirt with your favourite blue skinny jeans and white trainers, teamed with a black faux leather biker jacket. A black tee is the perfect day-to-night outfit if you're a fan of a darker colour palette!



Now that you’ve got some styling tips and tricks, shop our range of tops and T-shirts to find your favourite fit. Share how you’re wearing the simple T-shirt this season on Instagram and remember to tag us in your outfit posts #mymandco.