A simple graphic T-shirt isn’t exactly a new trend, but this season’s interpretation is tres chic—literally. Clever phrases in sleek typefaces set against stark black, white, and gray fabrics are very of-the-moment, and we’re completely on board.
The goal is to look put-together, not like you just rolled out of bed and threw on whatever was on the floor, and that comes down to fit. Luckily, these tees come in lots of figure-flattering shapes, so leave behind super stretchy and tight tops, as those are difficult for anyone to pull off.
Instead try a crisp and slightly looser fit. I’m not talking about Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-loose, but having a clean, straight line along your shoulders and letting the T-shirt fall straight down over your shape is quite flattering.
T + DENIM //
This is the most basic of all outfits. The trick to a modern take on the look is to pair a slightly boxy silhouette with high-waisted denim in a dark blue, gray, or black wash. Let the tee fall over the waist of your jeans, or just tuck in a small bit near the button. The dark denim elongates your leg, and the higher waist supports your mid-section. Dress up with a sleek single-strap heeled sandal and a clutch, and you’ve nailed the city-chic look.
T + BLAZER //
Pairing a black boyfriend blazer over a simple tee works wonders for those who are more curvy or have a larger bust. The blazer provides much-needed structure and the vertical lines draw the eye up. Adding classic black trousers and tucking in the shirt is a fun take on the classic “suit,” perfect for creative office environments. Or throw on dark denim for a more casual look.
T + MIDI SKIRT //
We love the midi skirt’s classic, ladylike length that falls just below the knee or mid-calf. If you’re curvy or petite, wear an A-line skirt that hits at or below the knee and tuck in your tee to highlight your waist. Petites, try a high-waisted skirt to elongate your form and create the illusion of slightly longer legs. For curves, the best place for the skirt to hit is your natural waist.
If you’re long and lean, you can wear a high-waisted skirt as well but try for a boxy top that’s not tucked in. Looking for a way to wear a crop top without showing skin? Pair your high-waisted skirt with a crop top that hits just below the waistband.