When it comes to casual clothing, the plain white tee is a staple in many a woman’s closet. And why not? It’s a look that’s timeless and relaxed—and worthy of consideration for occasions other than grocery store runs.
To show off how versatile—and downright classy—the white tee can be, Verily’s lifestyle editor, Krizia, took on the challenge and styled one white tee for every day of the week (with a little help from raiding our editor in chief’s vibrant closet). We hope it inspires you to think about how you can, too!
MONDAY // Business Casual
When taking on the plain white tee style challenge, Krizia quickly realized that bold accessories were the key to making these outfits work—especially for her business-wear looks. “A white T-shirt is like a blank canvas,” Krizia says. “You’re free to get creative with colors, textures, and accessories.” The key to making this look dressier than just a plain tee is a colorful statement necklace and lively yellow pumps. The white tee allowed her bold accessories to stand out without being too overwhelming, transforming her outfit into a glamorous business-wear look.
“Before this challenge, I would’ve told you that there is no way you can get away with wearing a T-shirt in a professional office environment. This look proved me wrong.”
TUESDAY // Denim on Denim
The plain white tee and blue jeans combo has been around forever, but sometimes you want to add a little personality. Krizia did just this with her variation of the Canadian tuxedo. Her neck scarf adds just the right amount of quirky flair, while her strappy sandals dress up the laid-back look. The white tee serves as a neutral backdrop to the warm brown tones in her scarf. Her look has an overall youthful character but remains polished and mature—perfect for a mom of two in her twenties.
WEDNESDAY // Sports Luxe
Who said sports luxe is only for the gym? Athletic-chic is having a major moment in the fashion world; everyone seems to be rocking sporty street style. Sports luxe is a perfect way to maintain style and comfort, which is especially great if you’re a mom-on-the-go like Krizia. A white T-shirt seems like an obvious match for black yoga pants, but Krizia opts for her trusty stretch-cotton pencil skirt. Still think that sneakers and skirts are a fashion no-no? The key is in the sneaks: Go for sleek monochrome styles, not chunky white running shoes. Krizia’s black-and-white trainers are just as cool as they are functional, allowing her to feel extra comfy without losing her classy style.
THURSDAY // Casual Bohemian
For a more casual look, Krizia opted for a neutral palette with a pop of color in this kimono-inspired look made by draping her scarf around her shoulders. The draping effect created a bohemian and free-spirited vibe, a style Krizia said she hadn’t experimented with before. “In the past, I’ve only worn this scarf for its function over its form,” she shares. “It was a style victory for me when I realized that I could use it as a statement piece as well.”
FRIDAY // Dressy Business
“Even though I was wearing a T-shirt, I felt transformed.” To Krizia’s surprise, a white tee pairs perfectly with tailored pants and a blazer. This monochrome ensemble is professional yet modern and elegant. When tucked in to a pair of high-waisted trousers, the T-shirt blends in seamlessly while allowing the dark pants and blazer to stand out. To dress up her tee even more, Krizia wore her blazer over her shoulders like a cape with the collar popped, creating an overall look worthy of Katharine Hepburn.
“To be comfortable and appear so polished at the same time is a huge outfit victory for me.”
SATURDAY // Date Night
This look is all about playing up the brightness in the white T-shirt with blushing pinks and pastels. The great thing about a neutral tee is that it can go with anything—from a more masculine work outfit to this date-night outfit that’s ladylike and dressy. The key is in the feminine details: lush tulle, sparkly details, and floral prints. The plain T-shirt anchors these feminine elements but tones down any overtly girlish vibes.
“This challenge made me less opposed to color. I honestly didn’t realize how much easier it is to sport colorful accessories, such as this vivid scarf, when not trying to match them to another base color. White makes it easy!”
SUNDAY // Casual Chic
A plain tee has an inherently boyish look, so pairing it with ladylike pieces plays an important role in bringing out the tee’s feminine side. A full circle skirt and a pair of classic black pumps allow for a perfect blend of casual and dressy. We loved the neutral-and-black theme, a look that’s perfect for going to church or Sunday brunch.
So go ahead, use that little white tee for more than just Saturday morning errands! A few bright accessories and crisp styling are all you need to dress up this sartorial superstar.