I believe in outfit formulae– the kind where you have a set combination of clothing to go to, that work perfectly for your event.
I’m also a huge believer in repeating your clothing. I think it’s unreasonable to expect to dress completely new every single occasion. But sometimes, you look at your wardrobe and think, “I’ve worn this before, how can I wear it again?”.
(I never look like this when I’m thinking but you get my point)
And so, today I will walk you through two radically different ways to wear the same outfit base– a white tee + black pants. I chose these because they were classics that almost all of us have in our wardrobes, but usually don’t think of multitasking. And this is the best place to start. The same tee + trouser combination can look like a whole new outfit, depending on how you style it. And if you are worried about repeating, trust me, no one will even notice you’re wearing the same thing!
(I’m wearing a Gap tee, H&M pants & Hilfiger watch throughout.)
Outfit #1: Laid-back
= Button down + white tee + black pants + casual shoes
A plaid shirt worn over a white tee adds some interest + dimension to an otherwise standard outfit.
Unbuttoned completely, the shirt functions more like a jacket, but without the added heaviness/layer– which is the most important because who can wear a jacket in Chennai now anyway?
Regular accessorising makes this perfect for everyday– braid, watch, and boat shoes. This would work great with any low-top sneaker as well.
The tee is uniformly folded under itself at its end to reduce the length a little. This gives a cleaner effect to the layering + adds visual interest with different lengths of shirt/tee.
Fun fact, this plaid pattern is known as a Madras check. It made its way to international markets through Brooks Brothers in 1902, but remains firmly Madras in its roots and origins. In some way, the print lives on, even though the demand for the traditional technique of printing this pattern has waned.
I think this is a fun outfit for a day with friends & perfect for casual catch-up sessions. It’s polished enough to say you’ve made an effort, but doesn’t scream “carefully-curated”, hence lending it the relaxed vibe.
#1: Wearing Uniqlo shirt & Sperry’s Top Sider boat shoes.
Outfit #2: Simple glam
= Rhinestone necklace + white tee + black pants + heels + red lips
The amount a pair of heels + red lips impact your outfit: Exhibit A.
This necklace is shiny, sparkling and perfect against a white t-shirt. I recommend using white/rhinestone short necklaces for this outfit, because gold/silver/coloured tones might alter the look. It will work, but might require a bracelet/different shoes to tie it in.
These heels are low enough for comfort, but can easily be swapped for pointed black flats & give the same effect.
Bonus, more dancing!
I live for a one-handed tuck of the tee. It’s as simple as it sounds, tuck it in with one hand, and leave it (see this video for more). The less perfect, the better. It alters the way the tee fits and falls on you– attention is drawn to the waist, which is universally flattering. Bonus, the tuck downplays the red lip + rhinestone combination,
making you look effortlessly cool in 5 seconds flat.
This outfit is made for your fancy nights out and the party or two. I guarantee compliments, but I also will attest to comfort. It’s just a white tee and pants. No fussy dresses and skirts in the picture.
#2: Wearing Forever 21 necklace, Zara heels, and Revlon lipgloss in Fire.
More importantly, take a look at the two outfits. I am wearing the EXACT same base, but with some simple styling, you’ve got two outfits that look so different. It goes to show how just much an accessory or two can make a difference.
I hope you liked this post! How do you wear your white tee + black pants? Tell me in the comments!