Ways to Dress Up Your Basic T-Shirts
I’m a t-shirt girl. It’s a style that suits my casual life. There are times when I reach for a t-shirt even for an occasion that calls for dressing up a little. Those are the times I want to elevate my basic t-shirt look.
And it’s pretty easy to dress up a t-shirt so it looks a little more special.
- wear heels,
- add accessories,
- level up with a jacket in a luxe material,
- carry a stylish handbag,
- incorporate an interesting tuck.
The photos below show ways you can style a basic t-shirt that will make it perfect for a variety of events that call for dressing up.
Accessorize the Neckline
A quick way to dress up your basic t-shirt is the add a scarf or necklace to the neckline. Make it something eye catching and the focus will be that accessory.
In these two looks, I also added summer heels and a structured purse, both of which help to make the look less casual.
There are so many ways to tie a lightweight scarf so that it’s interesting. Take a look at the video in this post for scarf tying ideas (scroll to the bottom of the post). (It’s a winter post, but the scarf tying video is appropriate for all seasons.)
Pair a Basic T-shirt with Dark Jeans
Dark wash jeans always have a dressy vibe. That alone can elevate a basic tee. Add in a classic and classy pair of pumps and some eye catching accessories, like the animal print belt, gold link necklace, and a special purse (the Louis Vuitton bag was a 30th bday gift from my husband–worth hanging on to!).
If you need a topper, add a cardigan that has some interest, like animal print or other fun design. This also takes the look of a basic t-shirt to another level.
Level Up with All Black
It’s no secret that wearing all black is a chic and sophisticated look. And choosing a t-shirt with a square or ballerina neckline adds a degree of sophistication to a basic tee.
In this look I’ve paired the t-shirt with black jeans, but you could easily wear black dressier pants or coated denim or even velvet in the winter.
Add interesting jewelry, and shiny handbag, and a gold tone shoe and your look is ready for festivities and celebrations.
Pair a T-shirt with a Skirt
A quick way to elevate a t-shirt look is to pair a tee with a skirt. Add some accessories like a lightweight scarf or necklace, fun earrings and a statement bracelet, an interesting bag, a heels and you’re set for an afternoon or evening outing.
Dress Up a Graphic T-shirt with Glitz
What? Dress up a graphic t-shirt? Yep. Add glitz, a French tuck or a statement belt, and reflective jewelry and your outfit is ready to take on the paparazzi!
In these two looks a casual graphic t-shirt makes a statement while silver heels and bags (two different styles), and sparkly jewelry make the outfit ready for a party or special night out.
In the first two photos, the t-shirt has a French tuck (only tucked in the front). This is a great way to get a tucked in look leaving a little fabric to drape down in the back. The second two photos use a wide statement belt to give the look additional interest.
Add a Luxe Material Jacket
An easy way to level up a basic tee is to add a jacket or topper in a luxe fabric or material. These looks incorporate a faux leather jacket and two different styles of satin jackets. Along with leveled up accessories, a pretty jacket adds another layer of elegance to a dressed up t-shirt look.
I hope that the outfits in this post inspire you to try something new and maybe even encourage you to step outside your comfort zone. Styling outfits is fun–don’t take it too seriously. You may be surprised at the positive comments your outfits elicit when you do something a little different.