The classic white t-shirt has had a truly incredible ride. Though it began as a humble undershirt, fashion and film have turned this everyday staple into one of the most versatile garments in a gentleman’s wardrobe. To help you make the most of your solid white tee, here are five different ways you can rock it year-round.
1) The Merchant Marine
A time-honored original! While you may not be a sea dog on shore leave, there’s no reason you can’t look the part. Pair a crisp white tee with some classic khakis, and half-tuck the shirt as an ode to the ‘50s. If you’re truly committed, roll up the sleeves and finish the kit with a set of Air Force aviators.
2) The Dressed-Down Blazer
For a look that’s trim and tidy—but not overly formal—you can’t go wrong with a t-shirt and blazer. A white tee keeps the colors subdued, and underscores your blazer of choice, be it brown suede or navy blue.
3) The Weekend Warrior
On most Saturday mornings, we’re two degrees away from leaving the house in sweatpants. Luckily, a white tee can help you retain your human appearance with minimal added effort. This style is all about the path of least resistance: Jeans and a tee can go with almost any cardigan, so pick your favorite and hit the road.
4) The Irreverent Suit
For an offbeat take on your standard suit, skip the tie and button-down, and go with a slim-fitting undershirt instead.
5) The Summer Awakening
Nothing says “fresh and clean” like a crisp white tee. The simplicity of a white tee lets you show off your fashion sense without complicating the look. Shorts, flannel, and brightly colored accessories all make fine companions.