Why you cannot do without a plain white t-shirt

Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City?… No this article isn’t about the band (although they are pretty awesome). It’s about plain white tees (yes just plain white tees), and why you need a dozen of them in your closet. In case you didn’t know it (and you probably didn’t) white t-shirts are fashion’s best kept secret.

The plain white t-shirt can be worn everywhere and on everything. It can be dressed up, or dressed down, it can be worn by a 10 year old and a 50 year old, the possibilities are endless. And the questions you are asking yourself right now are how can something so simple be so versatile, how can a white t-shirt be dressed up, or worn to church or worn to a wedding (ok maybe not a Lagos wedding)? Well this article runs down only a fraction of the style possibilities you can achieve with a plain white t-shirt.

  1. To work. Yes you can wear a white t-shirt to the office, no your boss would not walk you out, trust me. Pair your plain white t-shirt with your favourite slacks and a blazer, slap on your neck accessory pair it with a pair of court shoes and you are good to go.
  2. Casually. This is what the plain white t-shirt was made for. Pair it with your favourite jeans or that cute leather skirt you’ve been dying to wear. Nothing says I’m laidback and chic more than blue jeans and a casual white t-shirt. And if you want a more edgy look, you could pair it with a denim jacket.
  1. For date night. Tired of constantly looking for sexy dresses for date night, or just bored with dresses and pants in general, but still want to look sexy? Grab your plain white t-shirt and wear it with a pair of culottes. Culottes are in, they are chic and they are sexy. Not into culottes? You could pair it with a pair of straight pants or a short leather skirt.
  1. To parties. How do you like to party? Do you like to look chic? Or sexy? Or laidback? Or edgy? However you like it, you can achieve the look with your plain white t-shirt. Want to look chic? Tie a knot in the front of your t-shirt and pair it with a double slit maxi skirt. Want to look sexy? You can put a pair of scissors to your plain white t-shirt and cut it in half, creating a sexy crop top you can pair with high waisted shorts. Want to look edgy? You can slice of sleeves of your plain white t-shirt leaving the edges frayed giving you that Kanye West look.
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I could go on and on, about the numerous ways you could wear your plain white t-shirt but I am pretty sure you get my point now. Stock up on plain white t shirts today and I promise you won’t regret it.


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