101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee For Summer

Maggie Griswold
101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee For Summer
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We’ve all got one: old reliable, everyone’s I-have-nothing-to-wear go-to, the ubiquitous plain white tee. Whether you originally purchased yours with plans of tie-dyeing it or got it in a five-pack on sale at Target, chances are you tend to play it safe when it comes to actually styling it. Believe it or not, though, there are a lot of different ways to make this staple look chic, so if you’re wondering how to wear a plain white t-shirt, we’ve rounded up 101 (yes, 101) ways to do so and be cute AF.

When planning a fire outfit, all you need is a little creativity, some good accessories and a lot of inspiration. And using a white tee as your starting point is ideal, since it’s a piece that’s pretty accessible to almost everyone. Whether your budget is $2 or $2,000, you can find a white t-shirt and dress it up with pretty much anything. From minimalist outfit ideas you can wear any day of the week, to unexpected and unique ways to style a plain white tee for weekend fun, you’re sure to find an inspirational ensemble in this list. Or two, or three. There are a lot of cute options!

You heard it here first, y’all—so long as you have a plain white tee in your wardrobe, “I have nothing to wear” is no longer a valid excuse. Sorry not sorry! Scroll through the below and try on a few new looks, and before you know it, you’ll look like the fashionista I know you are. Prepare for street style photogs to be flagging you down on the reg.

1. Co-ord Skirt + Blazer Set

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Girls Want It All.

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MIHOLL.

If, for some reason, you don’t already have a plain white tee, it’s time to buy one. I love this one’s looser fit, flattering V-neck and pocket detail.

2. Black Crop Top + Black Pants + Crossbody Bag

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Popsugar/Pinterest.

3. Cuffed Mom Jeans + White Kicks +Tan Tote

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

4. Floral Midi Skirt + Block Heels + Hoop Earrings

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Lauren Conrad/Pinterest.

5. High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans + Sunnies

6. Knotted Tee + Pink Slip Skirt + Belt Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

7. Teal Bodycon Skirt + Clear Bag + Clear Heels

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Plus Size All.

8. All White Everything

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Star Style.

9. Tie-Dye Skirt + Black Crossbody + Black Heels

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Edward Berthelot/Getty Images.

10. Animal Print Skirt + Natural Bag + Headband

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POPINK.

The headband trend isn’t going anywhere, and a simple black knotted style will always be in fashion. A white tee and a black accessory are a match made in minimalist heaven!

11. Black & White Pants + Clutch

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Just the Design.

12. Neutral Mini Dress + Long Cardi

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

13. Black Leather Pants + Blazer

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

14. Simple Mini Dress + Chunky Sneakers

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

15. Slogan White Tee + Candy-Striped Skirt

16. Jeans + Green Bomber Jacket

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Just the Design.

17. Jeans + Blazer + Bright Accessories

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

18. Knotted Tee + Floral Skirt + Backpack

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Ecemella.

19. Distressed Jeans + Sweater Around Waist

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Girl with Curves.

20. Pink Co-ord Set

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Kimorn.

Can we award some bonus points for those cat-eye white sunnies, too? We’re buying some ASAP.

21. White Distressed Jeans + White Hat + Neutral Bag

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Pinterest.

22. Peplum-Waist Pants + Minimalist Heels

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pure Wow.

23. Striped Skirt + Knee-High Black Boots + Dark Lipstick

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Designerz Central.

24. Knotted Tee + Yellow Patterned Skirt + Stacked Bracelets

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

25. Pleated Metallic Skirt + Gold Jewelry

26. Neutral Maxi Skirt + Sunnies + Colorful Sandals

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

27. Animal Print Skirt + Black Clutch

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Breakfast with Audrey.

28. Olive Shorts + Straw Bag

29. Black Lingerie Top + Patterned Kimono

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Star Style.

30. Floral Mini Skirt + Red Wedges

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

31. A-Line Midi Skirt + Heeled Mules + Structured Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Luvly Fashion.

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Seychelles.

A neutral mule with a sturdy block heel is a summertime essential, and the Seychelles Commute Mule definitely fits the bill. Plus, it also comes in black and a neutral woven option.

32. Rainbow Striped Skirt

33. Beaded Mini Skirt + Colorful Clutch

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Luvly Fashion.

34. Black Flowy Pants + Red Lipstick

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Sarah’s Real Life.

35. Black Slip Dress + Denim Jacket

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Instagram.

36. Red Floral Maxi Skirt + Denim Jacket

37. Leggings + Plaid Shirt + Crossbody Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest

38. Wide-Leg Black Pants + Red Heels

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Nicolette Mason.

39. Menswear Trousers + Linen Blazer

40. Simple Black Pants + Red Cardigan + Converse

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Girl with Curves.

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Converse.

 

This is a pro tip for any summer look, not just one worn with a plain white tee: Classic low-rise white Converse kicks make any outfit better. It’s a fact!

41. Cream Straight-Leg Denim + Black Shoes + Headband

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

42. Ruched Satin Midi Skirt + Gold Statement Earrings

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

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43. Pinafore Skirt + Cute Wedges

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Fashionerships.

44. Black Denim Mini Skirt + Rounded Sunnies

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pepa Mack.

45. Bike Shorts + Leather Jacket

46. Strapless Dress + Neutral Hat

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

47. Linen Pants + Lightweight Blazer + Boots

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Style Report Magazine.

48. Hot Pink Maxi Skirt + Statement Necklace

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

LookMazing.

49. Curvy Dark Wash Denim + Mini Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Girl with Curves.

50. Belted as a Dress

51. Tan Skirt + Beachy Hat

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

OC Style Report.

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Brixton.

A cute straw hat gives any summer outfit a more laid-back, beachy vibe. Plus, it keeps your cute face safe from the sun’s harmful rays. A fashionable win-win!

52. Olive Skirt + Leopard Neck Scarf

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pleats and Pearls.

53. Leather Mini Skirt + Wayfarer Sunnies

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Who What Wear/Pinterest.

54. Animal Print Midi Skirt + Simple Gold Necklace

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Revolve.

55. Green Striped Pants + Straw Hat + Fanny Pack on Shoulder

56. Denim Shorts + Olive Vest + Pendant Necklace

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Luvly Fashion.

57. Striped Pants + Gladiator Sandals

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Fashion Fade Magazine.

58. Varsity Bomber Jacket + Skinny Jeans

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Pinterest.

59. Checkered Sneakers + Striped Mini Skirt

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60. Denim On Denim

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Endless Trends.

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JudyBridal.

An oversized denim jacket that’s a shade darker than your jeans is so cool-girl chic. Bonus points for a little distressing for a truly lived-in look.

61. Maximalist Floral Skirt + Strappy Sandals

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Pinterest.

62. Neon Skirt + Statement Pearl Earrings

63. Floral Skirt + Bucket Bag + White Sunnies

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Who What Wear.

64. Tapered Brown Pants + White Kitten Heels

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

65. Navy Blazer + Light Wash Denim + Booties

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Season Outfit Fashion.

66. Long Kimono Jacket + Bold Heels

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

67. Cropped Fit + Baggy Tan Overalls

68. Hi-Low Dress + Skinny Jeans

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

69. Striped Pants + Chunky Turban + Gold Jewelry

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Pinterest.

70. Animal Print Shorts + Striped Bag

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Pure Wow.

71. Jeans + Oversized Bag + Newsboy Cap

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MIRMARU.

Are newsboy caps back in style? We’re all in favor. Mask a bad hair day with a low messy bun and this simple hat on top. Instantly chic.

72. Light-Wash Jeans + Neon Handbag

73. Oversized Fit + Cuffed Jeans + Scarf Belt

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Mellow Mayo.

74. White Eyelet Skirt + Reflective Sunnies

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

75. White Blazer + Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Star Style.

76. Long Black Vest + Skinny Jeans + Loafers

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Star Style.

77. Knotted Tee + Leopard Bike Shorts

78. Striped Paperbag Waist Shorts

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Fashion Enzyme.

79. Short-Sleeved Cardigan + Slip-On Sneakers

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Instyle.

80. Bright Polka Dot Skirt + Crossbody Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Madewell.

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Madewell.

BTW, if you’re interested in a new neutral crossbody bag with a little extra flair, we can’t stop thinking about Madewell’s Micro Sydney Bag in Animal Spotted Calf Hair. Swoon.

81. High-Waisted Olive Pants + Minimalist Sandals

82. Black Blazer + Black Pants + Brown Shoes

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Buzzfeed.

83. Ripped Jeans + Long Cardi + Pendant Necklace

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Instagram.

84. Red Wide-Leg Pants + Silver Hoops

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pinterest.

85.Barbie Pink Leather Moto Skirt

86. Striped Blazer + Denim Shorts + Co-ordinating Accessories

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Pure Wow.

87. Light-Wash Jeans + Gold Bracelets

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Girl with Curves.

88. Trench Dress + Bucket Hat + Dad Sneakers

89. Loose Jeans + Boyfriend Jacket

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90. Colorful Suit + Chunky Sneakers + Crossbody Bag

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Saucony.

While I’m a fan of chunky dad sneaks, there are a ton of white sneaker options to consider when styling a plain white tee. The Saucony Kinvara 11s are some of my faves, thanks to a tiny metallic pop and tons of texture.

91. White Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans + Chunky Sandals + Bold Bag

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

92. Animal Print Mini Dress

93. Tearaway Joggers + Oversized Sunnies + Luxe Crossbody

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

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94. Baseball Cap + Shirt Tied Around Waist

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The Pleated Poppy.

95. Green Moto Jacket + Animal Print Booties

96. Longline Plaid Coat + Black Chain Loafers

101 Ways to Style a Plain White Tee

Who What Wear.

96. Camel Suit + Matching Bag + Strappy Sandals

98. Crop Top + Distressed Jeans

99. Shredded Overalls + Crossbody Bag

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MORE.

100. Red Animal Print Mini Skirt + Sunnies

101. Black Skinny Jeans + Gray Denim Jacket

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Outfital.

 

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