There’s nothing wrong with being basic, especially when you’re talking about the humble white tee. It’s the wear with all and wear forever, and a wardrobe without one is no wardrobe at all. Here are five ways to wear yours this autumn.
WHITE TEE, DARK CHINOS AND LOAFERS
Smart casual can be a difficult dress code to negotiate, but the addition of dark trousers and smart suede loafers can see a simple white tee fit the brief surprisingly well. The key here is to tuck in your tee and keep your bottom half looking suitably smart. Steer clear of black chinos which, when paired with a white tee, are a fast track way to looking more Danny Zuko than James Dean.
WHITE TEE, SELVEDGE DENIM AND LEATHER JACKET
The biker style is a look loved by Belstaff ambassador David Beckham – the king of casual. Becks goes a long way in proving that selvedge denim is anything but scruffy, and you can channel his look with high-end jeans from Jacob Cohen. Leaving your white tee to hang out is a must, whilst your leather jacket should look like you’ve had it since you bought your very first Triumph way back when. White tees, aged denim and leather jackets are three pieces that are all absolutely synonymous with coolness, meaning you’ll be on your A-game without looking like you’ve made a hint of effort.
WHITE TEE, CHECKED SHIRT, DARK DENIM AND BOOTS
When the weather is warm enough to forgo a jacket, a lumberjack style checked shirt will add an extra layer and pull together your look. Mix up your colours when it comes to the checked shirt – your white tee is the perfect neutral starting point – but keep your denim dark and opt for desert boots to keep the look modern.
WHITE TEE AND A DENIM JACKET
Dare you do double denim? It’s a look which divides opinion. After all, nobody has wanted to emulate the Backstreet Boys since 1999. The denim jacket is having a moment and, when paired with black skinny jeans and a simple white tee, holds the key to double denim done right.
WHITE TEE WITH A SUIT
To the untrained eye, the white t-shirt and the suit are at opposite ends of the sartorial spectrum. One is the ultimate basic, the other the last word in formal wear; can the two really meet in the middle? Sure they can, so long as your t-shirt is slim fitting and your suit is navy or grey. Embrace the trend for trainers worn with rolled ankles if you’re feeling brave, or go for loafers if you prefer to err more on the side of subtle.
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