Why White T-Shirts Are Your Summer Style MVP

By Megan Gustashaw

The beautiful thing about getting dressed when the temperature hits a steady 75-degrees is how simple it all becomes. What was once an intricate layering process and a clear division between AM and PM becomes a matter of slipping on the least amount of clothing you can get away with and calling it a day. “The ultimate winter wardrobe” is a 101-page novel. The “ultimate summer wardrobe” is the length of a tweet: a couple of dresses, curve-hugging jeans, easy cotton tops. In the name of warm weather and all of the easy, fabulous outfits in our futures, we’re celebrating one particular summer closet MVP today: the white cotton t-shirt. Here, five equally excellent, completely distinct ways to wear the affordable staple for all of the fun activities you have going on this summer. Why can’t everything in life be this simple?

Vintage Cool

GET THE LOOK: Express One Eleven Crew Neck Tee, High Waisted Ripped Girlfriend Jeans, Thick Polished Hoop Earrings, Crisscross Strap Platform Sandals

When you want to feel like your sexiest self in five minutes or less, a white crewneck T-shirt, high-waist jeans, and gold hoop earrings always works like a charm. Throw on the chic summer sandal of your choice and let your natural beauty shine through in your hair and makeup and you’re ready for all the selfies.

Good Sport

GET THE LOOK: High Waisted Wide Stripe Marled Leggings, Express One Eleven Tie Front V-Neck Tee, Jane And The Shoe Jaclyn, Express One Eleven Lightly Lined Bralette

Statement leggings, a sexy sports bra, and high-fashion sneakers are all modern-day workout essentials—and nothing completes the outfit like a classic white tee. A roomy cut is especially great for sweat sessions. The shape gives you space to move without getting in the way of your vinyasas and squats.

 Hot Date

GET THE LOOK: Express One Eleven Ribbed Double V Tank, Mid Rise Embroidered Rhinestone Skirt, Dressy Wedge Sandals, Express Lip Gloss

Who says a white T-shirt can’t also be a Going-Out Top? The clean ‘n’ simple fitted tank is absolutely the staple ready for nighttime fun. For a carnival date, bar night, or drive-in movie go all-American in a denim mini, wedge sandals, and a dewy, pop-color lip.

 Make it Work

GET THE LOOK: Express One Eleven V-Neck Tee, High Waisted Sash Waist Pant, Knotted Slide Sandals, Double Row Tassel Necklace

When the workday vibe is more “headphones on, head down” than “here I am!”, an easy white tee with a dip in the front and the back  is the beginning of a beautiful outfit. Stick with that easy, elegant feel with a pair of tie-front dress pants, slide-on heels, and a delicate necklace. You’ll be comfortable at your desk but also ready for an impromptu meeting or coffee run-in too.

Take it Easy

GET THE LOOK: High Waisted White Bermuda Shorts, Express One Eleven Scoop Neck Tee, Metallic Round Straw Tote, Jane And The Shoe Jill Sandals

A cotton T-shirt and denim shorts is as casual and cool as it gets during the summer. When both are done in bright white, the outfit will take you from the farmer’s market in the morning to a sidewalk café for dinner. Nautical-inspired accessories lend the combo a French New Wave finish that’s undeniably chic.