So, you know the brands to go for and what you’re looking for when it comes to purchasing your tees, but what do you actually do with them? We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you going when it comes to creating a look with T-shirts, whether it’s layering, how to wear plain tees or what to do with those graphic tees.
Over at Kinowear, we’re passionate about giving our readers handy style tips and we’d love to share some of them with you, too. If you want more fashion advice then be sure to head on over to the Kinowear Crash Course which will kickstart your style. So let’s get going with some ideas!
Layer it up
Casual shirts are great. You can dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down, get a shedload of different styles, materials, cuts…you get my drift – they’re super versatile. And the addition of a T-shirt can be a sure-fire way to show you’ve got style. But this isn’t as simple as whipping out any old shirt and throwing it over the top of any old T-shirt.
Chambray shirts are a good start if you’re just getting used to the idea of layering your clothes. They’re a great statement for a laidback look: a classic blue chambray with a white T-shirt underneath and you’ll be on the right track.
You could either go for wearing your shirt open, like a jacket, or for these winter months you might like to do it up partially at the bottom and layer it up even more with a jacket on the top. Keep the colors simple, white or gray, go for a slightly scooped-neck T-shirt and you can’t go wrong.
Here is an example with a short-sleeves chambray shirt, but long sleeves (rolled up or not) works very well too.
For a different look with a really interesting feel, you could go for checked shirts over a T-shirt. Checked shirts use a really relaxed fabric and instantly relax your look, so pairing them with a simple T-shirt not only adds a dash of well-considered color, but shows that you know what you’re doing when it comes to dressing down. It’s a really unique, masculine look to go for.
There are some key things to remember: you need to make sure that the T-shirt isn’t baggy and falling below the cut of the shirt, and remember that fit is king.
Plain T-shirts needn’t be boring…
The most important thing to remember is that a plain T-shirt in itself isn’t a bold item of clothing, and you need to build up your outfit. A good, foolproof look to go for is a plain tee, faded jeans and ankle boots, and you can even dress this up a bit more with a well-fitting blazer. If a blazer isn’t your thing, or you want to be a bit different, then you can opt for a cardigan as long as its chunky knitwear and not a super fine knit. When it comes to going ‘naked’ in those summer months when a cardigan is out of the question, make sure to wear your plain tee with accessories – a nice watch, tasteful bracelets…there’s a whole array of things to go for.
If you want to add a bit of color in the summer, when layering options are pretty nonexistent or very limited, go for shades that aren’t too bright. Go for a burgundy over a bright red, or a golden brown over a flashy orange. Uniqlo have various colors like this that are easy to wear.
You CAN strike gold with graphic tees…
We all know that plain T-shirts aren’t the only ones out there. The world of printed or graphic T-shirts can be a tricky one to navigate and there are lots of things you should definitely avoid, but we’ll try and get you going in the right direction with a few rules to follow.
Firstly, when it comes to a T-shirt with a printed logo, you need to be thinking about the size of it. You definitely don’t want something that’s sprawled all over the material, but likewise you don’t want a ridiculously tiny one that’s going to leave you with a lot of blank space. As a general rule of thumb, you want a print that’s bigger than a piece of A4 paper, but that doesn’t cover the entire tee.
Simply colors that go together well
Colors needn’t be a nuisance if you’re opting for a graphic tee, you just need to know which ones to choose. If you go for a super bright color, the logo will just get lost in it all. You should opt for lighter colors: white, off-white, cream, light gray – all easy to integrate into outfits and allow the logo to be noticed.
Gray design on a heather grey tee. It looks much more sophisticated than a bright advertising logo on a plain white tee (by Uniqlo)
And, as always, fit is king and make sure the material is decent and not something that is cheap and poorly made. Go and have fun!
And there we have it, advice to help you out when it comes to styling up your T-shirts. The looks are super easy to achieve, simple to dress up or down and practical for everyday living: go and make them your own!
Quick question: What’s your favorite color for T-shirts?
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