3 February 2014

Wardrobe Rehab: 10 Ways to Style A White T-shirt

"I've always thought of the T-shirt as the alpha and the omega of the fashion alphabet"



The basic white t-shirt is a wardrobe staple for every women, as it can either be dressed up or down. It is referred to as a basic because it is one of the building blocks to building a solid clothing collection. Choose a fitted white t-shirt for a chic and seamless look or choose one that is loose and slouchy for a more relaxed and forgiving fit.

Be sure to buy your t-shirts in a fabric that is not too thin to prevent it from losing its shape.
Various necklines add interest: A round neck tee offers more coverage so is more versatile than a v-neck.
Different sleeve lengths will also determine wearability ranging from cap sleeves, sleeveless, elbow length and long sleeves. choose one that compliments your body type in the best possible way by minimizing any flaws or accentuating your best assets.

With the help of Trendsetters Collection - located 3 Perth Road, Mandeville - I have shown how different shoes, bags and accessories can transform a basic white t-shirt in 10 different ways. Every piece of clothing was in my wardrobe nothing was purchased except the t-shirt, so it shows that with very little money we can have a fresh update on pieces we already own ;)

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1 Monochromatic Chic: High waist vintage Jean Paul Gaultier trousers are paired with a cropped blazer in a classic houndstooth print with pearl buttons; accessorized with a bold red patent leather bag by Milano. The red chain link necklace ties the look together and is a tougher alternative to classic pearls which can sometimes age you in a classic ensemble.

2 Relaxed Weekend Look: Worn here  with a green sheer pleated maxi, I added another layer with a black vest and chose comfortable Steve Madden flats featuring a gold plate detail and a black and white satchel by Anne Klein.,

3 Colour-Block it : Wear a pencil skirt and a blazer for a chic ensemble, choose contrasting colours and add a statement tote to tie in with the other colours.

Preppy Chic: A t-shirt worn over a soft blush toned sheer blouse acts as a light vest. The polka dotted blouse is feminine with a bow and so I chose classic white pearls to give it a dainty finish.

5 Edgy: DIY distressed blue denim jeans (DIY previously blogged here) paired with a chunky caramel coloured leather belt, leopard platform pumps from Steve Madden and a studded leather duffle bag also from Steve Madden.

Casual: Denim skirt with brown contrast stitch detail pays tribute to the on-trend 'western/cowgirl' theme. I chose bold gold earrings, a cross body bag by Nicole Lee and brown statement wedges to achieve a carefree but trendy look.

7 Resort Casual: Geometric print palazzo pants paired with an oversized tote in a punchy red-orange colour, the nude Steve Madden platform wedges adds height and balances the look.

8 Relaxed: Red short shorts are paired with a cool chambray denim shirt and accented with a lightweight scarf in a tropical motif. Worn with nude platform wedges by Steve Madden and an oversized yellow tote.

Sunday Brunch : A midi skirt by American Apparel in a vibrant orange colour paired with a small black and white leather satchel by Milano which adds a feminine touch; the matching pointy toe sling backs complete the look.

10 Formal: (Below) High waist mermaid skirt (up cycled from an old gown) paired with a gilded damask bow belt; for jewelry I upped the glam effect by layering a multi-strand pearl necklace with a gold necklace together and adding a bejeweled clutch for a sparkly accent.

Be careful while laundering any white fabrics, but specifically, fabrics with stretch should avoid bleach and use natural stain movies to prevent yellowing. Completely avoid the dryer to avoid shrinkage and bear in mind that over time your t-shirts will fade and thin so be sure  to stock up in a couple.

Shoes, bags and accessories: TRENDSETTERS COLLECTION:
 3 Perth Road Mandeville, 961-1474

Jordache 'Dash' Jones: 471-8957
Antoinette Daniels: - 422-0676

Production assistant: Kai Heaven

Thoroughly enjoyed working with Dash and Antoinette who make a great team, contact them for all your photography needs including but not limited to portraits, weddings, special events and lifestyle photography. A very special thank you to my friend Claudine for the fabulous location site. :) Hey guys, lease be sure to drop a comment and let me know which look is your favourite and which you will try soon. 

Contact me for styling services, image consultation, and wardrobe editing at natalieoutar@gmail.com

Thanks for reading everyone! 
Natalia Oh!