Back to Basics: Timeless White Shirt (Part II)

wardrobe staple: versatile white t-shirt; also featured: leather look jeans,clear shoes, asymmetric peplum skirt, pointy toe pumpPhotos: Lily Aldridge & Leelee Sobieski; Courtesy of

Continue our “Back to Basics” series, today let’s talk about the versatile plain white t-shirt. Like a perfect blank canvas, it allows us to be even more creative and encourage us to think out of the box. Its easy-going “personality” really makes it compliments almost anything we pair with.

For a casual yet effortlessly chic look, you can team it with simple black jeans and statement shoes. I especially love this look of Lily Aldridge (above left): the juxtaposition between her edgy coated jeans and sexy, futuristic PVC pumps is so attractive, let alone the classic color theme: the never-failed black & white with a pop of red.

I always admire artistically minded women who can rock the most basic pieces for glamorous events (remember this look of Poppy Delevigne?). In a sea of flashy, sumptuous dresses, Leelee Sobieski’s ensemble (above right) is fresh, unexpected with a nostalgic glamour. Take a hint from her, look for high quality pieces with outstanding design to elevate your white tee!

wardrobe staple: versatile white t-shirt; also featured: leather look jeans,clear shoes, Alternatives: T by Alexander Wang Classic T Shirt with Pocket,  Citizens of Humanity Rocket Leatherette Jeans,  Gianvito RossiPlexy Laser Suede Pump in Red,  Joie Sunday Vintage Croco Tote, Ray-Ban Vintage Oversized Round Jackie Ohh Sunglasses,  Adia Kibur 3 Layer Chain Necklace,

Top: T by Alexander Wang (also here, great buy here)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (great style here & here)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (similar here & here)
Bag: Joie (great buy here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Necklace: Adia Kibur

wardrobe staple: white t-shirt; Featured: asymmetric peplum skirt,pointy toe pump; Alternatives: HELMUT Helmut Lang Kinetic Jersey Scoop Neck Tee,  Bless'ed are the Meek Native Skirt,  Jimmy Choo 'Abel' Patent Leather Pump,  Jennifer Fisher Gold War Ring,  Estée Lauder lipstick,

Top: Helmut Lang ($15 here)
Skirt: Bless’ed are the Meek (similar here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (great alternative here!)
Ring: Jennifer Fisher (wishful thinking here)
Lip: Estée Lauder ‘Scarlet Siren’