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’

By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!