There was a point in time when t-shirts, which have been around since the beginning of the 20th century, were specifically worn as men’s undergarments. I think it’s safe to say that wearing a t-shirt for anything other than an undergarment was not proper attire. And it was definitely not something that one would incorporate into one’s wardrobe.
As time and style evolved, t-shirts started becoming more of something that would be considered ultra casual or something you “threw on” to run an errand or to do some cleaning. As thoughts evolved around getting dressed and what’s considered appropriate, incorporating t-shirts into wardrobes as a functional and stylish piece has become more of a norm.
This was my thought process years ago which has changed dramatically. It pained me to think of wearing such an item for anything other than gym class. It was a piece of clothing that I would look at with a bit of apathy because I didn’t consider it nice enough to wear with anything that was in my closet. My how times have changed. Incorporating t-shirts into my wardrobe has added a certain flexibility and style to many of my favorite looks.
Take for instance this look I styled. I’ve had this t-shirt for years. I don’t remember where I got it from but it’s one of my favorites. I wanted to update the look of the shirt so I cut the sleeves off and cut open the neckline for a built-in necklace look. For an elevated casual look, I styled it with this black skirt from DD’s (old), sandals from misslola.com (old) and my mom’s purse circa 1986 that she still doesn’t realize I permanently borrowed from her.
The wonderful thing about t-shirts are that there are so many styles, shapes, colors and prints to consider adding to your wardrobe. They can be styled with endless options including suits, skirts, dresses and of course denim in a way that makes you look neat, stylish and pulled together.
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