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How to Wear a T-Shirt to Work: Nailing the Look

by Camryn Rabideau


Once the warm summer weather arrives, you may find yourself looking for ways to lighten up your work attire. After all, heavy shirts and sweaters can be quite uncomfortable on swelteringly hot days. You might even find yourself eyeing your favorite T-shirt—it’s light, breathable, and comfortable, but can you wear it to work?

If you’re looking for suggestions on how to wear a T-shirt to work, you’ll first want to make sure it’s not explicitly prohibited in your company’s dress code. Once you’ve done that, use these five tips to style your favorite tee in an upscale way.

1. Choose a Simple, Clean Style

It goes without saying that even with a casual dress code, you shouldn’t wear any old, grungy T-shirts to work. Steer clear of graphic tees, band tees, or any shirt that has rips or tears.

Instead, you’ll want to choose a simple, well-fitted T-shirt, preferably in a neutral color. This will allow you maximum versatility and won’t call attention to the fact that you’re wearing a casual top.

Everyday Tee

2. Dress It Up with Accessories

You can make a T-shirt seem a little less casual with the help of accessories. A beautiful statement necklace or luxurious scarf will add a touch of elegance to your outfit, elevating a plain T-shirt into a workplace-ready top.

This strategy works especially well if you pair the accessories with a cardigan or other fashionable cover-up. Together, they’ll draw attention away from your undershirt, creating a look that’s both comfortable and appropriate for a professional environment.

3. Add a Blazer

One of the easiest ways to incorporate a T-shirt into a work-appropriate outfit is with a chic blazer or jacket. Simply toss your favorite piece of outerwear over a plain tee for a polished, professional look. You can wear a skirt or pants with this pairing, and don’t forget to add a statement necklace to complete the ensemble.

However, keep in mind that depending on how formal your office is, you may have to wear the blazer all day—not ideal if your workspace gets warm.

Plaid jacket

4. Layer It

When figuring out how to wear a T-shirt to work, don’t be afraid to experiment a little. T-shirts are often a great element to use when layering your clothes. For instance, if you have a dress that’s a little too revealing to wear to the office, you can put a T-shirt under it for more coverage. This is a great option for more creative workplaces, in particular.

Additionally, you can layer T-shirts under sheer blouses and button-up shirts to create a multi-dimensional look. While this might be a little warm for summer, it’s a great way to improve your workplace style when cooler weather rolls around—or when the office air conditioning is on full blast.

Stripe blouse

5. When in Doubt, Leave It Out

If you’re not sure whether your T-shirt outfit will be acceptable at work, it’s best to err on the side of caution and choose something else. Yes, T-shirts are the best in terms of comfort, but there are many blouses that are just as light and enjoyable to wear. Take some time to find a blouse that’s made of a high-quality fabric and fits you perfectly, and it will be just as comfortable as your favorite T-shirt.

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