How to Style a Basic Black T-shirt 10 Ways

Onno T-shirt Collage

I create my entire wardrobe out of easy and versatile basics to make getting dressed effortless and chic. Sometimes basics can be over looked, but they are essential to timeless and easy style. The black T-shirt is no different.

So today, I’ve teamed up with Onno (the maker of my favorite $29 organic crew neck T-shirt that is so soft) to show 10 different chic ways to wear a little black tee. Continue on for no-fuss formulas that you can recreate with pieces in your own closet.

Plus, just for CSS followers, the T-shirts are buy 2, get 1 free! They never go on sale, so you can say this is kind of a big deal. You need the black, white and heather grey colors in your life and they have mens T-shirts also! Buy 3 and then email Allison at mentioning the post and get fully reimbursed for the 3rd tee.


Casual Mix

Black jeans + Utility jacket + Cognac Booties + Leopard scarf

I love this combination for a practical and stylish on the go look. It is so comfortable and just easy. In case you don’t already know, a monochromatic base for any look (like a black T-shirt and black jeans) topped with a contrasting layer (like this utility jacket) is always a super slimming effect – which who doesn’t want?!


Cool as can be

Boyfriend blazer + Ripped jeans + Silver statement necklace + Metallic flats

This is perfect for a brunch with your bestie to look put together but not look like you’re trying too hard. The rips and silver accents play on the edgy nature of the cool tones of the outfit. A long lined boyfriend blazer gives sleek lines that are a perfect juxtaposition to the casual rips.


Ladylike Leopard

Camel jacket + Leather pencil skirt + Animal print belt + Black pumps

To make a comfortable T-shirt totally Ok for the office, layer a camel colored jacket, a pencil skirt (leather looks very luxe) and black pumps to elevate an everyday piece. The animal print belt will define your waist and add a touch of pattern to the outfit.


Classically Chic

Trench coat + White skinny jeans + Black pumps + Black bag

Beautifully simple and refined, this look oozes minimalism at it’s finest. Add a red lip and a chignon and you are perfect for a coffee date!


Tied Up

Plaid shirt (tied around waist + Light wash jeans + Black booties

For the days you want to be practical but stylish, this is the way to go. Tying a shirt around your waist exudes street style and gives the outfit much-needed visual interest. This outfit also shows off one of my favorite styling tricks, what I like to call “sandwiching.” For this, you match your skirt to your shoes with a contrasting color sandwiched in between.


Statement Scarf

Blanket scarf + Black skinny jeans + Black loafers + Contrasting bag (that coordinates with the scarf)

Yet another one of my go-to styling tricks, a monochromatic outfit base. It looks good 99.9% of the time and very Euro chic.


Leather Love

Leather jacket + Black skinny jean + Leopard pumps + Gold accessories

The slim fitting black on black look is super sleek. By layering a black leather jacket it adds some shine into the outfit equation. Finish the look with leopard pumps for a touch of pattern.


Girls Night Out

Cape blazer + Coated black skinny jeans + Silver statement necklace + Black bag + Silver Pumps

This outfit is perfect for a night out with your girls, simply dressing up a basic T-shirt. A cape blazer adds polish with a super stylish twist. Silver accents dress it up and add a bit of glamour.


Skirt The Rules

Statement midi skirt + Black pumps + Pop of color purse + Brooch

This is a feminine and pretty take on a basic tee. This outfit uses my favorite styling trick called “sandwiching” that I mentioned before. Black pumps and a black T-shirt flank a patterned midi skirt. A brooch is a classic and unexpected touch. Also the punch of color purse adds a flirty detail.


A Bit of Flare

Black flare jeans + Metal belt + Black pumps + Gold jewelry

A 70’s inspired take on basics comes with a monochromatic palate with a vintage inspired flare jean. A gold belt emphasizes your waist and adds a glamorous touch.

Remember, the T-shirts are buy 2, get 1 free! They never go on sale, so you can say this is kind of a big deal. Buy 3 and then email Allison at mentioning the post and get fully reimbursed for the 3rd tee.

As always, thank you for reading.

  1. Char Wrote:

    Great post and must have been a lot of effort to style 10 looks for one post. Thank you! It is appreciated. I got a lot of ideas 🙂

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Thank you so much, Char! It was, but I love doing these kind of posts to inspire all of my followers.


  2. Emilie Wrote:

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m leaving for a semester abroad in a week and this (along with your lifesaving Ultimate Packing Guide) is perfect!

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Oh my goodness! Have so much fun! And thank you, I’m glad this could help.