Anything but basic: how to rock the crew-neck shirt

A crew-neck shirt should be a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. The shirt’s clean, classic look makes it an excellent canvas for building your unique style. If you’re tired of wearing your crew-neck shirts the same way every day, try out these tips and rock your favorite crew-neck tee.

  • Pair your tee with attention-grabbing outerwear. The crew-neck T-shirt is a great match for eye-catching outerwear such as sleek leather jackets and bright-colored blazers. The simple look of the shirt can tone down bolder fabrics and colors, so your outfit doesn’t look too busy. These shirts are great for layering in general; throw a denim button-down shirt over your tee for a more interesting casual outfit.
  • Wear a matching necklace. The right necklace can go a long way in jazzing up your crew-neck tee. The neckline of a crew-neck shirt tends to shorten the neck, so it’s best to match the shirt with a longer necklace, which can help your neck appear longer. A bold statement necklace that covers the top of the crew-neck shirt also helps elongates the neck by creating a new neckline.
  • Class up your tee with a midi skirt. Crew-neck tees are perfect for most skirt lengths, but a T-shirt and a midi skirt make for a dressy outfit that strikes the perfect balance between casual and formal. Wear your white or black crew-neck tee with a printed midi skirt. The basic tee won’t draw attention away from the skirt’s details. Tuck your shirt into the skirt for a neater, more polished look.
  • Add a flannel shirt and jeans to your outfit. Relive the 90s and get a classic grunge look by wearing your crew-neck T-shirt with a flannel shirt and lightly faded or acid wash jeans. This is a great look for both hot and cold weather; take off the flannel shirt and wrap it around your waist in the hotter months and add another layer of outerwear for when it gets colder.

Bonus tip: Tuck in your crew-neck tee properly for a more put-together look. It’s easy to do a full tuck into your skirt, pants, or shorts. First, put your shirt on before your bottoms. Next, push the hem of your shirt as far down into your pants or skirt as you can. And then you lift your arms until part of the shirt comes out. Make sure your shirt is evenly tucked by pulling out certain areas that are tucked in a little too far.