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.

How to Host the Ultimate May the Fourth Party

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Happy May the Fourth! What better time to embrace your inner Princess Leia (or Luke Skywalker or Han Solo) than on Star Wars Day? The good news is you have just enough time to put together an awesome May the Fourth party. Here are some easy pointers on throwing a May the Fourth party that everyone will enjoy.

  • Get your house in the Star Wars spirit. Nothing sets the mood for May the Fourth like Star Wars-inspired décor. There are a lot of Star Wars DIY party decorations floating around online – like paper lightsabers, C3PO and R2D2 cut-out banners, and BB-8-inspired paper lanterns– so get busy crafting!
  • Set up an awesome snack table. It’s pretty easy to set up a Star Wars-themed snack table. Grab some pretzel sticks and coat them in melted candy wafers, and, voilà – you’ve got lightsaber pretzel sticks. Wookie cookies, Stormtrooper marshmallow pops, even a nice Death Star cake – the possibilities are endless. Make a big batch of Yoda soda and Aunt Beru’s blue milk so your guests can wash it all down.
  • Dress up for the occasion. A May the Fourth party wouldn’t be complete without costumes. Bring out that old Star Wars Halloween costume or even your favorite Star Wars-inspired shirt. Make Princess Leia’s iconic hair buns with sock buns or lengths of brown yarn. You can also show some love for your favorite Jedi master by dressing in a green shirt and sporting some pointy felt ears.
  • Plan some fun games. While watching your favorite trilogy (original, prequel, or sequel) might seem like the obvious choice, why not add a little life to your May the Fourth party with some games? A trivia game will get everyone’s competitive spirit up and finally decide who the biggest Star Wars geek is among your friends. Lightsaber limbo is also a great way to keep everyone in the party spirit. Have lots of fun, you will.
  • Pass on the Star Wars love. Yoda knew what he was talking about when he said, “Always pass on what you have learned.” A May the Fourth party is the perfect way to make padawans out of kids or even friends who aren’t exactly feeling The Force.

With these tips, you’re sure to have a May the Fourth party just as lively as Mos Eisley’s cantina. Need some help for your party? Check out our Home and Garden collection on MassGenie.com for some items you might need.