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How To Style 1 Basic Tee In 5 Formal Ways!

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When Kristen Stewart stepped onto one of the world’s most important red carpets wearing a basic t-shirt, not only was it something you expected from her but it looked freaking fantastic! Paired with a pearly white Chanel pencil skirt and pointy-toe pumps, KStew didn’t wear the combination just once, she was bold enough to do it twice. The second time around, she picked a black sweater tee with another skirt from Chanel, with peep-toe Christian Louboutin stilettos.

My point is, who here thought a simple tee could double up as a formal piece in your closet? Certainly not me! Since we now have enough proof thanks to Miss Stewart, I’ve taken the liberty of styling a basic white tee (a staple in every girl’s closet) to make it look as formal as possible.

Here’s where you can get your basic tee:


NEXT Basic White Tee_Hauterfly

NEXT Linen T-Shirt (Rs 1,183)


And here’s how you can style it…


1 Tee, 5 Formal Ways Look 1

1. With a skirt like Kristen Stewart

The first time you try it, do it like Kristen. Pair your white tee with a slick little pencil skirt. Contrasting stilettos and gold jewellery added to the mix will work like a charm. Alternatively, you could skip the tall heels and go for a pair of brogues if your party is formal but not exactly a red carpet.

Express Navy & White Skirt (Rs 2,500 approx)
Dorothy Perkins Red Stilettos (Rs 1,745)
Forever 21 Necklace (Rs 329)

1 Tee, 5 Formal Ways Look 2

2. With high-waisted trousers

A pair of well-fitting high waist trousers can take you through any outing. Not only do they make you look taller, they also tend to highlight all the right parts of your frame. Go monochrome and wear black trousers with your white t-shirt. Choose your comfiest pair of wedges (make sure just the toe peeps out) and carry your sparkliest clutch.

Forever New Fiona Palazzo Pants (Rs 2,095)
SG Collection Iridescent Crossbody Bag (Rs 3,500)
Bebe Dinnaa Wedges (Rs 7,380 approx)

1 Tee, 5 Formal Ways Look 3

3. With a shimmering dress

The only way to wear sequins in the day without blinding anyone is by covering some of it up. Pair a bodycon, sequinned dress with your basic white tee. All you need to do is twist your tee into a knot at the back and throw on your favourite sneakers and sunnies to match.

Nasty Gal Sequin Dress (Rs 3,690)
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers (Rs 6,900 approx)
PropShop24 Winged Aviators (Rs 1250)

1 Basic Tee 5 Formal Ways Look 4

4. With a blazer

This is the oldest trick in the book, but a foolproof one. A blazer has the power to instantly make anything look formal. Wear yours with a pair of flared jeans and a hold-all tote — this way, you can wear your basic tee to work too.

New Look Jersey Blazer (Rs 2,195)
ONLY Flared Jeans (Rs 3,500 approx)
Topshop Shopper (Rs 2,700)

1 Basic Tee 5 Formal Ways Look 5

5. With culottes

Now this is one Sonam Kapoor would definitely approve of. Remember how she wore her culottes when she was in Cannes? Replace her off-shoulder top with your white t-shirt and wear it with your favourite ankle strap sandals. If it’s good for Sonam, it’s good for us!

Missguided Ribbed Culottes (Rs 1,483)
Charles & Keith Block Heel Platforms (Rs 6,299)
Micare Liza Earrings (Rs 4,560)


A writer, social media expert, and self-proclaimed beauty junkie, Anushka's alter ego Pocket Stylist is a platform to showcase her everyday style, must-haves, and tips. A graduate from the London College of Fashion, her taste is current, trendy, and highly accessible. She’s also a certified hair stylist.

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