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How to Look Classy in a T-Shirt

February 20, 2023

I’m Abby!.
I'm a certified & published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, color analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.

T-shirts get a bad rap: but I’m here to tell you that while they are casual, there’s nothing inherently “lazy” about them. How classy or put-together you look depends completely on what style of shirt you wear, how you wear it, and how well the shirt is maintained. Read more to learn about a few tips and tricks on how to look classy in a t-shirt, from a professional stylist!

Everlane: The Premium-Weight Crew

When buying t-shirts:


  1. Consider your face shape. V-necklines highlight angular (triangular, inverted triangle, or diamond) face shapes, whereas crew neck or scoop necklines look better for rounder (ovular or circular) faces.
  2. Consider the length of your neck. If your neck is shorter, opt for a v-neck t-shirt to make it appear longer!
  3. Choose sturdy cotton with a heavier fabric weight. T-shirts that are less prone to creasing will look more expensive and work appropriate.
  4. Make sure the shirt is longer-line — that is, at least 8” past the waist (unless you’re going for that crop-top look!).
  5. For both wider and narrower arms, buy a t-shirt with ample room in the sleeves. Tight sleeves are undershirt and athleisure reminiscent, so keep the occasion in mind when you’re picking a shirt to wear!
  6. If you have enough v-neck t-shirts, try out short sleeve henleys (shirts with a few buttons below the collar) instead!

6 different face shapes

To keep t-shirts looking fresh:


  1. Wash your graphic tees inside out, and in a laundry bag to slow down the natural fading process.
  2. Steaming your t-shirts and hanging them in your closet will make them look good as new, and make your overall look appear more put together. The days of wrinkly, faded t-shirts are behind you.

Man in black tshirt leaning on rock

Being a personal stylist in Silicon Valley, I’ve seen my fair share of clients that love wearing t-shirts on the daily. I would never try to take away something you feel comfortable and confident in — but there are ways to up-level your t-shirt game! I hope this article was helpful for you — if you’re interested in having your own stylist to answer any more of your styling questions, feel free to book a call with me HERE!

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