How To Wear The Contents Of Your T-Shirt Drawer The Fashion Week Way

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I'm willing to put down some good money that most people have a drawer that contains random T-shirts they mostly wear to bed (if you are the type of person who only sleeps in proper pajamas and hangs up your T-shirts, this article is definitely not for you, but please leave a comment and tell us all your secrets). These shirts have come from all over the place: freebie gift bags, vintage stores, your college days, team-building activities, and bachelorette parties. You pull one out to wear on putzing-around-the-house days, and to gym sessions where you're just looking to get a sweat in during an off-hour. But, in an actual outfit?

Yes, definitely -- if you take Fashion Week attendees' summer looks as any evidence that a plain graphic T-shirt (the baggy, boxy, not-so-fashion-y kind) can look incredible when you wear it with dressed-up separates. All it takes is a smart cuff, some creative accessorizing, and making sure that your bottoms are really pulling their weight. Scroll through to see five outfits that incorporate your bedtime T-shirts. Then, go forth and finally take them out into the daylight -- sleep no more!

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Double-cuff a big tee to give the sleeves a little bit of a blousing effect, and tuck it into a structured skirt. Infinity XP if the skirt is covered in kitties.

Photograph by Melodie Jeng.

For extra-extra-large tees, consider cutting them into muscle tanks -- and wearing them with tailored trousers and dime-store accessories.

Photograph by Melodie Jeng.

Oversized black tees have the potential to look as polished as blouses, as long as you pair them with jewel tones in streamlined but exaggerated silhouettes. This long pencil skirt and Cambridge Satchel Company bag offset the casualness of the T-shirt.

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A plain striped T-shirt like this calls for a loud print on the bottom. Dressy shoes (and a done-up makeup look) can turn a tee into a party-ready top.


Heavy-metal, biker, and skateboard shirts are thrift-store gold. Wear them layered on top of your long-sleeved shirts and tucked into high-rise pants for a new model-off-duty uniform.

By: Connie Berg