This article will come in handy, if you work in an office environment of 25 degrees Celsius that makes you feel like you’re in the Maldives in the middle of winter. This is the case with me and I often feel uncomfortable coming to the office, knowing it’s that warm and that I cannot change the temperature. So I got used to wearing a completely different outfit to work and using a lot of plain white T-shirts that I wear underneath blazers or knitwear. Most often I end up just wearing short sleeves in the office, partly because it gives me a bigger sense of freedom and it allows me to work more easily. A plain white T-shirt is most certainly a must have piece; but not all T-shirts are made to wear under a blazer, not all of them have the same level of quality or even style. I generally buy mine at Max&Co, but most are from JCrew. I buy these in the USA (or at www.netaporter.com). They’re made of quality cotton that doesn’t change shape and stays useful throughout the year. I advise you to think about these qualities when you’re buying your T-shirts, and pay a bit more; it will keep it from looking crumpled or old after the second washing. As for the office outfits, try these.
White T-shirt, high waisted skirt and bulky knitwear
The latter can be longer, as if it were a coat, or lighter. You can also wear a vest (I would go for a hairy one) in a contrast colour or in neutral tones (so go for black, grey and brown). Liven things up with a nice piece of jewellery and high heels; a vintage broach on your top will look great, you can also add a hat and a shoulder bag. You don’t need much for this combination, because it is minimalistic; but it always works.
White T-shirt, wide skirt, pointed stilettos and a cropped cardigan
A very likeable combination, especially because it includes an A-line skirt, which is a timeless piece of a woman’s wardrobe and that is why we like it so much. If you want a monochromatic version of this outfit, you should wear a belt in a contrast colour; you can try to match it to your shoes or bag, but it’s not necessary to go perfectly match-y. This is where the jewellery plays an important role, as is always the case with white T-shirts, because they need some extra bling. You can really experiment freely here.
White T-shirt and pants, knitwear and jewellery
If you ask me, I would definitely choose boyfriend jeans and wear them with pumps, throw a knitwear over it or a black blazer. This happens to be one of my favourite combinations, I think it always works and is appropriate for every occasion. If you want your pants to be more elegant, you can try black high waisted ones (or leather), either wider or tighter. If you choose wider pants, keep your knitwear tight, but if you choose tighter ones, it can also be more loose. A statement necklace will complete the look, as well as larger hanging earrings. Give it a try, it won’t take long to figure out what looks best on you.