Don’t we all own classic T-shirts as part of our collections?. Are they easy and timeless? Do they have a utilitarian edge that holds everything else together? If your answer is a yes, then the T-shirt should be a workhorse item in your closet, be it designer or the kind that comes out of a pack.

Q: One of my colleagues recently asked me about ways to style T-shirts.

So here goes it, in this installment of how to wear it, three ways to dress up or dress down your favorite piece of clothing.

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Adding Pizzazz to everyday Jeans

Dress up Your Skinny jeans for an instantly polished runaround look as it’s too easy to look shlumpy. A pair of proper shoes, and a quick throw of a long scarf add instant panache. Need more polish? Nothing beats a finely tailored jacket to take this look up to a whole other sophisticated level.

Heading over to your favorite coffee house to work? Sub your purse for a well styled iPad case. And there you have good to go outfit that’s perfect for the work from home entrepreneur.

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Dressing a Bold Skirt

Dress down a bold skirt by anchoring it with a white T-shirt. You know that skirt that often seems a bit too-too with everything else? Tone down the madness and up the accessories. Toss something equally classic, and unexpected, like a cool jacket over your shoulder.

Try a satchel bag without any hardware as not to compete with the pattern or your jacket. Add strappy sandals and an interesting, but lightweight, necklace to bring the eye up.

Voila, that bold skirt just got a very wearable lease on life.

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Pajama Street Chic

Either dressy or super casual, silky pajama pants get street chic with the help of an equally comfy white T-shirt. Here’s where you can get in trouble- pairing two pieces that make you want to snuggle up and take a nap.

Accessories, especially ones with hard angles to balance the drappiness (or sloppy potential) of your PJ’s and T. Try a sexy wedge and a pair of glam cat eyeglasses for a more refined, dressy look. And, don’t forget a belt to hold the line together and add substance.

For a super casual runaround outfit that doesn’t have you looking like you rolled out of bed, opt for more designed sneakers rather than the gym kind. I like a metallic edge. Do try a structured bag in a vivid color (I have my eye on the one pictured), and seal the deal with a softly wrapped scarf around your neck

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