Often cast aside as banal, the T-shirt was beautifully transformed this season by designers both high and low. These versions are anything but basic:

We can't keep our lips sealed about how much we adore this daring number from Markus Lupfer ($170). Paired with jeans, shorts or even leggings, its versatile style speaks volumes.

Known for its striking red dresses and fanciful frills, the house of Valentino has created a T-shirt for the hautest of situations. Albeit extravagant, this ultra-glamorous tee ($790) maintains the couture aesthetic and adds panache to an otherwise mundane ensemble.

Rather not dip into the rainy-day fund? We suggest T by Alexander Wang, the designer du jour's bridge line of affordable, chic basics ($80), or J. Crew's comfy, linen tees ($35), to breathe easy while still staying on trend.

If you're really looking to turn heads, Sonia Rykiel, the queen of quirk and sailor stripes, has created a playful, Left Bank-inspired choice ($137) that's appropriate for a lazy beach day or a laid-back night.

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