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The humble white tee is as versatile as it comes--a building block for any outfit, a wardrobe staple on which you could spend $5 or $500. But how to style one to look like a fashionable lady and not, well, a waiter? Take a look at our eight tips.

V Neck
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V Neck

This universally flattering neckline draws the eye down and elongates your top half. Pair it with a delicate pendant necklace and a pinstriped trench or boyfriend blazer.

Gap ($17)

Oversized

Oversized

Like it was stolen from your guy’s closet, a tent tee has a lived-in, cool-kid appeal. Half-tuck this slouchy bad boy into wide-leg jeans and add a huge, colorful tote. The straight silhouette of the bottom makes it OK to pump up the volume on top.

Frame Denim ($90)

Crewneck
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Crewneck

The ubiquitous crewneck is simple, sleek? and sometimes astoundingly expensive. Though you can, of course, keep it casual with shorts or jeans, we like to take it out on the town with pleated, semi-slouchy trousers and feminine sandals. Minimalist chic.

J.Crew ($30)

 

Long and Lean

Long & Lean

Bum coverage is the big advantage to a tunic-style topper. Play with proportions and try this tee under a tailored jacket with sleek leggings. Add sky-high booties and don?t forget an envelope clutch.

RACHEL Rachel Roy ($39)

Slub Tee
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Slub Knit

Thanks to paper-thin construction, a pretty sheer tee can easily replace your go-to silk blouse. A flowery midi skirt and a slick of red lipstick (and a peekaboo black lace bra, if you’re feeling flirty) make this one fancy enough for work or a date night.

Splendid ($108)

Muscle

Muscle

The tiniest cap sleeve creates the illusion of toned arms (no dumbbells required), so don’t shy away from showing some shoulder. This borrowed-from-the-boys style pairs perfectly with feminine accents, but we say go edgier: Try a sloppy tuck into an embellished leather pencil skirt, then add badass sandals and killer shades.

Alexander Wang ($80)

Scoop Neck
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Scoop Neck

This style loves to be layered: An olive-toned anorak (with scrunched-up sleeves) and sleek skinnies keep things interesting. Pile on the chains and pendants to draw the focus upward.

James Perse ($50) 

Fitted1
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Fitted

Rachel from Friends and the Olsen twins would agree: The perennially stylish fitted tee (think a boy’s undershirt) always looks super-clean and gives you the joy of a blank canvas. Tuck it into a high-waisted midi skirt and drape a leather moto jacket for an unexpected cocktail look.

Hanes 6-Pack ($14)

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