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A plain white T-shirt is a staple of pretty much everyone’s wardrobe, but sometimes you need something with an edge. Enter the plain black tee, which is just as comfortable but injects new life into our go-to outfits—such as these eight below.

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With a Midi Skirt and Rock-Star Booties

A dark tee is a terrific way to dress down pieces that are on the fancy side. The casual top balances a color-blocked skirt and shiny booties (and just so happens to be a great way to keep an outfit from looking too done).

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With a Miniskirt and Sneakers

Sure, you might not be able to rock this look until it gets warm again (or until your January vacay to Miami), but keep this idea top of mind. It’s fun and easy and totally makes it look like you’re the cool girl on the tennis team who refuses to wear whites.

RELATED: 15 Outfits to Wear with Your New White Sneakers

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With a Leather Skirt and Black Sneakers

Remember how we said a black tee could dress down a fancier skirt and boots? Same here, just with leather. A skirt you might typically reserve for nighttime becomes totally day-appropriate when styled with a black T-shirt and your favorite Nike running shoes. 

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With Ripped Jeans and a Blazer

Date night, anyone? A graphic black T-shirt tucked into high-waisted, distressed jeans paired with a tuxedo blazer casually slung over your shoulders is a chic and easy combo that deserves a spot in your regular rotation. 

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With Overalls and Festive Heels

We know what you’re thinking—overalls?! Yes. While not for the meek, if you style them correctly, they don’t have to look like the OshKosh ones you wore as a kid. A perfect-fitting pair in black is modern and cool, and though they look great with heeled sandals, your favorite sneakers are a solid option, too.

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With Slouchy Pants and Slip-On Shoes

Hello, comfort. Loose-fitting printed pants and cool woven slip-ons were basically made for pairing with a casual top, which you should probably tuck in (or accent with a wide belt) to keep from looking sloppy. 

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With Black Jeans and a Moto Jacket

Presenting our ideal weekend outfit: The combination on the woman on the left is totally effortless and cool. Think of this as the classic jeans and a T-shirt look but ever so slightly turned up with an on-trend leather jacket and a Western belt for good measure.

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Or With a Contrasting Coat

The beauty of this outfit is that the coat is completely interchangeable. A solid black base (of a T-shirt, jeans or pants and boots) makes it so that you can accessorize as much or as little as you’d like.

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