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6 Fresh Ways to Dress Your T-Shirt Up or Down

A muscle tee with a pencil skirt, a tonal layered look, a deconstructed suit, and other adventures in T-shirt styling.

By Madeleine Kim

We recently developed a line of T-shirts with one humble goal in mind: to create the best tees anyone has ever worn. That means they’re so comfortable we want to wear them constantly, so durable we can wear them constantly, and so polished we will wear them to work (once we get the go-ahead to return to the office).

One thing we know: Beautiful clothes start with beautiful fabrics. We worked with an incredible, female-owned factory in Lima, Peru, to source the very best hand-picked Pima cotton. (For the fabric nerds out there: Hand-picking results in extra-long cotton fibers, which are softer and longer lasting than most of the cotton you’ll find.) Next, we meticulously fitted each style to make sure they’d fall beautifully, flatter a variety of body types, and pair seamlessly with the rest of our collection. Below, M.M. employees Lauren and Shelby model six ways to wear our tees in both casual and formal settings.

The Cozy WFH Look

The Leslie top—our most classic tee—features extended short sleeves that give it a little extra sophistication. If you’re in the mood for some color, there’s something magical about verbena—it looks like a cross between green-tea ice cream and budding trees at twilight. Wear it on its own, or layer it under a neutral sweater, with the neckline peeking through for a dash of color.

The Tonal Layered Ensemble

Layering isn’t just for keeping warm—it’s also a great way to create fresh shapes with the pieces in your wardrobe. Wear the Rochelle tank over the Paige top to add interest to your neckline. Pair these pieces with the Anderson pant for a relaxed-yet-sophisticated look, and add the Willow vest to complete your easy summer suit. Sticking to a neutral color palette helps keep your layers looking crisp and clean.

The Off-Duty Uniform

It’s April in NYC—which means we’re still just wearing the traditional New York uniform: all black, all the time. But since it’s almost summer, we’re throwing in a contrasting jardigan to lighten things up. We’re excited to wear this outfit for a weekend coffee date or outdoor drinks with our chic mentor at some point, but for now, we’ll just wear it on our daily dog walks.

The Power-Casual Separates

Who knew a muscle tee and a pencil skirt would be a match made in heaven? (Editor’s note: Our Brand Stylist, Nyjerah, did.) The Alina top features uniquely shaped armholes that allow for a more elevated silhouette than that of your typical tee. Add a thick belt for an ultra-cool, power-casual outfit that will make them wonder, “Who’s that?” The answer, of course: “She’s a BFD.”

The Color-Blocked Outfit

Thanks to its tailored shape, the Paige top is the ideal piece to tuck into a fitted skirt. This color-blocking masterclass of an outfit is composed completely of stretchy, comfortable fabrics—a necessity for working from home, but also nice in most other situations.

The Deconstructed Suit

You can absolutely wear a T-shirt with a suit—just make sure you choose a tee that’s polished enough to complement the formality of the suit, rather than detract from it. Mix things up by pairing jackets and bottoms in different fabrics and colors. We’ll be slipping into this look for our next big Zoom meeting. (There’s something about occasionally wearing a suit that makes us feel powerful and capable—even when we’re working from home.)

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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