There's no simpler, more classic wardrobe staple than a plain white T-shirt.
Crew neck, V neck, pocketed or fitted, it's a go-to for all seasons and the perfect backdrop on which to highlight one of fall's fab fashion trends. Consider it a top-down approach to building an outfit: Start with a classic T on the top, then go bold, boho or basic on the bottom.
A bonus: If you begin with an inexpensive T, you'll have more pocket change to splurge on building the rest of your outfit.
Here are four looks to try, using skirts and pants.
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Our classic T-shirt
Mossimo Supply Co. juniors pocket V-neck tee, $8, Target.
Mastering the midi
Harking back to the days of style icons such as Audrey Hepburn, "midi"-length (or, below the knee) skirts follow fall's hot trend of ladylike looks. Think you're too young to pull off a midi? Try one in a modern pattern and stay way ahead of the fashion curve. Arrow Feather Skirt, $328, Anthropologie.
Perk up your look with an extra punch of color via fall's loudest trend: colored denim. Available in jewel-tone options such as emerald green, bold red and electric blue, colorful denim can be fun and comfy when paired with a white T-shirt and black cardigan. City Streets Super Skinny Jean in Prince Blue, $38, J.C Penney.
Fun, flirty and feminine, pleated skirts say "vintage-cool." Pair your white T-shirt with a pleated skirt, cardigan and opaque tights for a fall outfit that is youthful and structured. LC Lauren Conrad pleated skirt, $50, Kohl's.
A throwback to the bohemian style of the '70s, retro flared denim is groovy for fall. Pull on a pair matched with your basic T and stacked bangles, and you'll look far-out. Seven For All Mankind Jiselle Flare in Earheart, $198, Jean Guru.