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.
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.