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12 Chic Ways to Style an Oversized Shirt

Redefine the T-shirt and jeans combo with these cool tricks.
12 Chic Ways to Style an Oversized Shirt
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Redefine the T-shirt and jeans combo with these cool tricks.

With the streetwear trend as ubiquitous as ever, oversized shirts have become wardrobe staples for every kind of fashion girl. But, styling an oversized shirt isn't as easy as throwing on a puff-sleeved blouse. Given its basic shape and often simple fabric, it takes a good dose of creativity to look on point—otherwise, you'll look basic. Here, we present a myriad of ways you could work the XL tee into your everyday outfits. 

1. Pair your oversized shirt with biker shorts. 

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To offset the baggy shape of the oversized shirt, slip into a pair of biker shorts and add accessories. Take your cue from Laureen Uy's chain necklace and tinted sunglasses. 

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2. For an instantly cool look, tuck your tee into slim-fit jeans. 

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To easily pull off an oversized shirt without looking like you just rolled out of bed, nail a sophisticated look by tucking in your tee into slim-fit jeans. Plus points if it's a subtle bootleg. 

3. Brighten up an ordinary white tee with statement pants. 

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Leave it to Sofia Richie to make a white T-shirt look cool. Here, she elevates an otherwise basic outfit with gold-toned printed trousers and stiletto heels. If you ask us, a fabulous animal print should do the trick. Read: snakeskin, leopard, dalmatian spots, zebra... basically any fierce animal you could think of. 

4. Look put-together in flared trousers. 

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Oversized shirts aren't just for nailing a casual streetwear look. You can look extra chic in one when you pair it with the right separates. A foolproof strategy is to go for flared trousers of the same hue for a monochromatic look. It'll make you look taller, too. 

5. Play it safe with cuffed or tapered jeans.

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Yep, we didn't know Elle Fanning could look this good in just a tee-and-jeans combo. Take cues from her simple, all-white outfit by sporting a pair of slim-fit jeans—not skinny—that are either cuffed or tapered at the hem. It's a clean look that strikes a balance between laidback and "street." 

6. Throw on a blazer for added drama.

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For days when you need to look a little more polished, throw on a tailored blazer with bold shoulders. It looks exceptionally great when worn with biker shorts, as they make your legs look longer. The outfit can totally transition you from day to night, too. For your daytime affairs, put on a pair of chunky dad sneakers and switch them out for sleek heels at night. 

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7. For a balanced look, go for slim-fit trousers. 

The secret to looking put-together is to consider the details. For example, if the oversized tee above was worn with light wash denim instead, it wouldn't have been an impactful outfit. The luxe feel and shiny look of leather pants can make any outfit look more expensive. Make sure you keep an eye out for other fabrics like jacquard and silk. Oh, and don't forget to choose tasteful accessories, too.

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8. Dark denim can make you look more sophisticated. 

If you live in jeans, consider wearing dark wash pairs or raw denim ones. Light wash jeans tend to make an outfit look ultra-casual, so try to avoid them if you're going for a balanced look. Here, Grace NickelsEmma Roberts' sister—wears a Rolling Stones tee with straight-cut jeans and Nike sneakers. 

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9. Amp up the loose silhouette by wearing culottes. 

Sometimes, embracing a singular silhouette is just as impactful as a proportionately balanced look (as seen in the previous examples). Why don't you play with volume by wearing the baggiest trousers you can find in your closet? Then, simply French tuck your shirt in afterward. 

10. Experiment with prints. 

Although solid-colored trousers are an easy way to style an oversized shirt, sometimes, you get more style points for being adventurous. Start by considering pants in simple prints like checkered, gingham, or plaid. Keep in mind that in this case, oversized shirts will look best with small scale prints. It'll balance the shirt's weighty shape and lengthen your figure, too. 

11. Achieve feminine grunge through tea-length skirts.

Skirts aren't just for dainty blouses. Add some edge to your slip skirts by topping it off with an oversized shirt or sweater. We love how the look above played with color by pairing tie-dye prints in different color palettes. If you're not so keen on color though, simply pair a black skirt with a roomy white tee and you're good to go. 

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12. Layer it with a dress.

Those sundresses from yesteryears have an afterlife in the form of the 'shirt-over-dress' combo. Maximize those feminine dresses in your closet by adding an androgynous twist: Throw an oversized button-down or any baggy shirt on top, and finish off the look with combat boots. Or, you can do it the other way around by layering a sultry dress on top of your XL tee. Try a logo-printed shirt instead of a plain one for a change. 

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