This Cheap Basic Is Spring's Outfit Hero—I'll Explain With These 5 Looks

There are certain staples that live up to the whole wardrobe-essential idea based on their versatility and classic nature. The basic white T-shirt is one of those pieces. In reality, we probably don’t even need to sit here and explain to you just why a white tee is worth adding into your rotation, but to sum it up: The piece truly acts as an always-in-style foundation to a range of looks. As of late, celebrities, in particular, have been embracing the white tee look as a staple in their coolest ensembles, proving that the often cheap basic (that favorite Hanes style rings in at just $6) is more or less a spring outfit hero at this point.

We scrolled through a smattering of street style imagery to show you the chicest A-lister spring outfits featuring that tried-and-true white tee (whether it’s a standard crew, tank, or V-neck iteration). Keep reading to uncover how celebs like Hailey Bieber and Kaia Gerber are wearing their T-shirts now. Plus, you can shop the inspired outfit if you’re ready to give one a whirl.


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On Hailey Bieber: Staud jacket; Brandy Melville jeans; Bottega Veneta bag; Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers ($90)

Into the cropped-tee vibe? Try one with a bold trench coat (one of spring’s top trends) teamed with straight-leg jeans and white sneakers.


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On Kaia Gerber: Reformation Dylan Belted Organic Denim Jacket ($168) and High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans ($148); By Far Sofia Leather Ankle Boots ($562)

The Canadian-tuxedo look is still holding strong as a laid-back yet forward silhouette to test out with a white T-shirt this spring.


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On Yara Shahidi: Adidas Sleek Leather Sneakers

This is one outfit formula that just always works: a classic crew-neck tee, slouchy blazer, straight-leg jeans, and sneakers.


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On Kendall Jenner: Danielle Guizio blazer; Prada bag; Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($60)

A leather blazer with a white tee is inherently cool. While a skirt or jeans would work with this look, the black trousers bring an extra element of sophistication—yes, even with the Chuck Taylors.


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On Emily Ratajkowski: Veja Esplar Low Sneakers ($120); Versace sunglasses

Break up a monochromatic trench and trousers ensemble with a V-neck cropped tee for a chill-yet-chic feel.

Next, check out the best white T-shirts to buy at Nordstrom right now.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.