Thank you to our guest blogger Jessi Russell of with photo courtesy of Riss Rahm Photography, used with permission.

It’s good to have a closet filled with endless outfit ideas but it can get confusing. Make the most of your wardrobe when you have a black t-shirt; it’s one look three ways with this essential piece.

Our brains love habit. It’s a fact. Often that’s good but it’s easy to limit the number of outfits we can create, causing us to want to shop more, when we don’t explore the possibilities in our closet.

Think about this example: Let’s say you have a favorite black T-shirt. You always wear it on the weekends when running errands, because it’s comfy. And when you go to reach for it in your closet, you automatically reach for your favorite boyfriend jeans too. It’s your go-to combination that you don’t even have to think about.

Have you ever tried pairing that same T-shirt with a pastel skirt for an upcoming event, rather than buying a new outfit? Have you worn the same tee with different denim styles? Do you invest in layers to change up your tee and jeans combo during colder seasons?

Making the most of wardrobe essentials like a black T-shirt is one of the best ways to get the most value for your money. Think of them as the foundation to any outfit. From there, you can mix and match fun, less expensive items with the basic pieces to change up your look.

One Look, Three Ways – Simple Black T-Shirt

  1. Contrast a black T-shirt with a pastel skirt: Pastel colors are often reserved for spring and summer. When worn with darker colors though, you can easily style them for fall and winter looks too. Pair a floral skirt with a black T-shirt and heels for a chic outfit perfect for the office or a night out.
  2. Keep it simple with denim: A black T-shirt will always pair well with jeans. You can dress a tee up with darker skinny jeans and heels or create a more casual look with boyfriend jeans and sneakers.
  3. Add a layers to create new combinations: Layering pieces like vests, jackets and blazers are always a good investment. They can completely transform almost any outfit plus add warmth in fall and winter.

Challenge yourself to think outside the box when creating outfits BEFORE shopping. You may be surprised at how many hidden combinations are lurking in your closet.