A personalized T-shirt is not exactly what most women have in mind for an outfit that slays. Typically, it’s some designer ensemble that costs an arm and a leg. But if you only rely on luxury brands to stylishly stand out, you are missing out, and you are letting clothes wear you instead of the other way around.

If you own a few personalized women’s T-shirts, especially those provided by your company for events, then you have the perfect opportunity to stretch your fashion know-how and use your imagination.

Need a few ideas to inspire you? Here are six ways you can use a personalized T-shirt for an outfit-of-the-day (OOTD) extravaganza.

1. Pair it with a metallic midi pleated skirt.

Look dainty and picnic-ready by going for a shirt and pleated skirt ensemble. Tuck your shirt into your skirt, cinch the waist with a belt, and wear a pair of sandals, sneakers, or ballet flats for an effortlessly feminine look.

There’s nothing much to this ensemble other than a sweet attitude to go with the charming silhouette of the two main pieces.

2. Go retro in the metro.

Find yourself a pair of bell-bottom jeans (available at thrift stores) to partner with your shirt. You have the option to tuck or untuck for a look straight out of the seventies.

Or, you can knot the hem of the shirt to sit at the high waist of your bell-bottom,s as if you’re one of the original Charlie’s Angels. Complete the look with a pair of platform shoes and a scarf around the neck.

3. Grunge your shirt up with a spaghetti strap dress.

Revisit a few of Alicia Silverstone’s magazine covers from the nineties to get a solid idea of how even the baggiest of T-shirts can look cool with a spaghetti strap dress. The key here is to make sure that the dress is about as loose as the shirt.

Wear a baseball cap (or a promotional cap, which many search around for in flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores) or a beret, Soho sunglasses, and chunky lace-up boots for that vintage alternative-rock music video muse look.

4. Create a sexy casual look with a button-down midi pencil skirt.

Button-down midi pencil skirts are all the rage for the spring and summer. Fashion “it” girl Lauren Conrad has shown how it’s down by sashaying around in a lovely yellow pineapple button down midi pencil skirt paired with a regular tee.

The entire look is charming and sexy because of the feminine silhouette the pencil skirt creates. However, it is also comfortable, making it perfect for brunch dates as well as running a few errands.

5. Be street chic with go-go shorts and thigh-high socks.

Street fashion is all about an eclectic mix of pieces, and for whatever oversized personalized you own, you can look street right away by pairing it with go-shorts and thigh high socks.

Overall the vibe is relaxed, but sexy and ultra-fashionable. If you want to be a little “extra,” don a turban or a hat, as well as a pair of funky sunnies. Wear your shirt (which you may have gotten as a freebie) with all these hip pieces, and you will look trendy and expensive.

6. Look lean and mean with skinny jeans.

While mom jeans are all the rage among the young folks, you still can rock your tee with skinny jeans for that lean and “I mean business” kind of look. The key to this style is proportions.

If your T-shirt is baggy, fold up the sleeves thrice and keep the shirt untucked from your skinny jeans, wear high-heels, and perhaps even a long boxy blazer or cropped jacket. The shirt will take on the proportions of a tunic. But, if your shirt is a slim-fit, tuck it in neatly like a bodysuit and wear ankle boots. Whichever style you go with, for sure, you will look like a woman of power.

T-shirts are the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe, be they fancy designer ones, personalized pieces, or freebies from your office or an event. As long as you have imagination, there’s no limit to the awesome OOTDs you can create even with just one T-shirt, no matter its fit or color.


Momin Rabbani is the Founder of Emirates Apparel in Dubai, a trademark of Aston GB General Trading Co LLC. The company has secured authorised UAE distributor status of the world-famous American brands Fruit of the Loom and Russell Europe, also known as Jerzees. Emirates Apparel aims to be the leading supplier of quality promotional, work wear and leisurewear garments in the UAE.