10 T-shirts That Look Chic, Not Sloppy

Are your drawers stuffed with T-shirts that are stretched-out, stained or so old they really should have come with an expiration date? It’s time to shed the hubby’s too-big tops or those ancient college hold-outs for some fresh styles that go from casual chic to night-time glam. It’s tee time!

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Class Act

Take super-soft pale tissue cotton and add stripes of dark silk crepe de chine and you get one stylish T-shirt. We think this will become your new office-wear staple.

J.Crew Silk Stripe Tee, $29.50, Jcrew.com


Pleats, Please

Who says a T-shirt has to be blah? This striped jersey number uses pleats to create pretty folds in front. It comes in pink, green or gray –- oh, heck, you might as well just order all three.

Deletta Pleated Yoke Tee, $48, Anthropologie.com


The New Basic

OK, all those faded and worn out T-shirts you’ve had since college? Seriously, it’s time to toss them. Get up right now and empty your dresser drawer. You need to make room for this new style. Loose-fitting without looking the least bit sloppy, the side seaming gives a blouson feel, making this your new best friend.

C&C California Hi-Low Square Top, $39.90, Candccalifornia.com

C&C California

Cold Shoulder

Love the comfort of a T-shirt, but yearn for something with a little sexy sizzle? Check out this off-the-shoulder style. The stretch jersey lets you pull the straps down for after work drinks. It also comes in purple, but we’re drawn to this flame red version.

The Limited Off-the-Shoulder Tee, $34.90, thelimited.com

The Limited

Time to Lace Up

This is a T-shirt? Oh, it certainly is, and a completely lovely one, at that. Crocheted lace and flutter sleeves give this cotton style a romantic touch. Available in white, rosewood and khaki, it’s the perfect way to dress up a pair of jeans this summer.

Sundance Flutter Sleeve Lace Tee, $48, Sundancecatalog.com


Braided Beauty

Yes, this T-shirt is much more expensive than the plain white Hanes styles you find in the men’s department, but we suspect you’ll be wearing it over and over and over again -- and it'll do a lot more for your figure. A braided trim lines the scoop neck and the stripes and panels add stylish interest. Lightweight and long, we can’t think of a better picture of “easy, breezy.”

Ella Moss Margherita Oversized Tee, $108, Nordstrom.com


Disco Diva

Did someone say the '70s are back? We’ve got Blondie and ABBA on repeat on the iPod and can’t wait to get our “Saturday Night Fever” on in this blinged out, ultra-glam T-shirt. The one draped sleeve/one twisted strap combo is sexy, without showing too much skin. Still, we don’t think John Travolta would turn down a chance to hit the dance floor with you wearing this.

Michael Stars Rhinestone Twisted Shoulder Tee, $78, Michaelstars.com

Michael Stars

Errand Runner

Be honest: When you run out to the grocery store or take a trip to the farmer’s market, do you just toss on any old shirt before heading out the door? Umm hmmm. Thought so. Avoid any embarrassing run-ins, by scooping up a few of these styles. Perfect for yoga class, errand-running or even meeting a friend for a casual Sunday brunch, embroidery gives this cotton shirt a dressed up vibe while not being at all fussy.

Athleta Del Toro Tee, $49, athleta.com


Not So Plain White Tee

Every woman needs white T-shirts in her wardrobe, but just a little floral embellishment on this cotton style takes things from ho-hum to hot, hot, hot!

Merona Scoop Neck Embellished Tee, $14.99, Target.com


Black and White So Right

Simple bold black and white stripes give this extremely inexpensive T-shirt a very expensive look. Seriously -- $6? Lift jaw from floor.

Norma Kamali for Walmart Organic Cotton Stripe Tee, $6, Walmart.com




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First Published June 6, 2011

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Oceana LOTT06.15.2011

What a smart looking T! I love the detail at the neckline and slightly off-the-shoulder too! Striking! This would be pretty with some white linen wide-legged pants and some fabulous colorful earrings.

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