How to style a T-shirt dress 3 ways

T-shirts are a wardrobe staple, but you can step up your fashion game by having a basic T-shirt dress in your closet lineup. Don’t be intimated by the word dress. A T-shirt dress is just as versatile as a regular tee. To prove it, we pulled together three different outfits that feature a T-shirt dress as the cornerstone of each look.

For all of our looks, we used this amazing thrift-store find — a new-with-tags T-shirt dress from J. Jill featuring simple black and white stripes. This dress is made of 100% cotton, making it a great material to wear multiple ways. Always consider the fabric composition of a dress before purchasing if you’re looking to wear it as a wardrobe staple. This will help you find something secondhand that is versatile and easy to take care of.

Outfit 1: Casual

A T-shirt dress can be perfectly styled casually. While there is nothing wrong with wearing a T-shirt dress on its own, there are ways you can up your style cred by adding a few more pieces to complete your look. For this T-shirt dress outfit, we added a utility vest from Decree that has some fun detailing on the shoulders for more visual interest. This eliminates the need to add a necklace or statement earrings. We completed the look with some trendy sandals and a suede crossbody purse. This look would be perfect for a casual night out with friends or strolling the farmer’s market.

Outfit 2: Sporty

When you think of wearing a dress, you automatically think of wearing it for a dressier occasion, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. This look is perfect for wearing to a baseball game or running errands on the weekend. This look is surprisingly easy to put together, and it’s actually the accessories that complete the outfit. Pair your T-shirt dress with a baseball hat, backpack purse and some sneakers. Boom! Done and out the door!

Outfit 3: Dressy

Just because a dress can be worn casually does not mean you can’t dress it up either. To up the fancy factor, we paired our T-shirt dress with a bright green blazer from Express. We love how bold the green color is when coupled with the simple black and white stripes on the dress. For accessories, we would complete the outfit with a statement necklace and pointy toe pumps to elongate the legs. See? This look proves that you can have the best of both worlds!

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit


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