Published 15 July 2021 ● Last Updated on 27 July 2021

Today’s article has been penned by Tiara Safiah and Isha Lian, the newest members of the Swap Squad at Swapaholic. Swapaholic is the Singapore-based clothes and accessory swap platform that seeks to “make fashion circular” and create a real “sustainable fashion” experience. Tiara has a background in fashion design and Isha in retail merchandising. Both of them share a love for styling fashion and are constantly finding creative ways to shop their respective closets. 

Do you feel like you have nothing to wear every time you open your cupboard? You are not alone. The despair that you feel is very common and the urge to run to the nearest shopping mall or log on to your favourite e-commerce platform, to buy something new, even more so. But hold on. You don’t need to splurge or support fast fashion everytime you run out of new ensembles. Instead of a new set of jeans what you need is a new pair of eyes and some inspiration to give your old clothes a creative twist. Here are creative ways in which you can style your old or borrowed oversized t-shirts to notch up your style quotient- saving you a trip to the mall, saving your moolah and helping the planet.

💡ECO FASHION TIP: Don’t have a tee? Borrow one from your partner, friend, sibling or parent to bring this look to life!

💚 Option 1: Team your oversized tee with pants

Boyfriend or baggy jeans pair perfectly with a tee to create a casual street-style look. Straight, flared, or mom jeans pair well with a tee too. Any pants that are not too tight will do the trick!

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You don’t need much to rock an oversized t-shirt; just a pair of loose fitting pants (Image Credit L-R: Amazon, Pretty Little Thing)

Don’t be afraid to mix prints! Rock an oversize vintage tee loosely over printed pants and complete your ensemble with minimalist sandals or sneakers.

Tee with printed pants
Wear an oversized t-shirt with printed pants for a comfortable and stylish look (Image Credit L-R: Editorialist, VHStudios, YesStyle2)

If you want to be ultra-cosy and chic, pair your oversized t-shirt with sweats and white sneakers.

Tee with sneakers
One of our favourite ways to style on oversized tee is to pair it with sweatpants (Image Credit: Wattpad)

Want to add an interesting dimension? Layer a fitted long-sleeve tee underneath a loose graphic tee and finish by tucking your tee into relaxed-fitting jeans.

Have a cute belt or detailing on your pants you want to show off? Tie a knot and you’re good to go! (Video tutorial on Gdrive)

💚 Option 2: Team your oversized tee with skirts

This look is Tiara’s favorite! For all you girls who want to wear skirts without looking too dainty, this one’s for you!

This is a super versatile look! Get that effortless, put-together look by tucking in an oversized tee that features a simple graphic, into a printed midi or maxi skirt. Style tip: Pair a printed tee with a plain bottom and vice versa! This allows you to have a good balance of colour and accent. Of course, if you are feeling extra bold, feel free to pair a printed tee and printed skirt! As long as you rock it with confidence, you are sure to look amazing.

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Rock an oversized t-shirt with confidence by combining it with a midi skirt (Image Credit L-R Top : Fustany, Cutypaste, OutfitStyles, L-R Bottom: MONKI, Stylenanda, Syana Laniyan)

For a more lazy, casual look, leave the oversized tee untucked with a mini skirt. Finish off your look with minimalist sneakers or sandals. Go for boots if you want a more edgy look.

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An oversized t-shirt with a mini skirt can really spruce up a look (Image Credit L-R: Pinterest, Kyleigh Waldvogel)

💚 Option 3: Team your oversized tee  with shorts

  1. Biker shorts and oversized shirts are best friends. They are perfect for running errands in style. And because biker shorts are making a huge comeback, I am asking you to give this look a chance. Try this style with some crew socks, sneakers and thank me later.
tee with biker shorts
Biker shorts and oversized t-shirts are the perfect combo for a cool-girl touch (Image Credit L-R: Saintssuuh, SHEIN)

2. The relaxed style of distressed denim pairs perfectly with a printed band tee or even just a plain white tee. The result? A perfect outfit that you’ll want to wear this summer and beyond.

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Timeless shorts like denim ones make a powerful combo when worn with an oversized tee (Image Credit L-R: Getty Images, PaulaVianna)

3. Want to spice up a basic tee and pair of shorts? Throw on outerwear! It is a simple way to add personality and flair to your outfit. It doesn’t have to be over the top – again, it’s all about expressing who you are. Style tip: Here’s a little trick that can give you a defined waistline. Tie your outerwear around your waist! It gives the illusion of a cinched waist. It’s like magic!

4. Adding accessories with a neutral tone will ground your look. Add necklaces and sophisticated tweed to have a luxe touch to distressed denim shorts.

There you have it ladies! It’s never been easier to convert your existing fashion pieces into trend-setting, show-stopping looks! The next time you’re bored of your closet, feel free to ask the Swapholic Swap Squad on how to creatively shop your closet without compromising your inner fashionista!

-Tiara and Isha

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