Ethical Fashion Guide: Styling a White Tee

Editor's Picks, Fashion v June 27, 2015


Printed White Tee

Tip: Play down screenprint “pop” by mixing in fun patterns

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The art of the printed white tee is having its graphic qualities harmonize with the rest of your look. After all, mixing prints and patterns is always fun if done the right way. Although the white tee may be subtle, too many solids will give the tee more “pop” than it needs. We like to pair Cossac’s “Bitch Please” white tee with an Aiby Craft striped pencil skirt and a quilted applique jacket by N.U.S.K. Because of the general grayish color palette, the patterns won’t clash. Alternatively, go bold with brightly patterned harem pants. The high-waist on this Vesika Pisces organic cotton pant is perfect for a graphic crop top. Finish the look with huge sunnies, like these handmade and recycled shades by iWood.

Plain White Tee

Tip: Don’t be afraid to rock more than one neutral

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For a fancy look, pair a plain tee with luxuriously tactile materials from Ala Mairi. Their wide-leg trousers are handmade from 100% raw silk. The white organic tee will look wonderful under the Ranya scarf, Dabka hand embellished along the deep turquoise velvet. I also love to rock a plain white tee with head-to-toe white. Constant Simplicity stays true to their name with their water saving collection, produced sweatshop-free with all organic, biodegradable bamboo fabric. Tuck this bright white tee into a Rogue:Minx eyelet lace skirt and you’re all set for a party in the Hamptons! Play around with length in the all white ensemble with Temperate’s handmade vest, made from locally sourced organic fibers and dyes.

Formal White Tee

Tip: Create a focal point with accessories

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When the white “tee” is more of a “top,” jewelry is essential. This classic Temperate top has a natural, organic texture. Jewelry made of natural elements, like Tailfeather Design’s geode lariat style necklace, compliment this top best. SteamyLab has a wide variety of natural, conflict-free jewels as well – like this raw turquoise pendent with sterling silver wrapping. Add more texture to this look with luxurious faux leather leggings from Aakasha or stick with the smoothness of organic cotton, as in Lily of Valley Isle’s harem pants.



Phoebe Gillan

Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.

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