How to Style a Plain V-Neck Shirt

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V-neck shirts are one of the most universally flattering tops available -- no matter what your body shape or size, a "V" neckline instantly helps you look longer and leaner. But when you're dealing with a plain V-neck tee, it may not exactly seem like the most exciting wardrobe piece in the world. But its versatility allows you to come with a variety of looks that range from comfortable and casual to stylish and chic. You just have know which companion pieces give you the look you want.

Keep It Casual

A plain V-neck works as a foundation piece for a relaxed, comfortable outfit. Go for a classic look by pairing the tee with your favorite jeans. Opt for a simple straight-leg pair or play up the casual look of your V-neck with slouchy boyfriend jeans. If your top is long enough to cover your backside, wear it with skinny jeans or leggings. Corduroy or twill pants and a tee equal a casual look. Add your favorite tennis shoes, ballet flats or boots, and you’ll be ready for school, running errands or lunch with your friends.

Dress It Up

A V-neck just begs for layers, so you can easily dress it up when you want to make a bold statement. For an evening out, wear it under a fitted blazer with dark-wash jeans and heels for a sexy, relaxed vibe. At the office, use it as the bottom layer under a blazer and add a pencil skirt or trousers to give it a more polished look. Wearing a fitted cardigan over your V-neck also makes it look more professional.

Go Monochromatic

A V-neck is flattering on virtually every body type and shape because it helps elongate the upper body. If you want to maximize the slimming effect of a V-neck, pair it with monochromatic pieces. For example, if you’re starting with a black V-neck, wear it with slim black pants and matching boots to create a single, continuous line for your body that makes you look taller and thinner. You can create a monochromatic look with any color V-neck, though darker shades like black, charcoal, navy and brown are usually most slimming.

Make Your Shirt Sing

With its deep neckline, a plain V-neck is a go-to top when you want to showcase some impressive accessories. In particular, the neckline makes it a natural for a bold statement necklace. If your shirt is a neutral color like white, gray or black, add a punch of color with a bib-style necklace in a bright shade like tangerine or turquoise. A pendant style necklace that mimics the long look of the neckline gives you a low-key vibe. Or spice up a plain V-neck with a funky animal or floral print scarf knotted around your neck.