How To Style T-Shirts to Work

Hi guys,

So this was supposed to be our tenth blog post but I had to wait for the big people at yNaija to put my article (which was based on this week’s post) up on their site first.

YES!!!! we got featured there.. 
YNaija is the one stop shop for all things young, hip and Nigerian. We are really excited and I feel really honoured to have been featured on that online park. 

(click here) for a link to the article on YNaija.

Wearing T-Shirts (or Tees as they are fondly called) date back to the 19th Century through splitting union suits, which were initially one-piece female undergarments into 2 parts. Tees then became really popular after being issued by the US Navy following the Spanish America war.

Due to its suitability, adeptness and low cost, tees evolved from the default frock adorned by those in manual labor to a fashion accessory which could be styledtowards suiting more than just a casual outing.

This week, I am going to depict various ways a lady can don a t-shirt, using real ladies with real jobs. I am styling with TWP Tees, as this lady behind thebrand, Daks of TWP is one blogger I admire for her consistency and drive. (Click here) for a link to her blog, the actual post for them tees, if you would like to purchase. 

You could make a few tweaks to work for you depending on your job, place of work and your activity for the given day.

One has to be really careful however, for appropriateness when wearing tees to work because you do not want to be celebrating Casual Friday on a Wednesday. Also fit is really important to avoid sloppiness. Luckily, the regular tee does not expose much skin so there’s barely any worry about showing cleavage. Yes, none at all! You are at work. 🙂

Here goes..

#1 Look – Business Casual

Amaka Ebubeze
Job: Marketing Director, Lagos.
Interests: Swimming
Here, the jacket gives the look a whole new meaning.
She works with a privately owned firm luxury firm so thereis no need to look so serious everyday. When there is a meeting with aprospective client at an office, the look on the right is suitable but at amore relaxed venue, the left one is perfect.
(Jacket– Zara, Ankle Pants – H&M,  Bag –River Island,  Shoes – Bebo)

#2 Look – Austere Intern

Name: Ify Mordi

Job: In Between Jobs (Temp.HR Intern), London

Interests: Free education for young women, Swimming,& Listening to music
The heels in this lookgive the outfit some ummpph. With flat shoes she 
would look really casual andmaybe sloppy. Although as an intern one 
is bound to be constantly on her toes,rocking heels and getting your job 
done quickly would make you look a lotsmarter.

(Skirt– Personal Tailor, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Bally).

#3 Look – Simple Chic

Name: Sasi Ratnaligam

Job: Team leader, London
Interests: Sleep, TV,Family, Friends, Shopping & Eating.

The simplicity of thislook cannot be over-stated. The colors (or lack of) however, add seriousness tothe look. The side pockets of her cardigan also make it a tad more interesting.

(Cardigan – Miss Selfridge, Skirt – MissSelfridge, Shoes – Newlook).

#4 Look – Chilled Statement

Name: Wincey Mok
Job: Finance, London.
Interests: CookingPhotography & Traveling.
This is so damneffortless yet you would notice her. The pleated skirt has this lovely doublegold button detail on the side. I thought she looked very Kanye West.
Again with this look, thejacket gives it elegance and style.
(Jacket – Local Hong-Kong store, Skirt –Zara, Bag and Shoe – Primark).

#5 Look – Job Seeker

Name: Ify Mordi

Job: In Between Jobs (Interview/CVsubmission), Lagos
This look is very trickybecause it totally depends on the job one has an interview for. Some companieswouldn’t tolerate this for an interview so you might want to change the denimpants to suit pants or skirt. Strappy sandals would exaggerate the size of yourfeet if they aren’t slim so covered platform shoes would be fine for those withwider feet.
(Jacket – H&M, Denim pants – , Bag – Fossil,Sandals – Christian Louboutin)

#6 Look – Metrogypsie

Name: Stephanie Okafor

Job: Finance, London
Interests: Music, Music,Reading, TV, Traveling and Music.
This look cannot be wornin tropical regions clearly. What’s 
not to love about this midi skirt, itclings in such a decent way 
and its length is smart enough not to look drab. Itis most 
suitable though with ladies with a bit of curve. Knee length 
boots whenstyled right give a look some emblem of sexuality. 
The heels of these areclassic and almost comfortable that 
even without the crepe jacket, she looksserious. This look 
transcends easily for an after-work, hence ‘metroGypsie’.
(Jacket – River Island, Skirt – Topshop, Shoes–
Dolce&Gabbana, Bag – Forever21)

#7 Look – Edgy Office

Name: Ify Mordi
Job: HR Intern
This look is so classy.Again I am not sure this look would work most commercial bank staff in Nigeria.You could drape a jacket over this as well, but it looks really elegant.

(Shorts- Topshop , Shoes – Kurt Geiger, Bag – Vintage)

#8 Look – PassionateSmart

Name: Chizua Ikwumelu


Job: Realtor, Lecceg PropertiesLTD, Lagos.

This look should be easyto relate with. It is really smart with a lot of color. A grey or navy bluejacket would do a fine job as well. The longer strap of the bag tones down theseriousness of the look a notch.

(Jacket – H&M, Skirt – Warehouse, Bag– Michael Kors, Shoes – Newlook, Neckpiece – Accessorize).

#9 Look – Deal Closer

Name: Madalina Ghita
Job: Subject Matter Expert, London.
Interests: Handball, Fitness, Talking to people, Music.
Far from conservative hence this is suitable for those withjobs in events, talent management, fashion, sales etc. High waist shorts arealways really flattering. This pair has a jacket of its own in the same fabricbut I decided to style with something else to show effort. This look would definitelyget you some attention at the work place.
(Jacket– H&M, Shorts – Mango, Shoes – Newlook).

So ladies, refrain from tossing that tee when getting setfor work. Once in a while try one of these looks above. You could also stick to your regular dress pattern and maybe replace your camisole with a tee asappropriate.

By the way, this is our 11th post. Thank you so much my lovely readers for your contribution and time. You are awesome!
Thank you also to Ada and all the other beautiful people at YNaija.

See you next week..xx

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel.


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  1. Anonymous
    April 15, 2013 / 6:47 am

    Look #6 and #9 are my fav looks maybe because they are a bit out of the norm. I like the print pants from Look #1 also.

  2. April 15, 2013 / 7:54 am

    I’d go for look #3, look #7 and best of all, look #9. not bad at all. thumbs up @Stephanie

  3. April 15, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Excellent post Steph, I ove looks 1,2,8 and 9…but my fav look is metrogypsie, unique,sexy and classy. Great job Steph…

  4. coco butta
    April 15, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    Best look is #6 and #9..I love the Tee,Its cool!

  5. Anonymous
    April 16, 2013 / 7:29 am

    Sexy last look,pretty girl swag! d colors in d midi skirt in look 6.

  6. Ahmara
    April 16, 2013 / 7:46 am

    A fatter person would have been preferable for the edgy office look, I didn’t get the whole idea! the shorts look big on her. Well issorai

  7. April 16, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Yay Steph!

    Thanks so much for this post, the tees look gorge!

    My fave looks are def 3,6 and 7.

    Great job xx

  8. Anonymous
    April 17, 2013 / 5:16 am

    Alot of different tins here look real rili nice #i cannot choose…. Gbam!!! And also alot of tins were not nice too…. “my mother said if i dont have anytin nice to say, i shldnt say anytin at all” – joan rivers … therefore long silence….. Le Boo

    • khaly
      April 19, 2013 / 1:01 pm

      Abi oo

  9. Petra
    April 17, 2013 / 9:27 am

    I always thought one could only rock a t-shirt with heels putting on jeans,well the first look has corrected that idea! Nice shoes btw.

  10. Anonymous
    April 17, 2013 / 9:33 am

    Job seeker! Job seeker!! See Ify oh, kewt! Look 6,2 and the pink blazer look did it for me.

  11. Davoe
    April 17, 2013 / 10:57 am

    The chic in look #3 has a nice body,that’s my best look.

  12. Krystal
    April 17, 2013 / 11:02 am

    This post is loaded with pictures oh! All the shoes worn are gorge! Jeezz I want em’ all..!!

  13. Anonymous
    April 18, 2013 / 11:05 am

    The tees are nice.

  14. Anonymous
    April 20, 2013 / 8:06 am

    Love Wincey’s style. Carefree and cool.
    Asian persuasion. 😉

  15. April 20, 2013 / 8:11 am

    IMO looks 6, 7, 8 &9 stood out. I especially liked 6 &8. Oh and the tees too..i want one

  16. April 20, 2013 / 8:11 am

    IMO looks 6, 7, 8 &9 stood out. I especially liked 6 &8. Oh and the tees too..i want one

  17. Jules
    April 20, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Love the classic Tee with jeans and a pair of heels. Well done babe. Congrats on your YNaija feature

  18. Ms H
    April 21, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    That look #4 dint look Kanye west sha!

  19. Tolulexx
    April 22, 2013 / 8:40 am

    I think I know where she meant from..look #4 where her tee is flying esp.. Kanye concert once I was at he had a leather skirt with leather tights underneath and left his shirt flying over the skirt with kicks on his feet.. Looked outrageous sha but it really worked.

  20. Toluexx
    April 22, 2013 / 8:42 am

    Fine girls here oh.Plenty pictures too.Nice job.

  21. April 28, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    The tees looked fab also simple but still sophisticated looks, I my try pulling this tee look off to work one of these days. Different mix of styles, nice to see. Also love your midi skirt Steph, nice. Good job Madame xo

  22. Carol
    June 4, 2013 / 11:59 am

    Why is Ify not a super model already ?