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3 tips for styling a white T-shirt from a celebrity stylist

by Emily Slawek / / Source: TODAY

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While there are millions of different fashion tastes and style personalities, there's one effortless item that we can all get behind: a classic, crisp white T-shirt.

Karla Welch, a celebrity stylist who has dressed everyone from Justin Bieber to OIivia Wilde, calls this her favorite wardrobe staple since it's so versatile.

Kaia Gerber models one of Karla Welch's T-shirt design.
Kaia Gerber models one of Karla Welch's T-shirt design.Courtesy of Matthew Welch / Meritocracy

The stylist of 16 years, who recently released a collection of white T-shirts with Hanes called Hanes X Karla, spoke to TODAY Style and gave us the inside scoop on best tips for rocking a white T-shirt.

What’s the best way to style a white T-shirt?

A great T-shirt is an integral, classic part of your wardrobe. It can be used as part of almost any look — (the options are) really endless. Wear it with bold, beautiful skirts, blue jeans or even under a suit. I like a cropped, oversized shirt that's a little swingy in the body paired with high-waisted pants.

What type of necklace looks best with a crew neck?

A crew neck is one of the easiest styles to pair with necklaces. A long necklace will add length to balance out the shorter neckline, while a bib or collar necklace will anchor and balance the high-and-tight neckline.

What’s the best way to wash your white T-shirt to make sure it lasts?

T-shirts shouldn’t be too high maintenance: just wash, dry and wear to make it comfy and soft. Really devote yourself to it. I liken it to your favorite pair of jeans, in that you earn how they feel by wearing them and breaking them in.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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