A Basic Tee Has A Ton Of Potential! Just Ask Lydia.

Lydia (they/them) is a writer and fashion person, who’s style and smile I adore. Sometimes, especially in the summer, it feels hard not to wear a basic piece of clothing just as a basic. Lydia’s take on style and fashion constantly challenges outdated normative ideology on fashion’s ability to be accesible and attainable, with creativity and resilience at the forefront. Today, I’m happy to have them share four ways in which they styled a basic tee.

Hello! I’m Lydia. I run Style is Style, my outlet for all things personal style and the stuff that bring me joy. It’s wonderful to meet you, even in these turbulent times. Today I’m going to show some of the ways I love to wear a white t-shirt. The humble tee. Perhaps one of the most democratic items in a wardrobe — the white tee is a symbol of daytime casual and an elevated, unbothered attitude. As we’re mostly staying in, I’m fantasizing about a future where we can go back outdoors. I hope you’ll come along.

It’s An Errand (but maybe my ex will be there)

Casual, in a “this old thing” way. Comfortable, easy and damn cute too. Great for the next time you accidentally see them (case of the ex) wearing sweats… so you can smile and keep walking. Or smile and chat. Depends on the day. 

Vintage textured tee

Madewell jacket

bike shorts

Mejuri Virgo necklace 

Shoe the bear slides

On Some Granola

Okay so… hear me out. This is a kombucha in the park, light the incense, do a meditation AND a full body scan type of look. Your comfort? HIGH. Your Emotions? Chill AF. Which like, I need right about now, and the next week. 

Vintage textured tee

Vintage Dickies shirt

Elizabeth suzann Andy linen pants 

Teva sandals

Old cat eye sunglasses

And Two Makes Three (aka “this is secretly a jumpsuit”)

You have about 5 minutes to accomplish a showstopper. Is it just me this happens to? Layer that white tee over a jumpsuit. Tie it and congratulate yourself on a new pair of pants. A necklace, those killer shoes and guess what? You look GREAT. And it only took that 5 minutes. We good.

Vintage textured tee

Elizabeth Suzann Isadora jumpsuit

Chain necklace

About Arianne mules

Old sunglasses

It Really is That Simple

For the days that need that spoonful of sugar. My spoonful comes in the form of juicy palettes. Whenever I just need… something, I look to color. Nerve wracking day of work, a new experience or meeting someone — I often shield myself with hues that make me smile. Try it! Simple jeans and tee — how classic is that? Shirt as a jacket. Easy styling hack and you’ve got that armour guaranteed to make your day better. 

Wray NYC shirt

Vintage textured tee

ON jeans

Madewell Brady booties

Enjoy those basic tees! I hope you found some new ways to wear that standby. Stay safe, stay strong. ‘Til next time!

(Thank you so much, Lydia! You can follow Lydia over on instagram. Photography by Lydia Okello and Hannah Rebecca Ackeral.)

8 thoughts on “A Basic Tee Has A Ton Of Potential! Just Ask Lydia.

  • Reply katherine June 26, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    This post is so wonderful. I absolutely love Lydia’s style. And the accompanying text to their looks.

    Love love love Lydia’s approach to dressing. I need more of that spirit.

    • Reply latonya June 29, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Hi Katherine!

      Me too!! Love it so much.


  • Reply JRG June 27, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    “It’s An Errand (but maybe my ex will be there)” is such a mood. Love these looks!

    • Reply Emma June 29, 2020 at 5:47 am

      Liked it so much too 🙂 Really nice and refreshing written for a fashion chronicle

      • Reply latonya June 29, 2020 at 7:39 am

        Thanks Emma for reading.


    • Reply latonya June 29, 2020 at 7:39 am

      haha yes!!!

      Like wow

  • Reply Nina NH July 1, 2020 at 11:13 am

    LOVE their style and the writing! A lot of outfit recipes during lockdown have been too unrealistic and just get me down, but this has done the opposite. So happy to know about Lydia – instant follow!

  • Reply Tara July 7, 2020 at 12:14 am

    This is awesome and just checked out her Instagram page, which is full of inspiration and fun!!

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