Ultra-trendy pieces and fast-fashion fads may come and go at lightening speed, but the basics of style are unquestionably eternal. While hair clips and tiny purses are currently flooding your Instagram feed, wardrobe staples like Karlie Kloss' graphic t-shirt will be worn for seasons to come. And rather than pairing the classic pick with a comfortable set of stretchy leggings or cozy joggers, the model opted for a polished take — proving your basics can be elevated, too.
Paris fashion week is in full swing, and so are endless amounts of highly coveted celebrity ensembles. Despite the fact that the iconic French city is often known as a catalyst when it comes to trendsetting, Kloss decided to attend the Dior show in a laid-back look.
The model posted an Instagram photo on Feb. 26 to showcase her particularly simple ensemble. Kloss sported a white top with faded blue writing that read, "sisterhood is global," thus debuting Dior's stylish, and meaningful, graphic tee of the season before it even hit the runway.
The model tucked the vintage-inspired t-shirt into a pair of navy, structured trousers with eye-catching pleats, a straight-leg hem, and a mid-rise waist. She accessorized in a pair of pointed pumps, complete with subtle polka dots and see-through detailing (a style Meghan Markle also opted for this week).
No, you're not mistaken: T-shirts can actually be elevated outfit staples when they're styled accordingly. Swap out your ripped denim for a pair of tailored pants like Kloss, or even opt for a satin dress or a midi skirt to dress it up. Bringing graphic tees into a sphere of sophistication does require a little bit of extra thought during the shopping process, though.
Besides falling in love with a logo, print, or message, be sure to pay close attention to the fit, material, and overall shape of your potential new top. Will it tuck into pants the way you want it to? Can you layer it under your favorite blazer?
Sadly, Kloss' Dior tee isn't available online quite yet, but there are plenty of other understated graphic t-shirts to choose from. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's selection of graphic tees that will instantly upgrade your everyday looks.