Back to basics

Donning a white t-shirt to work might seem radical, but it creates a resourceful, clean and classic look that is perfect for the office. Fresh-faced University of Florida Performing Arts Development Assistant Tiffani Stephenson welcomes this chic new take on a basic piece, appreciating the comfort it offers. The soft, cotton Jones New York crewneck from Dillard's ($29) gets a professional upgrade when paired with this blue-gray blazer from Wolfgang ($59.50), Antonio Melani's timeless black pencil skirt (Dillard's, $99), Stuart Weitzman kitten-wedges from Pinner's Fine Shoes ($355) and accessorized with a neon belt (Dillard's, $28) and Henri Girl dagger mix-metal necklace ($16).

Rob C. Witzel / Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

This fall, rediscover the possibilities of your seasonal closet fillers. Think of the little white T-shirt, black cardigan and flats as your daily essentials. With a little creativity and thoughtful pairing, these classic pieces — which you probably already own — become the foundation for effortless style.

The little white T-shirt is so versatile it goes with practically everything: Wear it under a blazer or tucked into a high-waist skirt with bold accessories.

Black cardigans are seasonless, timeless and forever on-trend. Keep one in your office desk to combat harsh air-conditioning, or break it out to complement your form-fitting dress during a night out.

More chic than sneakers and comfier than heels, flats offer the best of both worlds. They flatter shorts and slim-fitted pants as well as dresses.

With the next few pages as inspiration, you'll find countless contemporary ways to wear these fundamental pieces throughout the fall.

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