If you're finding yourself in a mid-January outfit slump fueled by long holiday weekends and perpetually gray skies, well, you've come to the right place. This time of year, we typically feel completely zapped of outfit inspiration and default to the combinations we know and love. For us, jeans and a plain tee is one of those combos we've come to rely on heavily. Sound familiar? Good, because we're about to inject some newness to the one outfit we know you repeat the most.
We too wear jeans and a tee nearly every day, so we got together and compiled our very best styling ideas that make the outfit look brand new. These are wardrobe basics we know for a fact get a lot of wear, so to make them feel fresh again, it's all in the styling. From a killer pair of shoes to eye-catching accessories like crystal earrings and fun headbands, every Who What Wear editor is sharing the go-to pieces we wear to elevate the look of jeans and a plain old tee from something lackluster to brilliant in under 60 seconds.
Ready to up your basics? Keep reading to see what to wear with jeans and a T-shirt and how we style them on the regular.
"I practically live in jeans and a tee, and more often than not (at least during winter), I'm wearing black ankle boots, a lot of jewelry and a solid coat. Right now, these are my favorites." — Nicole Eshaghpour, market editor
"I like fuss-free outfits, so I styled my simple white T-shirt with an extra-chunky sweater by I Love Mr Mittens and a printed bag by Silvia Tcherassi." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor
"I never wear jeans and a tee without tucking in the T-shirt (or choosing a cropped one). I find that it looks sloppy otherwise. Beyond that, I'll often wear a pair of fun earrings or a few necklaces and this logo belt." — Allyson Payer, editor
"I love adding an over-the-top glam element to my jeans-and-tee rotation. Right now, I'm a big fan of wearing a crystal belt with an oversize white tee tucked into high-waisted jeans. To finish it off, kitten heels or a satin bag are in order." — Anna LaPlaca, assistant editor
"The pinch waist jean is wildly flattering. I've never gotten so many compliments on a pair of jeans before. If I'm already going casual with jeans and a tee, I keep it in that realm by adding a cozy sweatshirt. You can always add a blazer on top of the sweatshirt if you want to polish the look a little." —Kat Collings, Editor in Chief
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"If I'm wearing a simple jeans-and-tee outfit, I'll add a great bag and pair of boots to make it feel more elevated. See one of my go-to outfit formulas above." — Kristen Nichols, Editor
"I love pairing my jeans-and–white tee outfits with trendy accessories. I have been crushing on this new handbag brand Mietis, mainly because these bags look great with denim. That bag plus sleek cowboy boots is my ideal look." — Lauren Eggertsen, fashion editor
"Lately, I've been jazzing up my jeans and tee with a croc-effect belt bag cinched at the waist on my high-waisted denim. It adds texture and interest to a simple outfit. Plus, I love that carefree feeling of going hands-free!" — Judith Jones, managing editor, merchandising