Monday, June 4, 2012

Five ways to dress up a T-shirt and jeans

My go-to outfit has always been a solid-color t-shirt or tank and jeans (currently this tee and this tank...I have each in 4-5 colors. I'm a creature of habit).

As I'm exploring dressing up more on a daily basis, I've learned a few easy tips on making a basic t-shirt and jeans look a little less basic from the bottom up and found some affordable pieces to help you on your way, too.

1. Forbid the flip flops and most sneakers. Just about any non-flip flop and sneaker option can make a t-shirt and jeans look instantly more polished.


2. Just wear jewels.  A statement necklace adds an embellished collar and a chunky watch anchors the look.


3. Throw on a layer. A fun blazer or cardigan turns your t-shirt and jeans into something else.



4. Scarf it up. We all know scarves are a great accessory when it's less than pleasant out, but a gauzy or silky one can make the seasonal transition (or switch it out for a sarong on the beach).


5. Use your head. Not just hair accessories and hats, but fun hairstyles, too. I always feel more put together when I have a good hair day. Check out some reader hairstyles and various hairdos I've worn over this blog's life. For other hair ideas, I really like the tutorials on the Beauty Department and YouTube.


Some of my t-shirt and jean-based outfits:

How do you dress up a t-shirt and jeans? Or do you have a different go-to casual combination?

11 comments:

  1. where is your crewneck t from? i've been in the market for one but haven't found any that i like. thanks!!!

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    1. I actually got it free from a swap ($5 and a some clothes to contribute = take home as much as you want...so awesome). The brand is Pssst, which I think I've seen in some juniors sections/stores before (maybe Wet Seal or Charlotte Russe type fare). Hope that helps!

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  2. I'm a T shirt and jeans girl too. I have a scarf collection I turn to when I need a little something extra but I want to keep it casual. I'm also (sadly) a yoga pants girl. But in my defense, I wear yoga pants a lot because I'm actually going to the gym.

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    1. I love scarves, too, though I'm curious to see if they'll get any wear since it's my first full Miami summer (and already 90+ degrees and humid).

      I won't knock the comfort of yoga pants, and since you're actually going to the gym, I think you get a pass (I, on the other hand, can't get away with that excuse/lie).

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  3. love the blazer with the white piping! Where is that from?

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    1. I got it at A'Gaci in Chicago. It was a big of splurge (I bought it full price at $30) but it gets a TON of wear, so it was totally worth it.

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  4. My tactics are pretty similar - the other thing I need is a mental acceptance that my jeans + t-shirt outfits that I've jazzed up with accessories or an extra layer are in fact jazzed up and not boring, as I often believe of myself :)

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  5. Great Post really enjoyed it:) it gave me inspiration as to what I can do with two simple pieces that I already have in my closet. I would have never thought to do this post. I am sure others as well would like post similar to this one. Take care!!!

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    1. Thanks! A t-shirt and jeans is a must in any closet.

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  6. Thanks for this post! It give me some to great ideas on how to dress up a tee shirt and jeans.
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