10 Ways to Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt

UPDATE (Feb 27 2013): If you like this article – you should ‘Like’ Confessions of a Product Junkie’s brand new Facebook page to get updates when there are more fashion how to’s and articles similar to this one.

As you can likely infer from these photos, the jeans and t-shirt combo is one of my go-to’s – mostly because it’s a simple style that I don’t have to over-think. I’m confident it will look good (because it does on every one) and it’s a blank canvas to style however I want. But you don’t have to take my word for it. When surveyed by Glamour magazine in 2010 (and various other publications since), the vast majority of men said that they prefered to see women in jeans and a simple T-shirt than any other outfit.

I won’t pretend to understand how the male mind works (who does?!), but it’s a safe bet that women wearing jeans and t-shirts give off a low-maintenance, natural and approachable vibe that appeals to men (and really, to everyone). Who doesn’t want to be around a low-maintenance woman?

But there’s a fine line between fashionable and frumpy when it comes to this timeless combination, and I’m here to help you get it right. It’s important for the style to appear effortless, but put together at the same time. (So yes – you have to actually make some effort!) Here are my tips for not only pulling off but ROCKING the jeans and T-shirt look.

Basic ingredients:

1) Loose-fitting (but still feminine) white or grey tee
Some of my favorites: ASOS New Forever T-shirt, Gap Pure V-Neck T-shirt
Celebrity favorite: LnA Deep V Tee (a favorite of Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Kristin Cavilleri, Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce)

2) Fitted skinny or bootcut jeans
It’s all about the fit here and less about the wash and color. Find some that you feel great in and buy a couple pairs in different colors. Darker jeans tend to look a little more formal and polished whereas lighter washes have a more casual, carefree look.
On a budget: Forever 21
Designer styles that will last years: J Brand, 7 for All Mankind, or Citizens of Humanity are some of my favorites.

1. Keep jewelry simple but wear it with heels.

Image above via Just Jared.

Image above via Pinterest.

2. Not a heels girl? Try some fun flats.

Yup – that’s me from last Monday’s outfit post.

3. Add a piece of statement jewelry or a statement-making bag.

Image above via Pinterest.

Tip: Try contrasting glamorous jewelry against a casual tee shirt for a modern look!

4. Change the neckline with a scarf.

Image above via The Fashion Dealer.

Image via Denim Vernin.

Try one of these five ways to tie a scarf this fall.

5. Throw on a blazer, leather jacket, cardigan or chambray shirt.

Image above via Lookbook.nu

Image via Pinterst.

6. Replace your blue jeans with some sleek, black jeans. Or colored denim.

Image via TheyAllHateUs.com.

A la Ashley Olsen, looking totally casual but put together at the same time. I love the zipper details on the ankles of these jeans that make them a little special without being flashy.

Image above via Harpers Bazzar.

7. Tuck the shirt in (or do a half tuck).

Image above via Song of style.

Tip: Tucked in tees look great with high waisted jeans. The half tuck is a more casual look, cutest with boyfriend jeans and a thick belt. And if you’re going to do it, you’ll want a pretty loose fitting tee.

8. Belt it.

They’re not just for holding up your pants. They’re stylish too.

9. Tie it.

Image above via Pinterst.

The trick here is to not show too much (if any) belly. So choose a really long, loose fitting tee shirt and then make the tie on the side above one hip, or in the back.

10. Wear a loose shirt off one shoulder to show a little skin.

Image above via Pinterest.

Now you tell me… How do you dress up and make jeans and a tee look chic? What are your tips for making this look work for you!

UPDATE (Feb 27 2013): If you like this article – you should ‘Like’ Confessions of a Product Junkie’s brand new Facebook page to get updates when there are more fashion how to’s and articles similar to this one.

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40 thoughts on “10 Ways to Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt

  1. Like how each tip comes with a picture! Some fashion blogs/tips don't include pictures and it makes it harder without a visual example. Quick question, how long do the loose fitting t-shirts last you? I have some that only last for a year before being stretched out or super sheer and I don't want to pay $30 for a simple shirt if I need to constantly replace it

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  3. I wear a bold colored jean with a blue denim jacket and statement jewelry. My denim jacket is my signature piece and it keeps an outfit causal but classy.

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  8. thanks a lot… this is really helpful…. But i was wondering if i should keep the necklaces simple or can wear big, gaudy, eccentric, colorful, bold ones too… or would be over the line?

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  12. Jazz up the t-shirt with an embellished or a tight fitting belt around the waist or above the hip. Another way would be to wear a striped blazer (vertical or horizontal) or a floral blazer (would work best with a white t-shirt or a black one or with a t shirt that picks up the color from a blazer).

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