When it comes to style, pairing jeans and a graphic top is probably just as American as cherry pie and baseball. It’s a seamless look that is simple, classic, and to be quite honest…pretty boring. But I mean this isn’t the 1800s. It would be totally unsustainable to traipse around in silky dresses and tights day in and day out. When you’ve got little kids in tow and live in a city where your legs are considered a vehicle, you’ve got to find a way to make comfy & casual work for you.
Jeans are my jam. I got married in them after all! But I wanted to spice up a classic outfit combo by integrating a few fresh details and lively colors.
I paired these relaxed fit light wash jeans with a cheeky graphic sweatshirt. I’ve been navigating away from super skinny jeans in favor of pants with a little more oomph. I love the slits at the knees in this pair and I rolled up the bottoms to show off the shoes. As a die-hard New Yorker, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snag a graphic tee to rep my city. Plus, I like the pop of red font on a white slate.
If you’re looking to upgrade jeans and a tee, the right outerwear and accessories can transform a look from blah to bombshell. To spice up the look, I sported a long pink wool coat that I snagged from Mango for only $100. The dramatic length hits at the ankles like a true city slicker, but the whimsical pink color makes it playful and feminine. In the warmer months, you can get the same effect with a patterned blazer or bright motorcycle jacket.
How wild is this crossbody creature that doubles as a purse and a friend? The zebra print Furla bag is a fun focal point aaand a great conversation starter (sold out, shop similar). Finally, these delicate sheer socks layered under a pair of strappy gold Gucci heels gives the whole outfit an eclectic, artsy splash (shop similar). I’m thinking this sock and sandal thing is about to be my new secret style weapon.
So there you have it fam. If you want to make jeans and a tee a stand out look that you can even wear to fancier events, turn to some funky or dressy accessories. Pair distressed jeans with a structured blazer and offset a graphic tee with chandelier earrings. Contrast is key when trying to make casual cool.
Photography by George Elder