If there’s one combo that the entire TME team has in common (despite our different style perspectives and climates), it’s a t-shirt and jeans. But as many of you likely know…it can get boring fast. So in the name of Fashion Inspiration we decided to each put our own unique spin on it.
To keep the challenge consistent (no cheating with interesting patched denim or $300 custom tees)…we all used Everlane’s classic gray tee and black high-rise skinny jeans. They’re a team favorite, and for those of us who didn’t already own these pieces, Everlane was nice enough to send more over. (This post is not sponsored, though, we just love these jeans.)
The one caveat is that Everlane doesn’t make plus-sized denim yet (fingers crossed!) so Kat went with her favorite denim brand.
Gray T-Shirt + Dark Wash Jeans
1 Everlane Outfit Styled 14 Ways
1. With Delicate Gold Jewelry & Taupe Booties
Shana Says: One of my go-to ways to make a basic tee more interesting is with some sort of statement necklace. And several delicate necklaces, all layered together, have the same impact as a statement necklace. I finished the look off with a woven black bag and taupe booties — two pieces I’ve been wearing the heck out of. I consider them my new neutrals.
tee (xs) | jeans (25) | booties | bag | necklace 1, 2, and 3 | bracelet – the jewelry was c/o Gorjana, who sent them over as a little gift this October because I’m a breast cancer survivor. 50% of the proceeds from the bracelet benefit breast cancer research.
2. With A Leopard Coat & Lipstick (And OK, High-Tops)
Laura Says: I feel like this is gonna be my fall and winter solution for everything: just add printed coat and high-tops. I could wear this everyday. I’m also gonna try it out with this gorgeous coat that just came in, and see how a plaid version works! That’s the beauty of fabulous basics! I adore these jeans and how they hold you in. And they’re stretchy, but also substantial.
3. With a Classic Blazer, Pumps & Edgy Jewelry
Scotti Says: I love dressing up jeans and a tee with heels, but I’d also wear this exact same outfit with black boots. Add some statement earrings and you’re ready for date night. I sized down to a 27 because of the higher rise and it was perfect. I also liked how the t-shirt wasn’t super clingy!
4. Knotted Over a Turtleneck, With OTK Boots & Layers
Lex Says: OK, Ya’ll. So I struggled with the whole “this-is-not-dresses-boots-scarves” issue in this scenario, but in the end, this is actually an outfit I’ll happily wear again. If you know me, you know dance class and yoga are about the only two places you’ll find me in a t-shirt and jeans. As a forever-cold person, I also had to layer it, and I LOVE the outcome. I went with a bodysuit under the t-shirt, a trick I learned from S to avoid extra fabric around my middle. Knotting the tee was my first instinct since, it is a little snug if you’re busty and/or more curvy than straight. OTK boots were a first-thought as well, and the blazer tied the whole look together.
5. With Silky Scarves & Ankle Strap Flats
Cam Says: Since the headscarf thing always manages to make me look like Strega Nona (the pasta pot!), I try to find other less…Italian-Granny ways to incorporate those pretty silk scarves into outfits…and with this button-fly + gray tee combo I tied one into a bow on a belt loop of the jeans and another to my backpack. Also, ever since seeing Chanel’s latest line-up on the runway, I’ve been a friend to the black, ankle strap flat. Now, I’ll be honest…I made a mistake and got the ankle fit.
6. With A Belted Wrap & Faux Fur Mules
Tiarra Says: I’m slowly turning into that person who starts the holidays earlier and earlier, so I grabbed this Blackwatch plaid wrap without much thought. It’s the only wrap I have in my wardrobe and it makes such a statement. It’s cozy and versatile; I wore it over a trench coat in my Amazon The Drop haul. I belted it here for a little more definition in the waist, and you can see there’s still good coverage all around to wear with leggings. I doubled down on the cozy vibes with faux-fur lined loafer mules. I’ve had them forever, and they’re still an incredibly comfy statement piece that are perfect for cooler temps. Oh, did I mention I hacked my jeans off above the ankle? This will make Laura very proud (XOXO)!
7. With Neutral Blazer & Thigh High Boots
Tori Says: I’ve had this light beige blazer from H&M for years, and it never lets me down. It goes with everything and is so comfy. I paired it with the t-shirt + jeans combo to dress it up a little, but it still gives off a casual street look. These boots have also been a winter fave of mine for the last few years. I know that over-the-knee boots aren’t for everyone, but I’m pretty short and I love how they make my legs look longer, plus they really are very comfortable. I have worn these walking around the city for hours at a time, and they’ve never bothered my feet. I have to admit I was nervous to put these jeans on… I ordered my regular size (26), but I was 12 weeks pregnant trying to put them on, and although they were definitely a little snug around my tummy (I definitely packed my little pooch in there), I couldn’t believe how stretchy and comfortable they were!
8. With A Faux Fur Moto Jacket &Studded Booties
Jess Says: First of all, I LOVE these jeans! I’ve been slowly moving away from wearing skinny jeans as much as I used to…but I’ve barely worn anything else since I got these. Since it’s finally cold enough to wear my fav faux-fur moto jacket (currently sold out but hopefully back in stock soon)…I had to pair it with my ‘Alexis-Inspired’ favorite studded buckle booties.
9. With a Burnt Velvet Kimono Jacket
Jess Says: I couldn’t decide which look I liked better (see above), but this lovely boho burnt velvet kimono jacket from Target would be my option for warmer fall weather, plus it’s SUPER-affordable (and Target has some great kimono styles right now).
10. With A Patterned Blazer & Oversized Bag
Gwen Says: Truthfully, just the tee and jeans are plenty for me. I’m pretty simple like that. In cooler temps, I’d probably pair with a big, cozy sweater and flat chelsea booties. For work, I’m loving it with my slightly oversized blazer, low-heeled booties and this big ol’ bag that fits my 15-inch laptop + whatever else. I know, I know…we’re talking about the tee and jeans here, BUT the bag is so good (also from Everlane — because obviously I can’t stay away).
11. With Combat Boots & A Navy Blazer
Julieta Says: Skinny jeans are not my favorite. Actually, these are the only skinnies I wear because the fit and material are amazing – OK…that perfect washed black, too. One of the reasons I don’t like skinny jeans as much is because of how narrow they come at the ankle, so I love how the combat boots balance out the leg — an effect you can get with any chunkier boot.
I added some color because…can I tell you a secret? Gray is non-existent in my closet, especially light gray. It makes my warm skin and eyes look dull, so I’ll probably grab this tee in cider, too. Love it! Here’s my take with the gray tee (makeup helped)…
12. With A Soft, Slouchy Trench + Midi Boots
Emily Says: First off, these are my first pieces from Everlane (I know…!!!) — and lemme tell you: I am hooked! I can’t count the number of times I’ve worn these jeans in the past couple of weeks. The rise is just right, and even though I’ve just about given up on stretch denim (gonna thank Julieta for that rigid denim conversion), these are so very comfy, and they hold their shape. Love love love. But, enough gushing. (Ew.) My take on the outfit: add a soft, slouchy trench (this has been my “it” piece this season, and it’s finally restocked! A splurge to be sure, but I have zero regrets) and midi boots for a look that is about as versatile as it gets. I feel chic at preschool pickup, but no one’s looking sideways at me at Costco, either. Perfect.
13. With A Bell-Sleeved Sweater Jacket & Bright Heels
Linzi Says: My take is not probably not going to surprise anyone. I took the really good Everlane basics, added a comfy sweater-coat (that has interesting sleeves) and then added a few pops of color with the shoes and headband. Easy – Peasy!
14. With A Moto Jacket & Combat Boots
Kat Says: I love a great pair of well-fitting jeans, but since Everlane’s size range doesn’t yet include plus sizes, my jeans are from Citizens of Humanity. The fit is great and the wash is even better. I did end up getting the gray t-shirt from Everlane (size XL), but it was a little more snug than I would have liked. Regardless, I love a good pair of jeans with a moto jacket and have recently gotten into combat boots. These boots are great for anyone who is a first-timer to the combat boot trend: they are both comfy and on super-sale for under $40! And as always I topped off the look with my FAV gold choker necklace and some simple diamond studs.
Got new jeans and tee ideas now? We do too. As always, let us know your favorite way to spice up our go-to basics in the comments.