That old tee and jeans combo. I think what I like most about it is it’s dependability and unassuming air. It never changes and doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is – classic, easy and cool.
So here they are together. Alone. It’s…cute. Definitely a usual for me when I am at home (and not in my pjs or more recently…loungewear), but it makes me look too much like a mom (and I can say that because I am a mom- ha). It just doesn’t say anything, you know? I’ve always believed that clothes speak…and they do. They dooooo. It’s an expression, so what is this old tee and jeans expressing? Nada mucho. Let’s get it talking, shall we?
STEP ONE – Make the Tee less Mom
Umm. Cams, we are moms. I know, I know. Hear me out.
The tee cries out for something more. It’s basic, so it needs something to push it further. I simply ditched the plain blue jeans for something a bit more edgy – these deliciously destructed jeans are my current go-to. J. Crew denim tends to be a bit boring, in my own opinion, and I’d rather buy a designer brand before I spend almost just as much on the Crew’s, but these…these have it. They instantly make any tee look cooler. Also, tuck that tee in a bit in the front. MONEY.
The keyword to remember here is simply. Styling should be simple and come easy. If it’s not, you’re doing it wrong (and I say that with love;). If you run into feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable with what you’re putting on, start again. Erase and start fresh with your clean canvas – the tee and jeans. This happens to me A LOT. I find that the harder I am trying, the more my outfit is just not me. If I let it all come together naturally, adding things without overthinking…the outfit ends up looking so much better and not “put on”, if you know what I mean.
STEP TWO – Add Shoes for the Feets
…because it’s a bit cold to go barefoot and if you pick the right pair, the outfit will begin to take off from there.
A simple black, pointy toe pump is perfect. It lengthens, gives the outfit a more streamlined look and adds a feminine touch to the otherwise gender neutral white t-shirt and jeans. This particular pair has a lower heel, but somehow that does not take away from their sexiness. Usually you have to sacrifice sexy by going with a lower heel, but no…not with these. I saw them in H&M (over a year ago) and I think I sprinted for them. I knew they’d be the closest these mom feet got to comfortable heels. They have not disappointed. Not one bit.
STEP THREE – Layer
Adding a layer, preferably a patterned one, adds dimension to the outfit.
I opted to leave the shirt unbuttoned in order to show off the classic tucked tee underneath. It also makes the outfit less preppy this way…which is always the way to go, in my own humble opinion. Preppy pieces, such as a button-up, are wonderful base pieces to start with, because they can so easily be styled to look more edgy.
STEP FOUR – Fill In That Blank Space
It’s time to accessorize. The white, blank space needs something to catch the eye.
Layering on the jewelry can be…errrr…interesting with babes. There’s always someone pulling, wanting to be held, playing with and attempting to eat whatever is around your neck. It’s always a fun little adventure. The key to making it work: keep it simple (again) and layer. I only added two necklaces. Nothing else. No earrings, no bracelets…nada mas. It’s all this outfit needed, really.
STEP FIVE – Add a Jacket
Anthony: Mom, we know who the real style star is here…moi.
…because jackets are coooool, ya’ll. A jacket can do so much for an outfit. It adds more substance to the look and allows for the layers underneath to pop out in all the right ways. It helps if the jacket is an army-like style with zippers, pockets…and a seriously cool sheer back panel (see below. for realz). This is the look for a causal date night or if you lean more towards the feminine and preppy. You’re done, lady.
If you just can’t do pumps (no matter the heel height) or prefer to rock it out a bit more, please do continue to the next step…
STEP SIX – Mix it Up
You know, I thought I was all ready to go with that last step, but I decided last minute to change it up a bit. I swapped out my pumps for combat boots, added a slouchy open front sweater , shades, great bag and…aaahhh. Yes. Yessssss.
That was it. I made simple adjustments to the outfit and BAM, baby. Sometimes you’ll start with one thing and end up with something entirely different…just by taking away one thing here and adding another in it’s place. That too simple, soccer mom-ish tee and jeans is now a ROCKIN’ outfit.
Notice, I did not end up wearing the sweater underneath. It was 60+ degrees here in the Carolinas (don’t throw things at me), so I didn’t need it.
tee: Everlane Cotton V (wearing a size S for reference)
jeans: J. Crew toothpick jean, blacksmith wash (wearing a size 27 for reference – I went down a size)
plaid shirt: Banana Republic soft-wash plaid shirt (wearing a size S for reference) – sold out (boooo), but I lurv this Wayf Long Sleeve Plaid Blouse from Nordstrom. If you like Banana’s fit, here is another one of their soft-wash options…and this one too.
jacket: old find (lo siento), but oooooh, do I love this Levi’s Parachute Cotton Parka. I’ve mentioned it on here before…and that’s because it’s awesome.
boots: Steve Madden Troopa boot and I adore them. I’ve had them for at least 2 years and they have been one of THE best shoe purchases I have made. You can wear them a few different ways too, which…well, geez…awesome.
bag: Kate Spade and I are currently having a hot love affair (my husband’s cool with it). I can’t find my particular handbag online, because I scored it at a factory store. However, I did find some other very similar handbags – Kate Spade Grove Court Maise Leather Satchel, Cedar Street Maise Satchel, Grove Court small Leslie Satchel. Oh, and definitely head over to check-out the awesome Kate Spade section on Amazon!
Images: Andrea Monteruil Photography