Let me guess. You wear some form of jeans and a T-shirt almost every day. If, like us, you rely heavily on them as building blocks to nearly all of your outfits, it can be easy to fall into a rut where the combo starts to feel, well, dull. So before you ever get to that point (or if you're already there, we feel you), we're hitting the refresh button on our most-worn jeans, tees, and tanks so you can start dressing better without really changing it up that much.
From the '90s-era T-shirt style that will replace your plain white tees to the subtle detail that will elevate all your skinnies, we've identified five new fashion basics that will breathe new life into the outfits you wear constantly already—no extra time or effort needed. We're not saying you need to go out and ditch the tees and jeans you wear the most (because that would be bad advice); we're simply sharing a few updated jean and T-shirt styles.
Ready to start dressing a little bit cooler with the least amount of effort? Thought so. Keep reading to see and shop the tees and jeans that are about to become your new go-tos. You can thank us later.
If You Wear Plain White Tees…
Next Try: Tie-Dye Tees
White tees will never be out, per se, but I'd venture to guess that you wear yours more than most of the other tops you own, so there's no way they won't feel a little tired at some point. Enter the tie-dye tee. They're trending hard for summer, which means it's so easy to find a color and dye pattern you'll want to throw on every day. Trust me; your outfits will be all the cooler for it.
A trendy pair of jeans is the easiest way to make your outfit feel infinitely more current. If you love straight-leg fits, may I suggest you try out a pair of carpenter-style jeans that nail the utility trend?
If You Wear Crew-Neck T-Shirts…
Next Try: Lettuce-Edge Tees
I'm convinced that the '90s are here to stay, and I'm totally okay with it if it means getting to wear sweet styles like the shrunken lettuce-edge tees that defined the decade. The ruffles are such a tiny detail that really makes it look like you put more thought into your outfit than you really did.
If You Wear Skinny Jeans…
Next Try: Split Seams
I know you're out there, die-hard skinny-jean fans, and this one's for you. Skinnies have been around forever it seems, so it's especially exciting to see a fresh take on them emerge. Split seams around the ankle are just the detail your go-to denim shape needed to feel brand-new again.
With summer on everyone's minds, I had to throw in a warm-weather basic. So long, plain tanks and camis. This year, it's all about the one-shoulder look that doubles as both a daytime top to wear with skirts and shorts and an easy going-out top you can throw on with jeans (perhaps the aforementioned split-hems and a pair of strappy sandals?).