9 T-Shirt–and-Jeans Outfit Formulas Over-40 Women Swear By

Age doesn't really matter when it comes to what you wear—we all know that. Whether you're 25 or 52, you can wear whatever you please. However, it's safe to say that by the time you've been around for 40 or so years, you have probably mastered several wardrobe classics (and the outfit combinations that come along with them). Such is the case with the essential T-shirt–and-jeans formula. It's a duo we've all been wearing since we were younger, but it still translates to adulthood rather seamlessly. Plus, it's a great option for warm temperatures, which is good news considering summer is nigh.

With this in mind, we turned to some of our favorite over-40 celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Sofia Vergara to see how they approach T-shirts and jeans. Unsurprisingly, what we found was a slew of approachable, wearable, and polished ensembles that we're replicating ASAP. Scroll down to see how these women wear their tees and denim, and shop the picks to test-drive their style in your own wardrobe.


Printed Tee + Sleek Denim
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Victoria Beckham proves a camouflage tee can indeed be chic when tucked into a pair of dark-wash denim and polished off with a chic bag tucked under the arm.


Floral Duster + Tee + Light-Wash Jeans
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An effortless way to dress up your tee-and-jeans pairing, as illustrated by Sofia Vergara, is by tossing a pretty floral jacket on top and accessorizing with a structured bag and ankle-strap sandals.


Lightweight Layers + Pendant Necklaces + Animal-Print Footwear
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Diane Kruger is always one to watch for elevated basics. When it comes to a tee and jeans, she finishes off her look with a lightweight coat for spring, layered necklaces, and a pair of splashy cheetah-print flats.


Elbow-Length Tee + Summer Scarf + Crop Flares + Boots
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Is there ever a time we shouldn't be replicating Chloë Sevigny's looks? This easy, everyday outfit gives off a subtle hint of rock and roll with elements like the skinny scarf, square-hardware belt, and Western boots.


Plain White Tee + Pendant Necklace + Retro Denim
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Follow January Jones's lead and keep things simple with a classic tee worn with '70s-inspired jeans.


Colorful Cardigan + Solid Tee + Straight-Leg Jeans + Heeled Loafers
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Katie Holmes proves that a tee and jeans can translate to after-hours. Just add some cool extras like a colorful cardigan and statement shoes.


Bomber Jacket + Graphic Tee + Jeans
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Flutter-Sleeve Tee + Statement Jeans + Clogs
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It's no surprise that Reese Witherspoon makes even a tee and jeans feel fun. Try her look and grab a tee with interesting sleeves, jeans with bold hems, and a pair of summery clogs or sandals.


Fitted Tee + Skinny Jeans + Strappy Sandals
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If you're ever experiencing outfit burnout, know that you can always wear a fitted white tee with skinny jeans and heels and look put-together like Julianne Moore.

Up next: the chicest celebrities wear these eight items on repeat.

Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)