6 "Boring" New Basics That Look Cool With Skinny Jeans


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The perfect white tee, a classic black blazer, those oh-so-comfortable ballet flats—these trusty staples are the building blocks of a perfect wardrobe that make day-to-day dressing infinitely easier. Moreover, they serve as an anchor to statement, trend-forward pieces that we acquire along the way from season to season. But every now and then, these so-called “boring” (but brilliant!) essentials need an upgrade.

We are wearing them a lot, after all—more often than not with our skinny jeans, am I right? I essentially live in some sort of variation of a white tee, skinny jeans, and sneakers on the weekend. Just add a black blazer and pumps for my work week et voilà—I never have to worry about not having anything to wear again. So if you're looking to update the hardest-working items in your closet, scroll below for some fresh new basics to wear with your skinny jeans that will never let you down.

White Tee

Nothing looks better with skinny jeans than a classic crisp white T-shirt. Whether you opt for a tighter fit to tuck in or an effortless loose fit, it is unquestionably the perfect layering piece under jackets and the ideal canvas for layering necklaces. Update the hardest-working item in your wardrobe with these timeless options below.

Ballet Flats

Did anyone else catch the super chic ballet flats at Mansur Gavriel's spring presentation at New York Fashion Week? They were divine, and in my eyes are the epitome of French-girl chic. Nude and black remain staples, but for a modern update, give metallic or trending yellow hues a whirl. They look striking with your skinny jeans.

Classic Blazer

Whether you opt for a slightly oversize fit or a more tailored silhouette, a classic blazer adds instant polish to any outfit. Throw it on over your jeans and you're basically ready for anything. Opt for black, beige, or gray hues you can wear again and again.

White Button-Down Shirt

For work, for the weekend, to infinity and beyond, a classic white button-down is a wardrobe essential that looks effortlessly chic with jeans. We love these cool-girl silhouettes that have just hit the market.

Pointed-Toe Pumps

Nothing looks chicer than pointed-toe pumps worn with skinny jeans. A foolproof combo that never fails to exude polish. If you find you're running yours to the ground, get your hands on these sleek ones below.

Knit Sweater

During these colder winter months, a heavier oversize sweater looks effortless with skinny jeans. As we progress into spring, swap out for a lightweight sweater you can easily tuck into your waist. 

Up next, seven basics I wear to make my outfits feel cooler.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.