I’ll admit it: My personal style can be a bit chaotic at times. I’ve always enjoyed testing out every trend under the sun, so my daily outfits tend to run the gamut. If I were to document each one, they’d be an amuse-bouche of trending aesthetics—minimalistic tailoring one day and slinky cutouts the next. But no matter how many different styles I rotate through, there’s one simple outfit formula I always come back to in a pinch: a T-shirt and jeans. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s my uniform per se, but it is the outfit I wear without fail when I am zapped of inspiration, am running late, or simply can’t be bothered.
I used to beat myself up about leaning on the simple formula too much instead of putting my styling skills to use for something more involved. But honestly, I’ve come to realize that there’s a lot of value in relying on what works. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right? In the interest of validating my own sartorial habits, I went ahead and sourced nine cool T-shirt-and-jeans outfit ideas. I’ll be taking notes from these fashion people on how to turn something as simple as denim and cotton into a bona fide ‘fit, and if you want to do the same, then I suggest you keep reading.