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Style Remix: T-Shirts and Skinnies


White tee and jeans

It’s time for another installment of Style Remix, where we show you how to get the most wear out of your wardrobe. Today, we’re featuring, well, pretty much every college girl’s style staples: skinny jeans and t-shirts. 

Building a Jeans and Tee Wardrobe

Not all skinnies and tees are created equal. We all have different styles that flatter us best, of course, so you’ll want to experiment until you find the right ones, then buy multiples. There are, however, a few universal points worth noting if you want to get the most for your money.

  1. Dark wash jeans in skinny or straight-leg cuts are the most versatile and most universally flattering for today’s trends and styles. If you only have one pair of jeans, it should be these! Avoid distressing, fading, or embellishments if you’re looking for a staple. And remember: buying slightly more expensive, higher-quality jeans saves you money in the long run. (Remember cost-per-wear?)
  2. The most important part of a t-shirt is the cut. A high-quality tee should be simple, slim, and  figure-flattering, with a neckline that is comfortable for you. An easy way to look for quality: check the seams before you buy. If the shirt fits you well, lies flat, and folds evenly, all the seams are finished inside, and there are no unraveled bits, you’re likely looking at a good investment.

Getting the Most for Your Money

Today’s Style Remix looks at how you can re-wear your tees in unexpected ways. Typically, white tees are seen as more casual, black tees are more edgy or glam, and grey tees are more blah – but our focus today is to break those sterotypes! By using your staple pieces in unexpected or novel ways, you can expand the life and variation of what you already own. Now you’re innovative and your wallet is happy.

1. A Fancier White Tee

Style remix: White tee and skinnies styled with nude flats, a blazer, statement necklace, and chunky ring
Product Details: T-Shirt – Madewell , Rings – Charlotte Russe , Blazer – Topshop , Necklace – Dorothy Perkins , Jeans – Abercrombie & Fitch , Polish – Essie, Shoes – Target

To amp up the glam factor of a classic white tee, add oversized jewelry and a blazer. To keep the blazer from looking too formal, cuff the sleeves to show the lining. Light-colored jewelry lifts the color scheme and keeps the outfit from looking too business-like, while dark purple nails add a hint of edge.

2. A Beachy Take on Black

Style remix: Black tee and skinnies styled with metallic sandals, a coral bag, red statement necklace, and hippie headband
Product Details: Necklace – Forever 21 , T-Shirt – J.Crew , Headband – Nasty Gal, Jeans – UNIQLO , Sandals – Charlotte Russe , Bag – Roxy, Bracelet – American Apparel

Most beachy looks feature light colors, especially on top — here, we’ve used a black tee to show you another option. Try a tropical or neon-colored necklace to keep the black looking fresh. As an added bonus, the dark color of the tee makes the necklace really pop! Keep the rest of the look casual to balance the darkness of the tee and jeans. Coral and gold are standard beach colors, and though they’re typically paired with white or cream, it should be clear that black can be a bold and beautiful contrast.

3. Brightening a Grey Day

Style remix: Grey tee and skinnies styled with loafers, stud earrings, a belt, and statement scarf
Product Details: Shoes – Nasty Gal , Hair Accessory – ASOS, Scarf – Nordstrom , Jeans – Levi’s, Belt – Forever 21, Earrings – Zappos, T-Shirt – UNIQLO

While grey often gets cast aside as ‘drab’ or ‘boring,’ there are actually so many refreshing ways to wear it. Here, we’ve paired a simple grey tee with rose gold and turquoise accents, using crisp lines and shapes to balance the soft, casual shirt. The loafers have studs on the heel, but a plain style would also work. A high, polished topknot is a great beauty idea with this outfit. (Let a hair doughnut help you out — buns just became so much easier!) Your hair can be worked just like an accessory: keeping your hair sleek can modernize grey in a fab way.

What do you think?

T-shirts and skinny jeans are a college-girl staple. How do you style your tees and skinnies? What basics would you like to see in Style Remix? Comment below and share your ideas!

Posted on on January 25, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Style Remix: T-Shirts and Skinnies”

  1. 1
    January 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love this! Super cute. I own a v-neck tee in probably every color and then some! Such a great wardrobe staple. I heard on What Not To Wear that girls with a bigger chest are actually more flattered in a v-neck and I have hardly bought a scoop neck since! Such a difference! I love the way you used accessories to “glam” these up, I find thats my biggest problem, I go too plain!

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    January 25th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    These are all too cute!! This is so bad, I totally want to go shopping now :/ I definitely need more v-neck shirts though. I agree with Katrina, v-necks are way more flattering on large chests.

  3. 3
    January 25th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I think these ideas are great however the combo of a t-shirt and skinnies seems somewhat never-ending, it is such a versatile couple!

  4. 4
    January 25th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Awesome – I love this series : remixing what every girl on here probably has!
    Thanks. :)

  5. 5
    January 25th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I love the last style more. Actually my main issue is, I’m narrow on top but hate wearing wide-neckline t-shirts hence, I’m yet to find the perfect t-shirt. Would be great if you recommend some really good once :)

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    January 25th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Black, white and grey. I have two or three of each t shirt. Great for paring with skinnies! They don’t make your outfit pop so accessorizing is so fun! Scarfs, necklaces, cardigans, hoodies, and even shoes! The possibilities are endless! Love this post :)

  7. 7
    January 25th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love this post! I’m a t shirt and skinnies kind of girl and I love these simple but cute outfits. Totally my style.

  8. 8
    January 25th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Yay! Skinny jeans and a t-shirt are my favorite. I love black jeans with a black t-shirt, paired with a gray sweater and a statement necklace. :)

  9. 9
    January 26th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Awesome post! It’s really helpful for every collegiete. Keep up the good work!

  10. 10
    January 26th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I will definitely try the idea with the grey t-shirt! Thanks!:)

  11. 11
    January 26th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love this post! I think many of us have these basic t-shirts in these colors and I’m happy to see ways to style them. ^-^

  12. 12
    January 26th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I love this post so much!!!

  13. 13
    January 30th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Since tees and skinny are “the basics” in a wardrobe, when it comes to clothing, may you post “the basics” for accessories? I don’t accessorize (other than scarfs during the fall/winter) because I wouldn’t know what to buy. It would be helpful to know the basic style of necklaces, rings, etc. Thank you!

  14. 14
    January 30th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Absolutely love this post! It’s trendy & laid back! Deff going to go out and buy a few tees.

  15. 15
    January 31st, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I absolutely love this series, could I suggest the ubiquitous college sweater/sweatshirt?

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    February 1st, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I love this post – would love to see more like this! I also love that you choose a gray tee. I have one (though I can’t find it lately, so a little concerned…) and it’s super versatile.

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    March 2nd, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I like printed t-shirts. I have maybe a dozen, in gray, white etc, and I just throw one on with jeans and then either ballet flats or boots depending on the weather. I find they can be really cheap, and I wear them heaps. I like that the print/pattern just gives it a bit more interest than plain. Really liking this series too, awesome job :)

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    March 29th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    These are all super cute and a great way to remix a basic combo! I’ll be sure to wear these the first chance I get!

    Another great idea for a tee and jeans is to add a patterned cardigan and wedge sandals (and statement earrings, if it’s your thing) for low key date, which is my personal favorite getup, right behind dresses
    Striped cardis, tees and jeans are a winning combination for lazy days or when you’re in a hurry but need to know you’ll look good.

    For any fashion dillema, send questions and requests by clicking my name :)

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    June 24th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    This is one of the pages I bookmark and keep looking at, just for inspiration. A great post in general, even though I’m not a huge fan of the outfit with the black tee. Maybe it’s just the shivers of making black beachy left over from my scene phase, but black tees will always be left for me with a standout seat buckle belt, dark wash skinnies, and bright sneakers.

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