We LOVE a basic tee and jeans as much as anyone (probably more, if we’re being honest!), but we also know it feels a little too casual for some occasions. Since we’d like to wear jeans to… well, everything… we’ve gathered our BEST style tips for how to dress up your go-to look. Use the inspo below to learn how to dress up a shirt and jeans for nice dinners, birthday parties, the office, and more! (OR use these tips to easily transition your look from day to night.)
How To Dress Up A Shirt And Jeans: 6 Outfit Ideas
01 Add a jacket
Jackets are a quick way to dress up jeans. For a cute, casual look, add a white or black denim jacket. For more formal occasions, wear a blazer (or a leather jacket if you like the edgy look!). We love a plain white t-shirt, skinny jeans, and a neutral blazer, just like the post below.
02 Wear a cardigan instead of a t-shirt
Simply wear a cardigan with your jeans outfit instead of a white tee. This is a great way to add texture and prints to your look. Plus, it’s an easy way to match the vibe of an occasion. Going for a coffee date? Wear a big, chunky sweater. Heading to brunch? Wear a button-down cardigan and high-rise jeans.
03 Dress up your footwear
Not only does footwear always make a statement, but it sets the tone for the rest of your outfit. For a closed-toe moment, wear a great pair of pointed ankle boots and a v-neck. If booties aren’t your thing, try a bold pair of stilettos (perfect for a GNO!).
04 Opt for a white or black jeans outfit
You don’t necessarily need to ADD anything to your look in order to dress it up. Swap your blue jeans out for a black or white pair of jeans. The neutral colors look more elegant and so they will match your upscale accessories and tops better. Use the black and white jeans outfits below as inspiration!
Lean on your fave accessories combo to dress up your look. Pair a trendy tote with bold sunnies and gold jewelry to make any casual outfit look street-style chic. We are loving the crew neck outfit below!
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Wear bright statement pieces to grab the eye and elevate your look. By pairing bold, elegant pieces like a bright shirt or a bright purse with your favorite jeans, your entire outfit will look dressed up.