6 Trend-Defying Jeans-and-Shirt Outfits I’ll Never Tire of

6 Trend-Defying Jeans-and-Shirt Outfits I'll Never Tire of

Dressing adventurously comes more naturally to some people than others; the print-clashing, colour-blocking, accessory-embracing style gurus on Instagram certainly make it look easy. And while the skill involved in building a bold, busy and inventive look is admirable, I believe the enduring relevance of certain outfit formulas is just as impressive.

A select few fail-safe combinations have made it into my weekly roster—that’s right, they’re so good I can’t go seven days without reaching for them. And lately, the reigning outfit among these old reliables has been jeans and a shirt. Yep, just a classic button-down and worn-in blue denim: It’s as simple as that.

If you think about it, it’s the perfect mix of laid-back and polished. The jeans say casual, while the shirt says smart. It’s also a solid foundation from which to build interesting ensembles; just add some trending shoes to make it feel more current, and tailor your layers to the season as you carry this look through the year.

See for yourself—I’ve rounded up some of my favourite jeans-and-shirt outfits down below to inspire you. Plus, if you don’t already own these wardrobe staples (although I am sure you do!) you can shop as you scroll and start recreating these looks instantly. Enjoy! 

Style Notes: Give this formula the winter treatment by throwing a cosy teddy coat on top and stepping into a sleek pair of ankle boots.

M&S’ basics are such high quality for the price.

I own these jeans and can vouch for how versatile they are.

February is almost upon us, which means this coat is a must-have.

Style Notes: Double denim might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly having a moment. If you’re braving the look for the first time, try contrasting a blue denim shirt with washed black jeans.

This relaxed shape is so easy to style.

I’ve heard only good things about these jeans. According to my sources, they run true to size.

Is it just me, or has this bag been all over Instagram recently?

Style Notes: Second to a white cotton shirt, a blue striped button-up is as timeless as it gets. Keep it from looking too corporate by styling it with slim blue jeans and mules.

This crisp cotton will make you feel instantly put-together with minimal effort.

This is & Other Stories’ best denim cut, in my opinion.

If you can’t bring yourself to splash out on Birkenstock’s mules, this is a great dupe.

Style Notes: Going out-out? Make this outfit evening-appropriate by opting for a silky shirt and high-heeled boots. Comfortable and classy.

Leave the first few buttons undone and let a lacy bralette peek out.

These wear-with-everything jeans are available in waist sizes 23–37 inches.

You’ll be thankful for that thick block heel on your next night out.

Style Notes: For a super relaxed everyday spin, pair an oversized shirt with wide-leg jeans. Doubly comfortable, doubly chic.

Perfectly slouchy.

I bet these waist-nipping jeans are so flattering on.

COS’ cross-body bags always sell out, so I’d snap this one up stat if I were you.

Style Notes: Treat your shirt as a layering piece to add more dimension to your ensemble. A while turtleneck worn underneath will also keep you warm during these transitional months.

If all the positive reviews are anything to go by, this affordable shirt is worth adding to your wardrobe.

Baggy jeans are going to be big this season. Mark my words.

A timeless staple you can incorporate into countless different outfits.

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