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Ask Avery: Tee time

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Dear Avery,
I’ve always been a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but the other day I had a realization that I don’t really have any style. How can I spice things up but still be casual and comfortable? Can I make the jeans and tee combo less boring?

There’s just something about the combination of a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans and a super-soft t-shirt that looks effortlessly chic. Despite my love for accessorizing, I can’t resist the pared-down look of simply your favorite jeans, tee and the right shoes. If America adopts a national uniform, this should be it. Actually, it may be the unofficial one already.

But such a simple combination can get boring, especially if you’re unimaginative in your t-shirt selection or you always wear the same pair of true-blue, average jeans. It’s time to add some new favorites to your closet: opt for colored jeans or a dressier tee instead of your old standbys. But don’t think you have to overhaul your style completely — it’s worked for you this long, so you must be doing something right.

Option No. 1

In case it hasn’t become apparent, I’m a sucker for black and white graphic prints, especially stripes. My closet is beginning to look like a very stylish old-timey prison wardrobe, but I don’t even care — black and white stripes are the most versatile print there is and can be paired with nearly anything else, even more stripes. In this case, try a pair of high-waisted, super-skinny jeans to offset the loose shape and horizontal stripes on top. If it were me, I’d pair this outfit with bright ballet flats and half-tuck-in the shirt so it looks like I don’t even care how fabulous I am. But you do you.

Tee: Anthropologie, $68
Jeans: Nasty Gal, $75

Option No. 2

I may have picked this tee solely because, as any diehard Syracuse fan knows, the number 44 is legendary. And because all the greats have worn No. 44, you should too. Such a sporty t-shirt definitely isn’t the most feminine look, but paired with skinny cargo pants and armloads of jewelry, you definitely won’t feel like one of the boys — even if you can drink all of them under the table.

Tee: Free People, $78
Pants: H&M, $34.95

Option No. 3

If solid-colored, extra soft t-shirts are more your thing, all the prints and graphics may be making you a little nervous. But just because you don’t like to get creative with your patterns doesn’t mean you still can’t rock a super-cool shirt. Try something that’s worn-in and comfortable, but in a more architectural cut. It’s loose and comfortable, just like the right t-shirt should be, but a step above the average tee. Pair it with leather-paneled motorcycle leggings for an extra dose of badassery.

Tee: ASOS, $36.58
Leggings: Forever 21, $14.80

Option No. 4

Just like how all the fashion magazines say that every girl needs a little black dress in her closet, I’m saying that every girl needs a little camouflage. I love camo, perhaps too much, mainly because it’s a pretty effortless way to look cool. A boyish camo tee can easily be dressed up with the right bottoms, and in this case a pair of lightweight, high-waisted pegged pants with gold zippered ankles are the perfect choice. This get-up may be a little KimYe for most people’s taste, but I can’t think of anything I’d like better than for Kanye West to approve of my outfit.

Tee: Urban Outfitters, $44
Pants: ASOS, $46.55

Option No. 5

What’s better than David Bowies and puppies? David Bowie as a puppy. I’m usually somewhat opposed to graphic tees, but when the right one comes along, I’m sold. In this case, it’s almost so wrong it’s right. And paired with super-distressed, washed out skinny jeans, it’s adorable and edgy at the same time. I’m not sure Ziggy Stardust would approve, but I sure do.

Tee: ASOS, $74.81
Jeans: Free People, $158

TAGGED: ask avery, david bowie, denim, jeans, kanye west, t-shirts, tees

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