This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
You know those days when you roll out of bed at noon, can’t be bothered to do your hair, and want brunch,badly. Getting dressed in anything more exciting thana T-shirt, a pair of jeans, flats, and a sweater seems nearly Herculean at that point.
But…we’re here to say you shouldn’t have to try any harder than that to feel good. Don’t stuff your feet into stilettos. Don’t try out that new trend. Just…don’t. For those decadently lazy weekend days, you can totally pull off the standby combo and still look your chic best. Ahead, we’ve put together five versions of this foolproof ensemble that still manage to preserve your fashion dignity without squeezing too many of your mind grapes. You can thank us later — right now, just get back to bed!
The Sexy Scholar — A sheer T-shirt can be worn with a cami underneath (or just your bra — get it, girl!), especially when you balance it with an oversized, nubby knit, loafers, and a satchel.
Rebecca Minkoff Harlis Loafer, $225, available at Rebecca Minkoff; Uniqlo Merino Cardigan, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; AllSaints Molotov Kenta Jeans, $120, available at AllSaints; Madewell Sheer Shapes Tee, $49.99, available at Madewell; Prada Flap Bag, $2,895, available at Prada.
Pastel Dream — Get away with a loose-fit cropped shirt by wearing it with a pair of high-waisted jeans. We love a patent pair of pointed sandals (you can still rock them this early in fall!), but wrap everything up in a draped-front cardigan.
Reiss Tana T-Shirt, $47, available at Reiss; John Fluevog Pink Flat, $99, available at Fluevog; VPL Shift Cardigan, $495, available at La Garconne; DANNIJO Roe Necklace, $495, available at DANNIJO; River Island High Waisted Jeans, $48.63, available at River Island.
Sporty Spice — Wearing sneakers, jeans, and a T-shirt can look put together as long as you make sure that each are filled with personality. A blazer-cut knit keeps the polish level high.
Noir Components Bracelet, $160, available at Madewell; Helmut Lang Spider Skinny Jean, $220, available at Otte; KedsChampion Kimono Dot, $55, available at Keds; Miss Selfridge Grey Boucle Trim Jacket, $61, available at Miss Selfridge;BDG Double Buckle Backpack, $69, available at Urban Outfitters; Etoile Isabel Marant Shirt, $220, available at My Theresa.
Elegance, Undone — Dress up a T-shirt and jeans with a shirt made in a super-luxe material, cap-toed flats, and subtle (but flashy!) jewelry. Dark denim always looks more fancy than its lighter-wash brethren, so it’s perfect for any day where you need a fashion jump-start.
C Wonder Square Bling Chain Studs, $34, available at C Wonder; Proenza Schouler Baggy T-Shirt, $475, available at La Garconne; Dolce Vita Cap Toe Flats, $169, available at Bloomingdale’s; John Lewis Long Ribbed Asymmetric Cardigan, $95.30, available at John Lewis; A&F Super Skinny Jeans, $59, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Goth Redux — Black pants and a black shirt is a classic combination, but it ain’t too exciting. Wear it with a patterned cardigan and a patterned shoe and watch as your style quotient gets an upgrade.
Mango Laser Cut T-Shirt, $19.99, available at Mango; Zara Fantasy Velvet Ballerina, $35.90, available at Zara; TopshopKnitted Geo-Festival Cardigan, $92, available at Topshop; Current/Elliot The Jean Legging, $220, available at Net-a-Porter; Alexis Bittar Siyabona Gold Large Spiked Woven Cuff, $275, available at Alexis Bittar.
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