Fashion Tutorial: How to Style a White T-shirt and Jeans

5 Minutes

In this tutorial I will share how to maximize classic wardrobe essentials: specifically, how to style jeans and a white t-shirt for different occasions.

These timeless outfit ideas for date night or any occasion show how much of a wardrobe basic and staple jeans and a t-shirt are. I’ll also show you how to accessorize them with jewelry to bring your look up a notch.

Classic and elevated jeans and t-shirt style

1. Classic and elevated jeans and t-shirt style

For this polished, tailored look, choose straight-legged jeans and tuck in your classic white t-shirt.

There is low contrast between the jeans and t-shirt, and I want to maintain that low contrast throughout the body of the outfit. So, for this look, I will introduce the contrast in my footwear and choose a pair of flat, black slingbacks.

I am specifically not adding a belt, because that would pull the focus in, and compete with the contrast of my shoes.

I did add some bold, classic sunglasses, and my put-together, fitted classic jeans and t-shirt style is complete!

Casual and athletic jean and t-shirt style

2. Casual and athletic jean and t-shirt style

The elements of style that come with a casual and athletic look include a looser, off-body fit for your jeans, then the straight-legged jeans that were in the classic style.

Alternatively, you could opt for a very tight fit instead of the classic straight leg. That brings out the athletic vibe.

For the casual, athletic style I am keeping my t-shirt untucked.

Knot tied in front of t-shirt for casual look

You could also tie a little knot in the front of the t-shirt for a different sort of casual look.

Outfit paired with sleek backpack

Running shoes will add some weight at the bottom of this look, and you can balance that out with a ball cap and backpack. 

Retro-style jeans and t-shirt

3. Retro-style jeans and t-shirt

For this retro style, I am switching up the silhouette of the denim jeans and opting for some vintage Levi jeans with a higher waistline and a pin-rolled cuff on the leg. This gives the jeans a retro balloon effect.

The running shoes from Style 2, or the black and white flats shown above, both give a retro feel to this style.

Big hoops to add to the retro look

A big pair of hoop earrings adds to the retro look.

Romantic jeans and t-shirt style

4. Romantic jeans and t-shirt style

The main elements that come to mind when we think about a romantic look are softness, flowy movement and some body definition.


For this romantic jeans and t-shirt look, I tucked in my t-shirt and used a soft, flowy scarf as a belt.

Accesorizing with a scarf and pearl earrings

You could also use the scarf in your hair, and pair it with some romantic white pearl earrings.

Jeans and a t-shirt for business-casual

5. Jeans and a t-shirt for business-casual

As many of us are going back to the office these days, with a potentially more casual office culture than before, it’s great to be able to repurpose some of your weekend clothes for office wear.

The business-casual look is a lot like the classic, elevated style in the first look of this tutorial. So, I went back to my straight-legged jeans, with my t-shirt tucked in.

I added a wide belt and a fitted blazer in a neutral color so you don’t create too much contrast.

Jeans and a t-shirt for business-casual

Adding the simple black and white flats plays off the bright white of the t-shirt, while the sharpness of the toe looks more polished than romantic. A professional looking bag and watch, complements the business-casual look.

How to style a white t-shirt and jeans

How to style a white t-shirt and jeans

What's your favorite way to style jeans and the best white t-shirt?

Leave a comment to let me know, and also tell me which styles you tried from this tutorial.

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