The weekend will be here soon, and you will want a respite from starched collars and neat creases. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on style. While comfort is the operative word, you can find stylish ways to pull off that go-to off duty uniform of jeans-and-T-shirt. From James Dean’s nonchalant style to George Clooney’s grown-up approach, these five jeans-and-T-shirt pairings will keep you looking good.
A pair of black skinny jeans is a staple in every wardrobe. Look for a flattering unwashed pair without the distressed, patchwork bells and whistles that scream hipster. A soft cotton T-shirt with a graphic print that’s tasteful is the perfect complement to the jeans.
Nice in Navy
Without doubt, the most politically correct pair of jeans are always a pair of slim-fit navy ones. Rule of thumb dictates you should always pick a softly washed pair—it says casual without pegging you as cavalier. Club it with a pastel polo shirt to pull off Casual Friday and ring in the weekend.
Gentlemen, if you’re carrying a little holiday weight, learn how to make your jeans work for you. When it comes to picking the right pair, it’s all about the fit. If you’re not up for experimenting—and let’s be honest, somethings like a classic martini should be left untouched—always, always go for a slim fit pair (not skinny, not dad jeans) in indigo. If the dress code says smart casuals, pick a Henley T-shirt or a full-sleeved one with a tennis collar.
Keep It Light
The cardinal rule of making denim work is to bear in mind that dark shades are for when you want to look dressed up and lighter washes are for when you want to keep it casual. Whether your weekend involves a getaway or not, team a pair of straight-cut light washed jeans with a comfortable cotton T-shirt.
If dad jeans are more your style, the best way to make them look cool is with the graphic T-shirt. Go for a fresh young print to offset the baggy cut, and you’re good to go.