It's got a collar, pockets, buttons and a belted detail, so it looks kinda complicated, like you actually tried while getting dressed. Except it's so easy. Toss it on with simple sandals and you're good to go.
Something about a great pair of shorts just feels more put-together than plain old jeans, like there's conviction behind your choice, like "ooooo, you're doing a shorts look today." Pick ones that are high-waisted or scalloped or something (or both, like these) with enough fabric so don't feel like you're wearing booty shorts: they'll be pretty, and you'll be comfortable.
Okay, wait. Jeans & a t-shirt combos can look fresh, especially when you step out of the conventional slim jeans & slightly slouchy t-shirt pairing. Pick an exaggeratedly boxy top and some wide leg denim, then add a pair of classic aviators to finish it off. It's still jeans & a t-shirt. But it's not really, it's so much more. It has attitude.
Jersey t-shirt dresses like this are basically nightgowns that's its considered cool to wear in public, so honestly, they're even easier to default to than jeans and t-shirt. And when you add classic, cool kid sneakers like Sueprgas or Converse, it looks stylized in a model off duty way.
If you were reaching for jeans & a t-shirt you probably don't want to wear fancy silk pants. Gotcha. But if you pick up a pair like these—cotton, machine washable, casual but cool pants—you'll look more polished with no extra effort.
Same theory as the no-fuss pants: slip on a button down with those jeans instead of a t-shirt, and it'll look crisper. Extra points for a cool print, of course, and yeah, we'd suggest cotton ones that don't require any dry cleaning so you'll actually wear them over and over.
cotton lawn print long sleeve shirt, $29.90, uniqlo.com