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Six Ways to Beat a Jeans & T-Shirt Rut

Miranda Kerr wears some really fabulous jeans and t-shirt-based outfits, pairing floral denim and striped tees with perfect pointy-toe pumps. But that's not the kind of jeans and t-shirt rut we're talking about.

We're talking about the ho-hum jeans & t-shirts combos you throw on when you're just out of the shower and realize you need to pick up something from the drugstore ten minutes ago. It's sort of like eating the slightly stale rolls at a restaurant: need-fulfilling but not exactly satisfying. Especially when you're in your skinny Madewell blue jeans and soft Splendid gray tee—both absolute staples, but not inherently exciting—and you run into an ex-boyfriend. And then you're all "I don't look minimalist-cool I look boring," and freaking out.

So maybe, sometimes, it'd be worth trying a different default template than that one. These ones below are just as one-two-go as jeans and a tee, but a little more inventive-looking, which is always good to have in your back pocket.

Swap Jeans for Pretty Shorts

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.

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