How to Get Out of a T-Shirt and Jeans Slump

obsessed with this lightweight summer sweater

Are you stuck in a jeans and a t-shirt rut? Try these three tips to add a little personality to your basics. 

Outfit Details:
Sweater Tee (super lightweight, wearing size small) 

Old H&M Jeans: Similar HERE, HERE, and HERE
Madewell Tote
Pink Hair Bow
Apple Watch Leather Band
Leather Strap Sandals

I’m a total sucker for jeans and a t-shirt. But sometimes putting on two basics makes, well…a basic outfit. Let’s add a little personality.

I wanted to share three easy tips to make a really basic outfit special, visually interesting, and let your personality shine through!


light wash jeans
this short sleeve sweater is so perfect for summer!
some of my favorite summer sandals
light wash jeans
summer short sleeve sweater

Three tips for getting out of your Jeans and T-Shirt Slump:

1. Add accessories.

Add a baseball cap. A hair bow. A scarf in your hair. A straw hat. Any of these will take even the most basic jeans and tee outfit to the next level. I’m obsessed with these hair bows and bought the mauve colored one AND the striped one.



2. Add a fun pair of shoes.

Brightly colored flats, embellished sandals, fun sneakers, a cute pair of wedges…there are endless possibilities beyond an old pair of flip flops. Push yourself a little and wear something you wouldn’t naturally reach for.


Swap out your tee for something with a little more personality.

You guys know I love a good tee, but there are tons of cute tops that are just as comfortable, but make your outfit so much more special. I linked a few favorites below!



I’ve started a really fun series on my Instagram Stories called Get Dressed with Merrick where I share what I’m wearing that day, along with styling advice, outfit variations, and shopping tips. If you’ve missed them, I’ll be sharing a new one every week, and all of them will be going up on YouTube soon!


  1. Paige Flamm says:

    These are all awesome tips! I definitely need to add more accessories to my wardrobe!


  2. Natali says:

    Looking fantastic and super stylish as always!

  3. Jen says:

    This post makes me want to wear jeans and a tee. Gorgeous photos! x

    Jen |

  4. Amanda says:

    I love these style! I love to wear jeans and tees. These are some awesome outfits. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks a lot for sharing the great article.

  5. MereDith says:

    Could you please send me the link for the pink bow ? I couldnt find it anywher.

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