white tee, on sale for under $15! (wearing size small) 
 denim (same pair available here, similar pair and more sizes here and here)
photos by rad and happy
Jeans and a t-shirt is everyone’s go-to for a quick and easy outfit, right? I certainly know it’s mine. But an outfit as simple as that can look unfinished and boring. So let’s talk about how you can make this basic outfit into a chic and visually interesting outfit, all without sacrificing comfort:
1. Add a shirt around your waist. I love this trend that’s so popular right now because it just amps up any basic outfit. I love tying them around my waist over a dress, with a skirt, with shorts…pretty much anything! This red and blue one from the Nordstrom Sale instantly caught my eye, and I love that it’s plaid but not Christmasy. You can wear this baby all year long! The best part? It’s on sale for under $25, but hurry because it’s selling fast! It also comes in a few other colors right here.
If you can’t snag yourself one of those, this boyfriend style plaid shirt comes in a ton of good colors and is perfectly oversized. 
2. Wear something great on your feet. The typical choice for a simple outfit is simple shoes. But do not reach for those rubber flip flops. I mean it. The way to make an outfit not so basic and boring is by adding great accessories. Shoes can make or break your outfit (and rubber flip flops always, always break it). 
I just picked up these ankle boots from the Nordstrom Sale and they make this outfit feel like a real outfit, and like you put in some effort (when you really didn’t). And at 35% off, they are a must buy. Mostly because they go with absolutely everything, and are a perfect year round kind of shoe. Wear them with dresses and shorts in the summer, and jeans and tights in the fall. I can’t wait to get a million uses out of them. 
3. Don’t forget the finishing touches!  Jewelry, sunglasses, and a bag. These always make an outfit feel complete, and just take a couple extra seconds to add. Crossbody bags are very casual, so it’s the perfect choice for an outfit like this. I just added this tiny one to my handbag collection because it was on huge sale, but I’m also loving this Kate Spade one that’s on sale for under $100, and this quilted one that’s also on sale for only $22!
As far as jewelry goes, keep it simple. I like to add a delicate necklace or two, like this one or this one, or just an oversized watch and bracelet.  Throw on a pair of chic sunglasses and your outfit is complete. 
ALSO, did you guys know today is Amazon Prime day? Apparently the sales over on Amazon are as big as Black Friday. It’s available only for Prime members, but you can sign up for their 30 day free trial, so really it’s available to everyone! 
Of course we all love Amazon, but I really really love it because I’ve discovered that old, sold out items can often be found there. Like my very favorite Dittos Jessica jeans that are nearly impossible to find anywhere these days, but there’s several colors and sizes available right here, and with all sizes in stock! They also have a really good selection of shoes like these gorgeous lace up sandals, these beautiful gemstone sandals (that are only $32), or pretty much anything in the Sam Edelman shoe category
So while you’re getting a really good deal on a new printer, DSLR, TV, or headphones, snag a pair of shoes too 😉 
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Happy Wednesday!


  1. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I’ve been eyeing that plaid shirt from the anniversary sale! I might have to go pull the plug and buy it now before it sells out!


  2. Natali says:

    Great outfit, so casual and simple but so stylish!

  3. Liv says:

    This is my kind of outfit, casual yet stylish.


  4. these are the perfect little booties! I need to get my hands on some<3

  5. Heidi D. says:

    I did NOT need to know about another sale! There are so many good ones going right now! Love this look on you too:)

    Wishes & Reality

  6. Rachel Dahl says:

    I’ve been following your Instagram for a couple months now, and I love how you pull together looks! Feminine, classy, & affordable. So, I just left this comment on another post, but: I’m totally going to purchase this crossbody bag today. Are you wearing the blue or grey? It looks like the grey to me, but links to the blue….I can’t decide which one I like better. (Decision challenged!)

    • Merrick says:

      Yes, it’s the gray! The link should have the gray one available too — it just probably grabbed the wrong color when I linked. You need it! It’s the perfect mini bag and SO versatile.

  7. Jessica says:

    You look fabulous as usual, Merrick! I can never get enough of plaid, personally. 🙂
    Unique Geek

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