The following is a guest post from our friends at Lucky.

Miranda Kerr wears some really fabulous jeans and t-shirt-based outfits, pairing floral denim and striped teeswith 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.

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Swap Tees for Button Downs

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.

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