Summer Style 101: How To Keep Your Basics From Looking Basic

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We all love the classic denim and t-shirt outfit– it’s easy, it’s comfy, and it’s pretty damn near the perfect combo. At my core, I’ve always been a denim and t-shirt gal and probably will always be.  When I’m in a rush or just longing for something comfortable to slip into, they are my go-to combo in every season. As perfect as the denim and t-shirt outfit might be, it’s easy for your basics to become, well, basic!

We all want to look effortlessly stylish in the midst of our busy lives and need great basics in our wardrobe to help us to get there. It can be all too easy to look slouchy and give off that fresh-off- the-couch vibe when wearing a simple denim and t-shirt outfit. There are a few ways, though, to ensure that you stay comfortable and stylish while looking like a million bucks in your clothing.
Here are some easy ways to step up your denim and t-shirt outfit that’ll keep you from looking anything but basic!


The T-Shirt– Nothing is more essential than a t-shirt in the summer! From outdoor concerts to picnics in the park, a t-shirt should be your bestie all summer long. You can go with something light weight to keep you cool or a t-shirt with a little more structure, which is my personal preference. I’ve tried a lot of different brands and Everlane is, by far, my favorite! I seem to always make holes in my tee’s almost immediately after wearing them. I still can’t figure out why, but these have stood the test of time. Plus, they’re less than $20!


The Teeny Tiny Denim– Let the short shorts and mini- skirt season commence! When those temps turn to triple digits here in Sacramento, wearing minimal clothing keeps me sane. Denim cut-offs are what I throw on over a swimsuit when I’m heading to the pool or lake when the days get really hot. A denim mini skirt is great for a summer day or evening. You can’t go wrong with either option! You can find some really cute denim cut offs and skirts at your local vintage shop that’ll keep you stylin’ all summer!


The Jean Jacket– I don’t know about you, but even in the summer I like to have a jacket handy because it’s always freezing when I go anywhere inside. I dread going grocery shopping in the summer and passing by the refrigerated and frozen aisles because I definitely turn into a popsicle! Try stepping up your jean jacket game by going with something embellished or one with some color, like this pastel pink number. Not only will you look the part of summer fashionista, but it’s the perfect summer layer to have handy if you get chilly.


The Statement Belt– An easy way to spice up your basics this summer is to add a statement belt. It’ll help pull your whole outfit together and make it look like you put in lots of thought and effort into what you’re wearing without having to do anything more than loop a belt through the buckles.


Colorful Sunnies– Another accessory that you need in order to keep your basic look from being basic is a pair of colorful sunnies! Sunglasses are such a fun, easy way to change the whole feel of your outfit, especially on days where it’s too hot for additional layers. Personally, I don’t like to spend a ton of money on sunglasses because the styles come and go so quickly and I won’t have a heart attack if I lose or break them. I snagged these in the Nordstrom BP section for $12 and I couldn’t be happier.


The Embellished Bootie– Do the unexpected and add some spice to your look by putting on a pair of statement booties instead of sandals. Boots don’t have to just be for the Autumn and Winter seasons, you can sport them in the summer too. They’re the perfect shoe for all those outdoor summer concerts!


Photography by Diana Elena Photos


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some summer fun! Are you a fan of the denim and t-shirt outfit? I’d love to hear how you like to style it!


Meaghan xx


  1. Jess on June 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I LOVE those denim shorts! I need to get myself a black pair.

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks, girl!! I’ve lived in them the past few summers. My body shape makes it a bit of a challenge to find the right pair, but when I do… I love them!

  2. Cristina on June 16, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I am so in love with this look. That belt is everything and I think I need to add it to my wardrobe 🙂

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Cristina!! I completely support this decision to add the belt to your wardrobe hehe. Such a great piece to have handy to give your summer outfits some sass!

  3. Jordyn on June 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Love your jean jacket! I’ve been looking for one!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      I’m so not normally a pink gal, but I had to have it! I tried to get my friend to buy it at first, but she wouldn’t so here I am with it haha

  4. Lydia L D'Antonio on June 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

    LOVE this post! Those black cut offs are amazing!


    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Lydia!! One of my summer faves to wear. I realize now what a great find they were for me. A lot of cut off’s don’t fit my body shape really well, so finding these was like winning the lottery!!

  5. Lindsey Puls on June 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I love this outfit!! And your sunnies are amazing. I need to add more colorful sunnies to my collection for this summer. I don’t have nearly enough! 🙂

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      You can never go wrong with more sunnies haha!! PB has such a great selection of affordable pairs to choose from. You should definitely check them out! Hope you’re having an awesome summer Lindsey : )

  6. JANA STYLE BLOG on June 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Love your style! So street chic 🙂 xo Jana |

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 24, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Oh thank you babe!! I like to keep things a little edgy over here : )

  7. aclassicambition on June 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    This is such a fun outfit! I love your booties!!

    xo Kayla

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 24, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Kayla! The booties are some of my faves! A target score that I’m so glad I didn’t say no to!

  8. shannon on June 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    These shorts are so cute! I love how you paired them with the boots too. & those sunnies!!! I neeeeed! x Shannon •

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 25, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, love! They’re my faves. Gotta trade out the summer sandals for boots every once in a while, ya know?! xx

  9. Beatriz Adrianna on June 21, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Omg I love the booties! So gorgeous! I also like your belt! Actually, I love your whole outfit!

    xx Beatriz |

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 25, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Aren’t they the cutest?! Such a great find from Target. And thank you on the whole outfit compliment; you can only wear so much clothing when its hot out haha! xx

  10. brianatrev on June 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Your outfit is seriously killer! I so need a new statement belt!


    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 25, 2018 at 8:48 am

      Aww and you’re seriously so sweet, thank you!! Statement belts make all the difference with the summer outfits, so you’ve got my full support over here! xx

  11. Lindsay Shores on June 24, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Love these, especially the embellished booties! xx, Lindsay

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 25, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Thank you, gorgeous!! I go through times where I completely forget about them, so they always feel like new haha. Definitely one of my favorite ways to change things up in the summer xx

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