When worn together jeans, a t-shirt and boots are more than the sum of their parts. They’re the perfect foundation for a look that can take you from smartish nights out to sitting in the park to standing around outside the pub with only a little tweaking. They’re the backbone of any good wardrobe and you need more of them.
The look works because each element is so great in its own right. Plain T-Shirts are the most perfect expression of good menswear. We’ve not really got anything to add to that. Boots are also great. Not to get too #heritage about it but there’s something very satisfying about the way a good pair of leather boots change with age, getting more supple and comfortable the more you wear them. And it goes without saying that of course jeans are brilliant as well. They’re the great leveller. You wear jeans, your dad wears jeans, Obama wears jeans. If a rubber-faced Etonian politician wants to look like a real person and not just a lizard operating a human puppet, he wears a pair of jeans for a photo op. But it’s when they’re worn together that they really fulfil their potential, becoming a trinary star, each one perfectly locked into the other’s orbit.
This brilliant fusion sits above trends. It looks at your Balenciaga Triple S trainers and does a jerk-off motion to its mates when you’re not looking. One of the problems with trends is that they can obfuscate everything that is pleasurable about wearing and buying clothes. They can redirect your desire away from wanting something because you like how it’s made or how it looks and make you feel like you’re constantly running to keep up. Investing in these classics will bring you lasting pleasure because, unlike buying the latest thing, your investment doesn’t get dated the next time you check your Instagram feed. By stepping outside of the race and choosing to wear a look that’s this simple, your focus will shift from the overall effect to the details. It’s not just about wearing jeans, it becomes about wearing the right fit. The weight of the jersey you choose for your tee takes on added importance. Working out which leather suits which denim becomes an (admittedly anal) obsession.
But even if you’re not interested in any of that, this tripartite will forgive you. It forgives bad physiques, OK faces, low budgets, and no iron. It’s fine no matter how old you are. And that’s because instead of shouting about how great they are, these three are understated enough not to bother with shouting anything. In fact, this look says a lot of things about you and it’s all good stuff. You’ll look like a man who maybe knows how to fix a car, instead of a man who watches an unhealthy amount of Netflix. You in jeans, boots, and a t-shirt is the best version of you, the kind of man you could be if you didn’t spend so much time reading fashion blogs and called your gran more. If fashion is a language then jeans, boots, and a t-shirt talk with a reassuring regional lilt.
We could go on and on and on about this (honestly we already have) but we’ll try and wrap it up before you get a bit sick of us. If you’re looking to try something new, try this. And if you’re already doing this, give yourself a big pat on the back. Well done.