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3 Fail-Safe Outfit Combinations That Work Every Time

Introducing your ultimate fashion fallback plan.

For me, the change of seasons always brings with it a bout of wardrobe despair.

Nothing feels ‘weather appropriate’ anymore, and I’m suddenly missing key basics that pull everything in my wardrobe together.

Yep, getting dressed has become a frustrating challenge of late (#thestruggleisreal), and I’m considering a complete wardrobe overhaul. That is, after I’ve exhausted all of my options with these 9 outfit hacks.

It doesn’t help that while we’re starting to pack on the layers down here in the southern hemisphere, Instagram’s a constant reminder that it’s time to strip ’em off elsewhere in the world (someone plz send me on a European vacay RN???) – and so the wardrobe conundrum continues.

This got me thinking… how does one (and more importantly, one’s wardrobe) transition smoothly throughout the year?

The obvious (and most bank account-friendly) solution is to take it back to basics.

Simplify. Keep it classic. Invest in the right pieces.

Rain, hail or shine, there are a couple of cute outfit combinations that ALWAYS work – and I’m here to tell you what they are.

Equip yourself with these pieces and you’ll always be well dressed. Wear the full look, mix and match the pieces, and work them back with other pieces you have in your wardrobe.

Think of it as taking a load (of pressure – not laundry) off your shoulders.

BRB, just going to take some of my own advice…

Words: @carmengracehamilton

 

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THE BASIC TEE

This basic tee is fool-proof; it has the ideal fit and will last you for years. Choosing grey is a little more outside-the-box than a classic white. Layer this under dresses to toughen up your look.

acne studios
dorla cotton T-shirt
THE BASIC TEE

THE JEANS

For an updated look on the classic aesthetic, try these jeans that have a slight kick flare to elongate your legs while hugging those hips.

re/done
originals high-rise flared cropped jeans
THE JEANS

THE BAG

A two-tone handbag is versatile as you can highlight the different shades depending on how it is paired. Jeans or the dress (below) will bring out the blue whilst a crisp white tee (keep scrolling!) will highlight the black details.

chanel
gabrielle small hobo bag
THE BAG

THE SLIDES

Do as the romans do. These leather sandals give your look an effortless vibe. The slick, black leather will make sure you still look put together.

ancient greek
arsinoi sandals
THE SLIDES

THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

Every woman's wardrobe should include; a black blazer. Check that off your checklist with this baby. Finding the perfect blazer is all about striking the balance between structured shoulders and relaxed fit.

mango
textured wool blazer
THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

THE EARRINGS

Instantly update any outfit with these earrings that are the perfect mix of timeless and statement.

Reliquia
Hoop and Loop Earrings
THE EARRINGS

THE LOGO TEE

Go team! This varsity style logo tee + sneakers = effortlessly cool. The trick to keeping sporty pieces looking chic is to pair back with clean cut pieces like the cigarette pants below.

gcds
white logo tee
THE LOGO TEE

THE PANTS

Walk the walk in these cigarette trousers. Perfect for any situation and any time of the year, as they can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

mango
contrast trim trousers
THE PANTS

THE SNEAKERS

Get Sneaking. From suits to dresses to sweats, white sneakers just work and are the comfiest your feet will ever be. Plain white is easy to wear and is chicest for sneakers. Plus, leather is easier to keep clean and pristine!

common projects
original achilles low-top leather sneakers
THE SNEAKERS

THE SUNNIES

Get Shady. This classic style suits every face shape and any outfit. Wave good-bye to tired eyes.

Ahlem Eyewear
Madeleine Sunglasses
THE SUNNIES

THE SUN DRESS

A sun dress is always a good idea. Go for wrap styles or sculptural off-the-shoulder silhouettes. Wear it solo or try layering a skivvy underneath to get more wear out of it in the cooler months.

Farrow
Daytona dress
THE SUN DRESS
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