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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 and therefore a need for some versatile outfit combinations.

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.

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 (keep scrolling).

Equip yourself with the pieces below 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 | Image: @lainyblack

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THE EARRINGS

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

Reliquia
Dora Earrings
THE EARRINGS

THE LOGO TEE

A designer logo tee is always a good idea. The trick to keeping an oversized T-shirt looking chic is to wear a designer's name paired back with clean cut pieces like the suit pants below.

givenchy
black logo t-shirt
THE LOGO TEE

THE PANTS

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

mango
suit trousers
THE PANTS

THE SNEAKERS

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 chic. Plus, leather is easier to keep clean and pristine!

common projects
original achilles low-top leather sneakers
THE SNEAKERS

THE SUNNIES

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 prints, wrap styles or sculptural off-the-shoulder silhouettes. Wear it solo or try layering it over jeans to get more wear out of it in the cooler months.

Ganni
Weston horse-print cotton dress
THE SUN DRESS

THE BAG

A black handbag is versatile as it goes with everything. You can't ever go wrong with CHANEL so if you're gonna invest then go for the Gabrielle.

chanel
gabrielle leather bag
THE BAG

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
structured blazer
THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

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.

isabel markant étoile
relaxed 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 SLIDES

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

asos
fleeky mule sliders
THE SLIDES
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