Ever find yourself rushing to get ready for something, going into your closet and thinking, “Oh my gosh–I have nothing to wear!”? We’ve all had those moments. And the lots-of-clothes-but-nothing-to-wear syndrome is always worse when you need to get ready in a short amount of time.
To avoid these freak-outs and save time, I’ll pull a “staple” from my closet (a neutral colored dress or top) and jewelry, belts, bags, etc. and brainstorm outfits when I have a few minutes to spare. I love using those gaps of time where I’m waiting for clothes to finish in the dryer or dinner to finish in the oven. When I find a combination I love I’ll take a photo for instant outfit inspiration later. This also gets my creative juices going better than when I need to throw something together right before an event. You know those people who make their meals Sunday afternoon for the work week? This is my fashion equivalent of that same type of planning :).
For the looks below I started with this LBD from Topshop. I love this dress because the cut and length are perfect and due its simplicity it’s the perfect canvas for creating many outfits. For reference, I am wearing a US 6. Topshop is a European brand and typically runs one size small.
Look #1: Dressed down casual
Perfect for: Backyard BBQs, ball games, running errands…and much more!
This outfit is simple but gives off that put-together-without-trying vibe. The light color of this Express denim shirt creates a nice contrast against the dark color of the dress and gives it a more casual look. I went with neutral colors for shoes, bag, and jewelry to avoid having the outfit looking too busy (sidebar: neutral bags/shoes/accessories are the way to go if you are trying to get more outfits from your current wardrobe!)
Look #2: Dressed up feminine
Perfect for: Church, Sunday morning brunchThe sash I am wearing actually came with a dress I got from H&M 6 years ago! It adds interest and give the outfit a more fitted look. I thought the red clutch added a nice pop of color.
Look #3: Semi-formal
Perfect for: Fine dining, date nightNot putting anything at the waist shows off this shift dress and makes it look more formal. For a pop of color, I added my favorite Kendra Scott statement necklace on top of a few other delicate necklaces to add interest. With the color in the necklace I kept the clutch neutral.
Ok, off to a 3rd birthday party for Juliana’s classmate, then catching our last ball game of the season. Happy Sunday ya’ll and leave comments below to let me know what you think or what outfit combinations you would like to see in the future!