Style for Dummies: 18 Simple Outfits Anyone Can Wear
by Katelyn Cheek
Getting dressed every morning seven days a week 365 days a year can be stressful. It's a lot to handle for those who consider themselves style-challenged. Even with a closet full of clothes, it's easy to feel as if you have nothing to wear. But fret not, my friends. We've come up with 18 simple outfits anyone can wear.
White T-Shirt + Black Jeans
It doesn’t get any more straightforward than a black-and-white outfit. When in doubt, pull out your basics, like this look from Kayla of Not Your Standard. A plain white tee is your best friend when you’re not feeling fashionably creative.
Danielle of Hardt Shaped Box takes advantage of her leather jacket and black basics to create a chic and sleek look. A leather jacket is a piece that every woman should own because it’s a fashion statement easy to toss on in a hurry.
If you're fighting with your closet, reach for your favorite striped tee as Julie of Sincerely, Jules did. A striped shirt can be dressed up with a pair of trousers or a skirt or worn casually with denim.
White on White
If you need to freshen up your look, white on white is your best bet. Aimee of Song of Style went with ripped jeans and heels, but we’d love to see this look with white trousers or white jeans at the office.
Oversized Sweater + Skinny Jeans
For the mornings when getting out of bed seems impossible, reach for an oversized sweater and skinny jeans as Arielle of Something Navy did. It’s the perfect balance of comfort and style.
Keep It Soft
Soft gray and light-washed denim is a gorgeous and easy-to-wear color combo. Mimic Rachel of Pink Peonies finished off the look with nude-colored accessories to keep everything simple yet elegant.
A trench coat is a wardrobe essential. It instantly dresses up any shirt, sweater, or dress. Kat of With Love From Kat shows just how perfectly leopard print goes with a trench.
Effortless Denim Skirt
Denim skirts have made a serious comeback from the early 2000s. If you're in need of an effortless look, throw on some pumps and a chunky-knit sweater as Christine of Hello Fashion Blog did.
Black + Gray
Black-and-gray is another must-wear color combo. If you’re suffering from closet confusion, pair your black and gray pieces together as Mija of Creators of Desire did. It’s a no-fail way to look stylish!
A black blazer is another must-have and versatile enough for both work and play. We love this twist on the menswear vibe by Annabelle of Viva Luxury. In the mood for a more feminine look? Add a statement necklace, trousers, and of course a pair of pumps.
The Midi Skirt
Midi skirts were made for every girl. Whether you’re in need of an outfit for date night or simply a day at your desk, this flirty silhouette is for you. We love this uncomplicated look by A Love is Blind, but if you want to dress it up more, combine it with your standard white blouse.
When in doubt, opt for a wrap dress like Kim's of Lace and Locks. A wrap dress works on any body type and can take you smoothly from desk to date.
A fit-‘n-flare dress—like this floral-print beauty on Blair of Atlantic-Pacific—is another silhouette that works for almost anyone. It’s perfect for hiding unflattering tummy moments or just avoiding pants on a hot day.
Keep your life simple with matching separates like these on Jessie of Seams For Desire. These versatile items can be worn separately or together. But if you’re not feeling particularly stylish or creative, pick what’s easy—pieces that are literally made for each other.
Cardigan over Dress
Another easy look, made to fit anyone’s personal style, is a cardigan over a dress, like this combo from blogger Style Lovely. For an effortless day look, try an oversized cardigan; or keep it structured for more professional occasions.
A shift dress—plain or printed—is another go-to dress style that fits most body types. Rock a denim jacket like Merrick's Art for the weekend and a blazer for weekdays. This multipurpose wardrobe piece is essential to make getting dressed a cinch.
For an effortless spring and summer day, choose a maxi dress like Shea’s of Peach Love Shea. All you need is a jacket and sandals, and you’re set for the day—whatever it may bring.
Enjoy a throwback to the ’70s, and slip into a pair of flare jeans. Pair your bell-bottoms with any blouse, poncho, sweater, or T-shirt. To help lengthen your legs, we recommend a pair of heels like Mary’s of Happily Grey.