You’re rushing to get out the door, and as you reach for something a bit nicer than your scruffy old track pants and oversized tee, you start to panic – “I’ve got nothing to wear!”. You flick through your wardrobe, and make your way past impulse buys you didn’t quite gel with and statement pieces that are too dressy for a trip to the supermarket. What you need is a collection of ‘old faithfuls’: stylish yet comfy items that will take you to all your everyday activities. To get you started, here are 5 ways to nail effortless style on those hectic days.
Start simple with a t-shirt and jeans
You can’t go past a classic pair of denim jeans and a plain white tee as the base layer of your go-to outfit. This dream team has the versatility and casual cool to go wherever your day takes you. Let your personal style guide you to find what works: vintage denim and a scoop neck tee, a slouchy shirt tucked into high-waisted jeans, or even a simple tank top over wide legs will work for this easy hack.
Take your pick from a range of jean cuts and find a go-to denim piece:
Add a pair of flats for a casual, laid-back look. You can very easily elevate your outfit from day to night with a pair of colourful heels.
The must-have moto
If there’s one fashion item that never goes out of vogue, it’s the moto jacket. Modelled off leather motorcycle gear, these waist-length coats flatter any body shape while keeping you warm during the cooler months.
Take your pick from a wide range of cuts and colours to find the perfect match for your tastes. These jackets are ideal for throwing on over your outfit to give it a little edge. Wear over your jeans and T-shirt combo, a cute floral dress or a midi skirt.
Blaze through your day
Headed out somewhere more exciting than the supermarket or kids’ footy game? A neat blazer will give you that dressy look without any extra effort. Pair with some classy heels and dark denim for an office-ready look. Rolled cuffs give a more chilled vibe for café brunch or a night on the town. Get creative and try out different textures, colours and patterns – with a couple of choices stashed in your wardrobe, you can change up your base outfit to suit your mood.
Legging it in style
We get it – jeans aren’t for everyone, every day. Sometimes you need a more flexible option. Enter the legging.
Not only are they comfortable, but they’re also versatile. A gorgeous pair of plain leggings is a wardrobe necessity. From housework to pilates, quiet morning jogs to all-night parties, nothing beats leggings for adaptability and comfort. They really are a blank canvas: wear with a crop top for sporty endeavors, or chuck a T-shirt on while you run errands. You can layer them under a dress with knee-high boots for cooler days, or sandals and a strappy handbag for that summer feeling. You can even wear them with a blazer and patent leather heels for an office outfit you can really work in. Stick to neutral colours for the perfect bottom pairing, or stand out with bright colours and patterns.
Top it off with the perfect handbag
Jeans, T-shirt, jacket – check! Now you just need the right bag to set it all off. While there are plenty of fun and flirty styles around, it’s a good idea to have a basic style in a simple black, camel or nude, so you’ve always got something to grab, no matter the outfit. Hot tip: avoid leather on leather – when wearing a leather jacket, an over-the-arm handbag style is your best bet to avoid wear and damage across the shoulders from bag straps.
You will always have something to turn to with these items in your wardrobe! Whether you’re running errands or have a busy day ahead of you at work, these essential items will help you pull together a cute outfit.