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We’ve all been there. You’re running late for work, an event, or getting together with friends, and you have nothing to wear. Fashion is a form of expression. But when you’re feeling uninspired, it can be incredibly frustrating. 

Don’t fret. Whether you want to look sleek and chic or fun and flirty, there are loads of ways to create effortless outfits in minutes. You just have to follow a few simple guidelines to create a stacked wardrobe with dozens of looks that showcase your unique style. Here’s how you can do it.

Get Your Basics Locked In

Effortless outfits have a few foundational elements. The basic pieces in your closet can go a long way in helping you create stylish outfits at the drop of a hat. Below are some staple pieces you must have:

Jeans

Skinny, straight, flare, or mom jeans, it’s important to have this staple on point for your outfit. 

Jeans are incredibly diverse. So whether you’re dressing them up with heels or kicking it casual with some white sneakers, a proper-fitting and comfortable pair of jeans will make creating effortless outfits a breeze when you’re in a rush. 

Tees

Who doesn’t love a comfortable tee? They’re not just reserved for casual days around the house. 

A proper-fitting, high-quality tee can be paired with dress pants, a leather jacket, and some boots for an effortlessly cool look that is comfortable and only takes minutes to create. They’re also great to have as undergarments for your favorite classic sweaters

Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are always in style, so make sure you have one on hand to add a bit of edge to your look. This outerwear is perfect for fall days, summer nights, and even in the winter under your heavier coats. 

When it comes to the basics, be sure to get high-quality clothing. This doesn’t mean breaking the bank. There are dozens of fantastic shops that offer affordable women’s clothing at prices your wallet and budget will love. 

Have Some Go-to Accessories

Accessories can make or break an outfit. A simple pair of blue diamond stud earrings can add a beautiful pop of color to your look, and delicate gold hoops will give you a timeless and elegant style. 

Watches are also great and practical style accessories to add an element of sophistication to your look. And don’t forget the necklace. A delicate chain with a simple charm adds a bit of personality to your look and will be an easy addition to any outfit.

Create a Color Palette 

We all have colors we gravitate toward. Whether you love earth tones filled with beiges, browns, and greens, or can’t get enough of those pretty pastels, you can create a wardrobe with a variety of colors that complement each other well. 

When shopping for your basics and statement pieces, keep in mind the colors you like to wear. If you gravitate toward darker colors, be sure to have a few basics with lighter colors to balance everything out, and vice versa if you gravitate toward brighter colors. 

Fashion is all about balance, and there can be too much of a good thing. So, be sure to do some research on what colors pair best to get loads of effortless looks in minutes. 

Makeup Matters Too

Makeup can transform a look. A red lip, brushing up your eyebrows and putting on a dab of blush make a big difference. And it only takes minutes to add to your look. 

If you’re not afraid of a bold lip, add it to your denim look to take things to a new level. Or keep things simple and subdued by styling your hair in a sleek bun with minimal makeup, so you can get out the door even faster. 

Don’t Forget the Shoes

The last thing we put on before we leave the house is one of the most important. Having the right pair of shoes makes all the difference in creating an effortless look. Luckily, there are so many styles to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. To keep things simple, you really just need four types: sneakers, sandals, boots, and heels. 

To find the right pair of each, opt for black, beige, and white shoes that are comfortable and flatter your body shape. 

Creating effortless looks in minutes may seem impossible, but following a few simple steps can set you up for major success in the long run.