Three Classic Wardrobe Combos That Always Work

How to get changed and out the door in five minutes flat.
By Emily ,

When I first came up with the idea to start my Weekday Wardrobe series three years ago, I did it in part to share my daily outfits with you, but also because I knew it would hold me accountable to getting dressed every morning. At the time, I worked from home and could have too-easily opted for sweatpants all day, every day, but used it as a source of inspiration to put effort into my daily outfits. 

Since then, my life has changed pretty dramatically—my company is larger and more demanding than ever, we've moved out of our home office and into our second "official" office, and (last but certainly not least!) I have a daughter. Getting dressed isn't the luxurious, light-a-candle-while-sifting-through-my-closet routine it once was. Most mornings, I need to be changed and out the door in five minutes flat to be able to get my toddler to school in time. While I've tried setting my clothes out the night before, I've found it doesn't necessarily work for me (I often change my mind the morning-of). Instead, I invest in neutrals that can go with a number of things and rely on a few tried-and-true combos for last-minute dashes. Here are three get-out-the-door wardrobe combos that always work:

Elizabeth and James Coat (similar here), Pin (similar here), Maje Dress (similar here), Falke Socks, Zara Shoes (similar here), Kalamarie Bag c/o. Full outfit here.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Dress and Coat (similar here and here), Zara Shoes (similar here). Full outfit here.

Ray-Ban Aviators, Cupcakes and Cashmere Coat (similar here), Enza Costa Dress (similar here), Elyse Walker Tie Dye Pumps (similar in coral here), Celine Bag (similar here), Makeup Forever Lipstick in #40. Full outfit here.

While a short dress or skirt, especially one that's form-fitting, can feel too revealing, throwing a knee-length coat, trench, or sweater over it instantly elevates it to something that feels like a contemporary take on a 1950s-inspired trench and pencil skirt. While I'm partial to mixing neutrals together (as in the third photo), I also love how instantly eye-catching this look becomes when throwing a trench over a patterned dress, or staying within the same color scheme (as in the second photo). 

P.S., Click here, here, and here to see other times I've worn this look.

Ray-Ban Aviators, Forever 21 Sweatshirt (similar here), Margaret O'Leary Skirt c/o (similar here), Manolo Blahnik Pumps (affordable version here), Vintage Clutch. Full outfit here.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Sweater and Skirt (similar here and here), Zara Heels (similar here) Full outfit here.

Ray-Ban Aviators, T by Alexander Wang Top, Handmade Leather Hair Tie (similar here), Gap Pants, Manolo Blahnik Heels (affordable version here), Vintage Clutch. Full outfit here.

If all-black is a universally-loved chic look, all-grey is its underrated counter-part, but one of my favorite combos. To pull it off, it's all about combining "high" with "low," i.e., a slouchy t-shirt with stilettos, or an over-sized sweatshirt with a conservative pencil skirt or trouser. It looks a little less serious than all-black, but not quite as precious as head-to-toe white, so I can easily wear it from school drop-off to work meetings. 

Ray-Ban Aviators, Milly Top (similar here on sale!), A.L.C. Skirt (similar here), Givenchy Sandals (similar here), Topshop Clutch (similar here). Full outfit here.

Ray-Ban Aviators, Equipment Blouse (similar here), Cynthia Rowley Skirt, Balenciaga Clutch (similar here), Cupcakes and Cashmere X Club Monaco Heels (similar here), Topshop 'Plastique' Lip Bullet (no longer available). Full outfit here.

Celine Sunglasses (similar here), Elizabeth and James Top c/o (similar here), Club Monaco Skirt (similar here), Zara Pumps (similar here), Vintage Bag. Full outfit here.

One of the biggest mistakes I used to make in getting ready was leaving my bottoms as an after-thought and focusing only on the top. But I've found that doing exactly the opposite is both easier and often looks cooler, which is why so many of my outfits use this formula. After selecting a knock-out skirt, I reach for almost any neutral top to go with it, whether a fun crop with a high-waisted number, or a breezy button down (as in image 2) that would have looked far less memorable had I paired it with a simple pair of jeans.

P.S., Click here, here, and here to see other times I've worn this combo.

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