As much as I consider shopping a personal sport, there are times when everything in my closet just feels blah. Call it the closet full of clothes with nothing to wear syndrome. It seems to irregularly strike and without warning– no matter if I just bought something I loved last week. Although my job requires me to think about fashion almost every single day, it can still be a challenge to style myself when I’m in a clothing rut. So how do I overcome a bout of fashion fatigue? Here’s when having a mental Rolodex of outfit formulas comes into play. If my brain is fresh out of ideas (or if I’m pressed for time), I lean on a handful of outfit combinations that I know will work every time. While there are several styling approaches to achieving a great look, the most efficient is the two-piece ensemble. Simplicity is the key here–don’t worry about complex layering or matching every component down to a t. All you need are two strong pieces and minimal accessories to match. Ahead, see the best two-piece outfit combos I have bookmarked and regularly reference, as well as how to re-create them for yourself. Here’s something to do with that extensive sweater collection: layer it on top of a coat or dress for a sartorial touch. It’s pretty much a fact that everyone lives in sweaters and knits right now, so don’t be afraid to layer them up in adventurous, new ways. Few options top the simple elegance of a power suit. Running weekend errands just got a whole lot chicer. There’s rarely a time when an all-black outfit can do wrong, so it’s always a handy go-to when I need to look sophisticated during a time crunch. Try contrasting textures like leather and knit to add interest. Try an oversized belted blazer or “shacket” with a clingy knit skirt to play up the differing proportions. Cut-out tops are having a moment right now, so it’s only fitting that this ensemble made the list. This outfit is cozy and chic. What more could you ask for in a winter-ready two-piece outfit? This is how you look effortless. A polka-dot print maxi dress with an animal print coat makes for an unfussy, two-piece outfit that looks anything but simple. An outfit we’d very much love to live in. As far as two-piece outfits go, white blouses and dresses are about as compatible as you can get.
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