How to Put Together the Perfect Outfit in 5 Minutes or Less

Getting dressed in the morning seems like such a basic task, but often it’s one of the most annoying parts of a woman’s day. We’ve all said at one point or another, “I have nothing to wear!” Luckily, it doesn’t have to be so complicated or frustrating. With a few easy tips and five simple steps, you can build a great outfit from the ground up in no time! Here’s my quick, easy, and fail-proof daily routine for building a great everyday outfit.



Unless I have a new top or bag that I’m dying to wear, I aways start by choosing my bottom half. I look out the window or look up the forecast and then choose pants, a skirt, or shorts for the day.


Next up, pick your top. I often have an outfit idea in my head already, but if I don’t, I’ll hold my jeans up to my shirts and move the jeans along the line of shirts, pulling the shirts out if needed to get a better visual image of an outfit.  This trick always helps me choose unexpected combinations.


Now it’s time for shoes. I always choose out a few pairs and try them on to see how they look with the outfit. I almost always choose my shoes after I’ve put my top and bottoms on, so I can get the full picture. I have a full-length mirror that I use, and I come up close, walk far away, and turn to the side to see how each pair of shoes looks with my chosen outfit.

To be honest, I often choose my bag very last after my whole outfit is put together and I’m running out the door. So pretend this is the last step here (or pretend I’m more on top of things and choose my bag carefully and thoughtfully every time.


Sometimes a top and bottom is all my outfit needs, but almost always I need an “outfit completer.” Some kind of layer that helps my outfit come together and look more finished. For this outfit it was a vest that added a bit of color and broke up my sea of stripes on top. Other times it’s a scarf, a belt, a hat, or a jacket.

Building an Outfit From Scratch

And finally, accessories. Once I’m completely dressed, it’s jewelry and sunglasses time. I always wear a watch, so I choose that first and then choose a necklace and bracelets accordingly (and almost always choose one or the other so they don’t compete for sparkly attention). Then I choose my sunglasses (brown or black, casual or fancy, big or small, round or cat eye).

Once all of this is on, I often choose a gloss or lip color and add that on very last. It’s the perfect shimmery or colorful touch and your outfit is complete! As soon as you get the hang of it, you’ll be doing all of this in less than 5 minutes, guaranteed!


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