One of the first steps in learning how to properly dress yourself everyday is mastering outfit recipes, a formula of pieces that mix and match well together to create a look. Being a big fan of layering, I always consider at least three pieces when putting an outfit together- a bottom, a top, and a third piece such as a jacket or cardigan. I always tell my clients that learning how to layer shows you can actually put a cohesive outfit together versus throwing on a top and bottom. Once you’ve come up with your canvas for the day, you can begin to add accessories such as scarves and jewelry. Here are a few of my favorite outfit recipes for springtime that will keep you both chic and comfortable.
basic A-line dress + jacket + sneakers
This recipe is my go to when I’m not feeling very inspired, want maximum comfort, but still want to feel feminine and stylish. I personally prefer slip dresses, but you can swap this out with a knit dress such as a basic cotton t-shirt or shirtdress. I tend to buy these pieces in a solid color just so I can maximize what I wear them with and don’t tire of them as fast as I do printed options. Layer a denim jacket, leather moto, or even a cardigan, add sneakers and all done! Since this recipe is very basic, I’ll usually add a scarf, some extra jewelry, or love the idea of adding a headband as shown (the season’s hottest hair accessory) to style it up. Easily upgrade this look by swapping the sneaker for a sleek bootie or strappy sandal.
printed blouse + jeans + flats
Okay, this one might seem obvious, but hear me out. The key to enhancing an outfit that only requires two pieces (ie. blouse and jeans) is to incorporate style details somewhere whether it’s an embellishment, a fabric detail like a lace, or a statement print. Try mixing in several details that compliment each other. This look shown is feminine due to the floral print and wrap style of the blouse, however, is given a little edgy vibe with the distressed straight leg jean. Small details create more of an upgraded look than a basic blouse and jean does and which is also a combo anyone can put together. Spring is a great time to show off your best blouses since the weather is warm enough to wear them alone without having to hide under jackets all the time.
maxi dress + hat + block heel
Treat your maxi dresses as one piece wardrobe wonders and don’t shy away from wearing longer lengths for casual days, especially during spring when you can benefit from the extra fabrication when the weather is still a tad cool. I had a client who had a long, floral dress she only wore to a wedding and once we layered it under a jean jacket and paired it with some booties, it transitioned into a stylish casual outfit with hardly any effort. Maxi dresses are also super comfortable and effortless. Didn’t shave? No problem. Feeling bloated? No problem. Didn’t wash your hair? Add a hat. It’s the perfect piece to add statement accessories to like hats and scarves since you’re working with one single canvas. Balance the volume with a small block heel sandal or bootie.
suit + upgraded t-shirt + statement bag
Suits and sets are still having a major moment in fashion. I personally love a matching set and think they are so effortless and as easy to throw on as a dress or jumpsuit. Most of the challenge in creating a cohesive look is done and all you have to do is decorate it, which is why I love the idea of pairing it with a printed or detailed top underneath (ie. like the polka dots shown) and adding a statement handbag to add some flavor to the outfit. Layering a t-shirt or tank underneath will also give the suit a more casual vibe versus corporate feel.
midi skirt + camisole + blazer + block heel
Skirts are always my client’s problem child so I tell them one thing- layer, layer, layer. I feel like most people get confused with skirts because they aren’t comfortable with how it looks around the total circumference of the body. Pairing your skirts with a camisole and blazer (or any other jacket that balances well with the skirt) is the best way to solve the whole “I don’t know what to wear with this” dilemma. Make sure to always tuck in the top to create a waistline and balance the length of the skirt with a block heel versus a flat (unless you’re tall enough to pull the midi length off without is shortening you).
I encourage you to take inventory of your closet as we transition into spring and identify pieces that you can try these outfit recipes with. You’ll be surprised that once you start playing around with pairing your wardrobe items, you’ll discover other combinations that will allow you to maximize your pieces and save you time each and every day.