Outfit Builder Grid: An Easy Way to Get Dressed Every Day

Today I’m providing a solution for a question that I get asked all the time.  What’s the easiest way to put together an outfit for every day?

Many of you are stay at home or work from home moms like me.  We know we feel better when we don’t spend the day in our yoga pants, but when it comes to casual outfits, what’s enough and what’s too much?

Applying the principles that I use when I get dressed every day, I’ve created an easy casual outfit formula grid for getting dressed that makes you instantly look put together.  Just pick out a top and bottom, then add one to two more items to make it an outfit.


How to Use: Choose one item each from Categories 1 and 2. Then add an optional topper from Category 3 and at least one item from Category 4.

You can build outfits as simple or as complicated as you’d like, the key is the number of items you choose in Category 4.  For a really simple outfit for a day at home, only use categories 1 and 2 plus one item from category 4.  If you want to get more adventurous, wear something from all of the categories and as many from Category 4 as you’d like.


Helpful Tips:

  • Combine patterns from any of the categories to mix prints. Start with two at a time (i.e. stripes with leopard, floral with stripes, floral with polka dots).
  • Fit is key. Make sure all of your items fit well and flatter your body type.
  • Pull the colors of your outfit together by pairing a patterned scarf or colorful statement necklace with a complementary t-shirt and cardigan.
  • Add bright flats to an all neutral look for a fun pop of color.
  • Leopard is a neutral and can be worn with virtually any color or pattern.
  • Your add-on’s can consist of any accessory you have on hand.  The possibilities are endless!

Outfit Builder Examples

Scarf Outfits

My favorite outfit formulas usually start with a scarf.  Outfit inspiration can be found in any scarf.  Just pull out a printed one and then build the rest of your outfit around it.

Black Jeans + Striped Tee + Printed Scarf + Leopard Flats

Striped Top Black Jeans Full

Colored Denim + Tunic + Scarf + Riding Boots


Black Jeans + Striped Tee + Puffer Vest + Printed Scarf + Riding Boots


Dark Wash Skinny Jeans + Solid Blouse + Printed Scarf + Riding Boots

Emerald Shirt, Riding Boots

White Shorts + White T-Shirt + Printed Scarf + Metallic Sandals

Emerald and White Full

Necklace Outfits

This is probably the easiest of them all.  Add a statement necklace or long necklace to your top and bottom to look instantly pulled together.

Colored Denim + Striped T-shirt + Statement Necklace + Neutral Handbag

Stripes and Oxfords Full 2

Boyfriend Jeans + Striped T-shirt + Statement Necklace + Leopard Flats

mixing prints fashion

White Shorts + Popover + Long Necklace + Metallic Sandals


Denim Capris + Solid T-shirt + Statement Necklace + Bright Handbag

Neon Yellow Shirt Jeans 34

Date Night Outfit

Dark Wash Jeans + Blouse + Long Necklace + Heels

Dark wash jeans are universally flattering and can easily be dressed up.  Add a pretty blouse, necklace and heels to make them completely date night appropriate.


Dressy Event Outfit

Dress + Heels + Necklace

It doesn’t get any easier than this, just add a fun clutch to finish it out.


Denim Jacket Outfits

Denim jackets get points for being both incredibly cute and for always being in style.  Experiment with different bottoms including colored denim and maxi dresses and skirts.  A maxi skirt may feel dressy but it’s as comfy as your favorite pair of yoga pants!

Maxi Skirt + Tank Top + Denim Jacket + Statement Earrings


Colored Denim + Striped T-shirt + Denim Jacket + Sneakers

Sneakers Alison

White Capris + Striped T-shirt + Denim Jacket + Sneakers

reebok skyscapes outfit


If there’s anything I have almost as many of as scarves, it’s cardigans in every color.  I stash one in my purse year-round as a top layer for everything, including shorts.

Gray Jeans + Solid T-shirt + Cardigan + Patterned Scarf + Bright Flats


Patterned Shorts + Striped T-shirt + Cardigan + Wedges

Boden Full

Military Jacket

 Cropped Pants + Striped T-shirt + Military Jacket + Statement Necklace + Bright Flats


Boyfriend Jeans + Solid T-shirt + Military Jacket + Long Necklace

Military Jacket, Neon Shirt

Dashes of Leopard

Leopard is a neutral.  Add a touch to any outfit to take it up a notch.  Even the simplest t-shirt and jeans gets a boost from a little bit of leopard.

Colored Denim + Solid Blouse + Leopard Belt + Riding Boots

Red Jeans purple Shirt

Colored Denim + Striped T-shirt + Leopard Flats

red denim stripes and animal print

It’s Your Turn:  Play around in your closet today to see how many outfits you can come up with.  Take pictures of your combos and save them on your phone for an even faster way to get dressed every day.


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