What to Wear When You Don’t Know What to Wear

January 16, 2017

What to wear when you don’t know what to wear? I think this question is something all of us face from time to time. You know the feeling: standing in your closet staring at your clothes in frustration. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have been shopping my closet more in this post-baby season of life. I did it during pregnancy too as it was a time when I had a more limited wardrobe. I’ve found myself pondering this question more and more. My answer?

What to Wear When You Don’t Know What to Wear

  1. Start with your favorite pair of jeans.
  2. Pair withย a casual, neutral top – Whether a sweater, tee, or blouse, pick a neutral color or stripe you’ve always loved. One of my favorite ways to do this is to go monochrome like I did today. If you’ve picked black jeans or grey jeans, select a black or grey top. If you’ve picked regular denim, consider a stripe or even a plaid. White denim pairs really well with chambray.
  3. Add an accessory – Opt for either a scarf or a great layer like a moto jacket (my go-to recently).
  4. Finish with your favorite shoe – I almost always pick a pair of ankle booties.

Outfits like these are never complicated but always chic and effortless. Out of all the things I post, these seem to be a reader favorite. Sometimes I think I need to make every outfit something really special and unique. While there is definitely a place for those combinations, the truth is this kind of look resonates with us all.

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What to Wear When You Don’t Know What to Wear

Jeans (sooo flattering & under $60!): Nordstrom // Scarf: Free People // Booties: Sam Edelman (on sale!) // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff // Similar Sweater here and hereย // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Other Examples

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127 Comments

  • Reply Rach January 16, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I always think I have nothing to wear! I love your outfits! You always look so well put together and I love how it is effortless!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo January 16, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Great tips, Amy! Sometimes I have so many choices in my closet that I don’t know where to start!!
    That’s why I love that I have a theme for the blog posts—at least if we’re taking pictures, I have an object or color I need to style and it gives me something to start with!!
    Love that scarf!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Reply Britney January 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Great post, Amy Ann! I, like many of your readers, also like the seemingly “simple” outfits. Even within my own wardrobe, there’s something special about having really nice basics that make you feel great! Happy Monday!

  • Reply Priscilla Eliodoro January 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Love this look! Specially the jeans with ankle boots! So beautiful and great, tips!
    http://hairandvibes.blogspot.com

  • Reply Jacquard Flower January 16, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Great post, I love all of these casual looks. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Reply Whitney January 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I have to have your scarf! It is so versatile and I love the color. These are such great looks and tips. I have no closet inspiration right now!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Jill January 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

    This is a great formula to follow! Love all of these outfits you styled!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Zunera Serena January 16, 2017 at 6:30 am

    You look pretty in all those outfits and great tips btw!
    http://zunera-serena.com/

  • Reply Annessa Smith January 16, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Such great tips for looking chic and casual. Love the look you featured here – the neutrals are perfect. Also loving the rest of your casual looks – you always look effortlessly put together.

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

  • Reply Meagan Brandon January 16, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I definitely agree with this post…and I find the same to be true with my blog. In real life, most of us dress pretty simply, and I often have to remind myself that there’s nothing wrong with that. Your camel scarf is the perfect finishing touch for this look!

    Meagan
    http://www.meagansmoda.com

  • Reply Rachelle January 16, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Such a great formula and this look came out so good.

    xo
    Pinksole

  • Reply Rosa Larissa Klara K. January 16, 2017 at 5:19 am

    These kind of outfits are definetly my uniform. When I do not know what to wear it is either a jeans with an oversized top/sweater or a pencilskirt with an oversized sweater/top. Life can be so easy when you know what to wear ๐Ÿ˜€
    Xx

    Rosa Larissa Klara

    conscious lifestyle of mine

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine January 16, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Ugh, this happens to me all the time, you stand in your closet with tons of clothes but think; I have nothing to wear! You gave great tips and I live by your ideas as you always put the BEST outfits together!! Happy Monday gorgeous!!

  • Reply Liza Wibisono January 16, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Love how you styled these looks. And love your hair.
    xoxo
    Liza
    http://www.lizacorner.blogspot.com

  • Reply Nina January 16, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Lovely casual outfits ! You look amazing as always !
    Nina
    xox
    http://www.thecrispylipstick.com

  • Reply tiphaine marie January 16, 2017 at 4:17 am

    the first look is so pretty!! <3

    xx tiphaine
    http://www.tiphainemarie.com/

  • Reply theblackblush blog January 16, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Love the first one with the grey jumper and the camel scarf! The color combo is so pretty!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • Reply Currently Wearing January 16, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Love all your looks. I think I also wear jeans when I don’t know what to wear! They are the easiest to style!:-))
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com/2017/01/16/first-snow-2017/

  • Reply Laura January 16, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I love the outfits! The scarfs all look so cozy <3

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  • Reply Natali January 16, 2017 at 1:22 am

    You’re such a stylish mommy and casual combos like those are totally up your alley and you always look so effortlessly cool in them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://lartoffashion.com

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