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.

what to wear when you don't know what to wear - easy outfit formula for everydaywhat to wear when you don't know what to wear - easy outfit formula for everyday what to wear when you don't know what to wear - easy outfit formula for everyday what to wear when you don't know what to wear - easy outfit formula for everyday what to wear when you don't know what to wear - easy outfit formula for everyday

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

neutras-1 striped-turtleneck-suede-moto-jacketall-black-blanket-scarfmonochrome-grey-1greys-grey-tee-and-jeans-tan-suede-moto

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Elise Ward Joyce January 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    This is a problem I face every morning. A closet full of clothes with nothing to wear. Love your tips and examples Amy, thanks!!

    xx, Elise

  • Reply Whispering Style January 17, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Amy! Love all of your examples and the way you teach. All of them look chic and what stands out more is your confidence, love it! Have a wonderful week and thank you very much for your help ๐Ÿ˜‰
    – Elsey

  • Reply Abigail Whitehead January 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a sweater and jeans!

    Absolutely love this post, as I’m constantly staring at a full wardrobe saying “I have nothing to wear”

    Abigail | BLUSH & NOISE

  • Reply Mary January 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Amy Ann,
    Great advice for busy people! I especially love how minimalist and chic all these versions are! It’s also important to wear your favorite stuff often!


    Love, Mary

  • Reply Jules January 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Simple, quick and effective! The outfits look great!


  • Reply Zelle Brown January 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Perfect examples! Love this post!

    Southern Style

  • Reply Heidi D. January 17, 2017 at 10:57 am

    These are such great tips, and most of these looks pretty much describe my winter uniform! Love, love the neutrals.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Francesca Gori January 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Yeas I m totally agree

  • Reply Lauren Scorzafava January 17, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Yes! So true! Love this!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • Reply Bella B @ xoxoBella January 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Yes i totally agree! I always go for simple sweater and some jeans when I have no clue what to wear! such a great post Amy!

  • Reply Ashley White January 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Yes, yes, yes- the best recipe for a super chic outfit!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply mahryska January 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    the combination of grey and beige/brown is perfect! love this!

    kisses from dubai โค๏ธ

  • Reply Vale January 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Great tips, you always manage to look wonderful and so chic =)

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  • Reply leah rachel January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Great tips and amazing outfits! Love your style!! x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  • Reply Shauna C January 17, 2017 at 8:16 am

    What a fun scarf! So fringe fabulous!



  • Reply TOUCH OF GUCCI January 17, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Great tips! I love jeans – they’re so versatile and easy to pair with jumpers / tops! x


  • Reply Lola January 17, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I so agree! The jeans are the perfect way to go and some statement or classic accessories will always do the trick! I love your choices ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Reply ElleSees.net January 17, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Again, you’ve got me wanting that scarf! Now if only the weather would turn back to winter around Atlanta, I’d be set!!

  • Reply Biana Perez January 17, 2017 at 5:35 am

    So true! I think a look that’s repeatable without being over the top is my favorite kind!! Starting with jeans is always my go to! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Tara | The Mix January 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Cute sweater, and I love that scarf!

  • 1 3 4 5 6 7

    Leave a Reply