Quickie style: Choose the perfect style in five minutes

Dress for success every day with wardrobe basics that make great style a breeze! Get fashionable in just five minutes…

Fashionable in five minutes
Style staples

With hectic lives and multiple responsibilities, it’s not easy to achieve great style when our priorities include business and office obligations, managing a home, and attending to the needs of our families. Who has time to stress when they dress? Women today need wardrobe pieces that are functional, comfortable and make getting ready a five-minute exercise with a happy result! It’s all about smart shopping to assemble clothing that takes us seamlessly through our day from one function to the next. Get ready to dress for success, no matter what’s on your agenda!

Get basics

Having well-fitting basic pieces simplifies everything and eliminates the “what to wear” syndrome. Every woman needs a great pair of jeans in a dark wash. Pair them with simple flats, sandals or boots and a simple top for casual days, or dress them up with a pretty shirt topped with a blazer and slip on heels to make them office appropriate.

Spend a little more to get the perfect dress trousers in a neutral colour like black, charcoal or navy. In a great fabric with a perfect fit you’ll get long wear from these, and they’ll become the go-to item for the office or even for a night on the town. Match them with a jacket, a silk shirt, a flattering tunic top or a knit. They will look great with a twin set or a lacy blouse. Basic dark trousers can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of top, shoes and accessories. The same is true of the pencil skirt in a neutral colour. This shape flatters most silhouettes making it a wardrobe staple you’ll reach for repeatedly.

The right top

A wrinkle-resistant white blouse layers under suits, partners really well with jeans — shirt tail in or out — looks just right with trousers and skirts, and matches cardigans in a rainbow of colours. Buy one that flatters your body type and buttons easily with no gaps. Long sleeves are most popular since the sleeves can be rolled or cuffed up for extra versatility.

The extras

If you want to pull your look together quickly, a few items will do the trick. A classic trench coat makes the perfect topper, and often they come with zip-in liners to extend their wear for colder weather.

A roomy tote in faux alligator or leather carries everything in style. You’ll have room for office files and a laptop, or even be able to hide away baby necessities along with your wallet, keys and mobile.

Mix and match

Mix and match these basic pieces in minutes. With classic pants, a few flattering tops, a fitted blazer or soft cardigan, you can be dressed fast and walk out the door looking great. Invest some shopping time now to choose these basics and achieving a stylish look in minutes will be easy!

Quick tip

Buy comfortable shoes that are staples in fashion – black midheel pumps, ballet flats, and knee-high boots. They’ll go with everything!

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