5 Easy but stylish outfits for busy mornings

May 1, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. ET

Believe it or not, you always have time to dress cute. Sure, you may say, "Have you ever seen me trying to go through my closet before I've had a cup of coffee?" But it's the truth! Simple pieces with plenty of added accessories — or just some great shoes — can take an outfit idea from drab to fab, even with limited time in the morning.

1

One long tank

One long tank

The centerpiece of this outfit is super simple — a cotton tank maxi (DorothyPerkins.com, $28). The real magic comes in the accessories. Toss in some adorable wedges with corresponding colors (Heels.com, $100) and a functional, brown cross-body bag (ASOS.com, $83), then add a waist-defining belt (Mango.com, $15) and sweet mint jewelry like this vintage-inspired ring (WetSeal.com, $7) and chandelier earrings (StellaDot.com, $39). The icing on the cake is a sun-shielding, floppy straw hat (2bStores.com, $16).

2

Office chic

Office chic

Think you can manage four pieces? This ultra-simple, pulled-together look is perfect for strutting the office hallways. A classic pencil skirt (FrenchConnection.com, $88) is paired with a prim and proper black-and-white blouse (LordAndTaylor.com, $42). Punch it up with some bright, unexpected accessories like these cobalt pumps (Heels.com, $90) and a mustard-yellow satchel (Boohoo.com, $60).

3

Day to night

Day to night

Have a lunch date with a co-worker but want to go out for cocktails later? This outfit is the perfect combination of professional and party animal. Start with a stunning pair of skinnies (JackWillis.com, $80), and then add a classic peplum top (FrenchConnection.com, $90). During the day, add a sophisticated beige blazer (Mango.com, $60) and comfy-cute closed-toe wedges (Payless.com, $35). Lastly, add some edge with a statement gold necklace (Storenvy.com, $7).

4

Fancy up top

Fancy up top

If you can find one statement piece per outfit, you'll never end up looking drab. This bow-accented blouse (MissSelfridge.com, $53) should be the centerpiece of your outfit, allowing figure-flattering trouser jeans (AlloyApparel.com, $40) to act as a canvas. Keep it simple with comfortable studded flats (SoleSociety.com, $50) and hexagon stud earrings (Piperlime.com, $30).

5

Keep it casual

Keep it casual

If you're heading out for an early-morning round of coffee and shopping with the gals, this is the perfect casual go-to. It's effortlessly cool without looking sloppy with a super-cool striped maxi skirt (Tillys.com, $30) and a black crop top (Mango.com, $30). Add on fashionable aviators (Shopzerouv.com, $10), cutesy wedges (Zappos.com, $100), dangling gold earrings (SaksFifthAvenue.com, $39) and a statement bag (ModCloth.com, $60), and you'll be the coolest girl at the trendy coffee shop.

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