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10-Minute outfits that look like a million bucks

When you lead a busy life, your personal style can take a hit. You rely on the same outfits to get you through the week. But you don’t need to compromise time for style. These simple outfits can help you look pulled together in 10 minutes or less.

First date

Outfit for a first date

The new beau in your life is looking to take you out ASAP. You want to look sweet and approachable with a little touch of sexy. This look brings the best of both worlds. This cobalt blue mini skater dress (Forever New, $90) is combined with opaque tights (New Look, $5), which offer a little bit of leg without being vulgar. Top off your shoulders with this adorable mustard yellow cardigan (House of Fraser, $87), cobalt pumps (Lori’s Shoes, $64), a chunky ring (Dorothy Perkins, $17) and a classy “collar” necklace (Nordstrom, $34). When that sweater comes off, it’s suddenly va va voom!

Total outfit cost: $297

Night out

Outfit for a night out

More than color, texture or prints, going-out looks are about finding out what looks good on your body. Tailored, structured looks are sure to be a hit in a sea of tube dresses. Class it up with this super-cute black-and-white print peplum top (Motel, $60) paired with the perfect dark-wash skinny jeans (Jack Wills, $80). Peplum shirts hide tummy problem areas while form-fitting skinnies accentuate muscles for cute thighs, calves and butts. Make those legs shine even more with this pair of sultry-yet-comfy wedges (Zappos, $100), and then add a bit of color with a waist-defining turquoise belt (Zalando, $79), itty bitty clutch (Nordstrom, $58) and face-framing earrings (Stefani Bags, $90).

Total outfit cost: $409

Running errands

Outfit for running errands

Ditch the yoga pants, chick. You know you didn’t just come from the gym. This everyday errand-running outfit is the perfect swap for your dumpy comfy pants. Head to the grocery store in style with this super-chic midi skirt (ModCloth, $40) topped with a tucked-in tank (77 online shop, $13) for a figure-defining look. Nude accessories are the ultimate neutrals. This massive patent bag (Mango, $80) will hold your wallet, touch-up makeup, hairbrush, grocery lists and more as you head from store to store. Toss on a pair of supportive flats (Loft, $90) and a gorgeous statement necklace (Modeets, $32) to make it all come together.

Total outfit cost: $255

At the office

Outfit for work

If you work at an office and don’t already own a pencil skirt, what are you waiting for? These figure-defining skirts perfectly blend with just about any top in your wardrobe. Here, we used a sleeveless tie-top blouse (Miss Selfridge, $60), which would look fabulous tucked into the skirt (John Lewis, $63). Then, we added a touch of color with this fashion-forward cross-body bag (Debanhams, $55), a chunky bracelet (Charlotte Russe, $6) and to-die-for blue-green pumps (Piperlime, $89). If you work at a more conservative office, adding tights and a blazer into the mix will work seamlessly.

Total outfit cost: $273

Tip: See a look you love? Snap a picture and pin it to the start screen of your Windows Phone for instant inspiration when you’re shopping for new outfits.

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