Easy Outfit Formulas For January And Beyond

Do you ever feel like you’ve forgotten how to get dressed? Wardrobe paralysis can strike me at any time of year, but I’m especially prone to it in January. It’s probably a hangover from the loungewear days of Twixmas, combined with ‘back to school’ angst.

Either way, the first month of the year always has me longing for an outfits-by-numbers handbook. Like Fleabag, I want someone to tell me what to wear every morning. It’s easy to dismiss outfit formulas as magazine speak – but in reality, they can save you time, keep you sane, and lift you out of your style slump.

So, I’m here to bring you some quick fashion maths. These aren’t ‘rules’, more flexible guidelines that you can adapt to your own wardrobe and personal taste. Plus, they offer a great basis for playing with proportions, colour and texture. Mix the old with the new and find what works for you.

Enough waffle from me, let’s crunch some numbers.

Print Blouse + Leggings = Work Outfit Inspo

Work wardrobe fatigue is real, especially in January. A comfy print blouse worn with high waisted leggings – or, if you need a classically smart look, structured work trousers – will give you an even mix of comfort and work polish to see you through Zoom calls and deadlines.

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Black Ditsy Floral And Spot Wrap Top By AX Paris | £30.00
Kayla Black Faux Leather High Waist Leggings By love frontrow | £28.00

Jumper + Silky Midi = Winter Weekend Chic

There’s something about the contrast of a snuggly jumper and silky midi skirt that feel very ‘put together’. It’s an outfit that’s comfy enough for traipsing around the shops, but dressy enough for a spontaneous cocktail. The Callie knit’s ribbed sleeves and roll-neck are extra cosy, and its roomy shape will drape beautifully over a fitted midi. Wear with a heeled ankle boot or toughen it up with DM-style lace-ups

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Callie Knit Jumper Cream By Pretty Lavish | £48.00
Heart Midi Wrap Skirt In Emerald Green By D.Anna | £35.00

Shacket + Basics = Easy Everyday Comfies

Lumberjack, but make it fashion. A cosy shacket or roomy overshirt layered over everyday basics like simple tees, camis, leggings or wax coated jeans is an outfit I revert to all the time. Contrasting a check print with neutrals will make the colours pop, and in the summer, you can switch up your shacket for a denim jacket. Wear with trainers or chunky boots of your choice.

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Brushed Check Oversized Pocket Detail Shacket Shirt Jacket In Purple & Cream By FS Collection | £42.00
Morgan Black Wax Coated Jeans By love frontrow | £40.00

Long Sleeve Dress + Heels = Dinner Date Ready

Swoon, it’s date night. Or dinner with the girls. Whatever the occasion, you want to eat, drink and be comfy. With its midi length, sexy split and long sleeves, the Cass dress is totally timeless. You can wear it over any kind of bra, and thanks to its under-bust detail, it’s extra flattering. Try it with a court shoe or block-heeled ankle boot, but if you’re a flats girl, slip on your faithful white trainers.

Cass Long Sleeves Split Leg Midi Dress Polka By Girl In Mind | £40.00
Phoebe Blue Faux Leather Strappy Square Toe Heel By Linzi | £31.99

Nice Top + Jeans = Perfect Pub Attire

A classic combo from the fashion hall of fame. For pub drinks or dinner with the girls, a relaxed blouse is a bloat-friendly option that will dress up your trusty skinny jeans or leggings with minimal effort. Take the look up a level with a standout print, like the Margo blouse’s colourful vintage-style dots. On your feet, this formula calls for with Chelsea boots, strappy low heels or flats.

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Margo Pintuck Blouse In Vintage Dots By Dancing Leopard | £39.00
Morgan Blue High Waist Stretch Skinny Jeans By love frontrow | £40.00

Bardot Midi + Heels = Special Occasions Sorted

File under: outfits for things you’re looking forward to. January is the perfect time to track down outfits for future special events, from weddings to christenings. The Bardot midi has a classic off-shoulder cut and is cut from a stretchy, flattering fabric. Add a court shoe or strappy heel, and how about throwing in a cute box clutch?

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Exclusive Bardot Off Shoulder Dress Black By Feverfish | £35.00
Higher Love Fuchsia Strappy Heels By Linzi | £31.99

Knitted Dress + Boots = Girls’ Brunch Calling

Ideal for: popping out, coffee dates and brunch debriefs with the girls. Knitted mini dresses are a winter favourite and look great with a pair of knee-high over-knee boots. When it comes to footwear, play with mock croc or suede textures. Throw a longline wool coat or teddy over the top for warmth – because snug life before club life.

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Jumper Dress In Beige By VM | £28.00
Knee High Heeled Boots In Black Croc By Truffle Collection | £48.00
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