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One of the simplest formulas for interesting style is to think in opposites. Big on top, small on bottom; skinny in the heel and chunky in the sole; colorful with your outer layer and neutral underneath. Got it? Good — because one of our favorite no-brainer team-ups during the summer employs just this technique, and we find ourselves deferring to its power any time we need to be both polished and comfortable (which is most days).
You're going to laugh at how simple the combination is, but that's kind of the genius behind it: A structured skirt and a blouse with some volume (don't even worry about matching — it will). That's it. Add on some accessories depending on your mood, and you're going to look like you spent an eternity deciding what to wear, when it actually took you only a second. Ahead five variation on this foolproof combination to get you going.
Photographed by YoungJun Koo