4 Creative Outfit Combos To Save You From A Style Slump

These days, our morning routines have become so second nature we could probably do them with our eyes still half shut (that counts as an extra five minutes of sleep, right?): snooze button, pants, caffeine, and a half-assed promise to try and hit the gym…not always in that order. Coming up with a fresh new look in the early a.m., though? Not so much. When you're always rushing out the door, there isn't much time available to contemplate new style choices. And when there's a 100% chance of freezing your face off, grabbing the nearest coat is probably all you can be bothered with.

But there used to be mornings when we looked forward to mapping out our ensembles for the day. So we've decided it's officially time for a refresher on how to get back to feeling that kind of excitement. Getting out of a fashion rut isn't about buying a whole new wardrobe. Instead, it's about discovering different ways to wear the pieces you already own. To save you from a serious style slump (and boost some stylistic creativity), we're bringing you four fresh outfit combos that will change your wardrobe game.
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The Two-Piece Jumpsuit
Give your favorite sparkly sweater an extra day of wear by throwing it underneath a statement piece, like a pinafore dress or a jumpsuit. Since the latter is great for birthday dinners and nights out, it's time to transition it to a day-ready piece with a few simple changes. While a turtleneck looks great all on its own when worn with a miniskirt or pair of jeans, it's given new life when layered with an out-of-the-box item like a fancy jumpsuit, a chunky brogue, and a cute cross-body bag.

Karl Lagerfeld Metallic Knitted Turtleneck Sweater, $150.33, available at Profile Fashion; T By Alexander Wang Bandeau Jumpsuit, $678, available at BySymphony; Zara Flat Lace-Up Shoes, $59.90, available at Zara; Kara Calf Hair Large Stowaway, $485, available at Kara; A Common Space Stella Sunglasses, $22, available at A Common Space.
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The Toughened-Up Maxi Dress
It may be mid-December, but there's no reason to pack away your favorite summer piece. Instead of pairing your trusty maxi-dress with sandals and a beach tote, give it a more street style-ready vibe by adding a leather jacket, platform sneakers, and some fun accessories. And voilà: Your easy-breezy piece instantly turns into a fall-ready look.

Zara Striped Dress, $12.99, available at Zara; H&M Leather Biker Jacket, $299, available at H&M; Nike Air Force 1 07 Suede, $95, available at Nike; Fendi Be Baguette Shearling Bag, $3383 $2029, available at MatchesFashion.com; Pintail Dedication Rose Pin, $15, available at Pintrill.
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The Blouse-On-Blouse Combo
If your blouse and trouser work uniform could use a little zhuzhing, try adding another blouse into the mix. The key to this layering trick is choosing a secondary piece that offers a different silhouette from the bottom layer, which will add depth and texture. This sleeveless, semi-sheer lace-up top allows the pink button-up to peek through in all the right places, making it the perfect companion piece. Polish off the volume-heavy look with block-heel mules and a cozy wrap coat to anchor it down.
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The Literal Top Coat
Since we're already accustomed to wearing blazers on their lonesome, why not swap one out for a sleek trench instead? A duster coat, especially one with surprising details, (this one boasts side slits), works best as a warm and cozy topper to the thinner underlayer. Add a high-neck bodysuit (since an open coat won't promise that much cleavage coverage), and finish the double coat look off with your most trusted pair of worn-in jeans.

Stripe Body, $35, available at Topshop; A Common Space Black Front Slit Duster Trench, $78, available at A Common Space; Wilfred Aubertin Coat, $350 $199, available at Aritzia; Charles & Keith Duo-Textured Bootie, $73, available at Charles & Keith; Love Moschino Cropped Flared Jeans, $188.57 $132, available at Farfetch.
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The Matching Mini-Length
Instead of adding a longer coat for coverage when wearing a minidress, play up your short hem with an equally-as-short piece of outerwear; this look is made even better if the dress skirt peeks out a little, giving a faux drop-waist effect. Keep the rest of the ensemble from feeling too dressy by adding a tougher combat boot and a chunky-knit beanie.

Tiptop Long Sleeved Ribbed Tunic Dress, $45, available at Topshop; Coach Biker Sheepskin Coat, $2495 $1497, available at Coach; Monki Zip Front Ankle Boots with Faux Fur Detail, $90, available at Asos; Isabel Marant Yiley Sock, $100, available at Moda Operandi; Missoni Slouchy Beanie, $135.93, available at Farfetch.