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How to Put Together an Outfit in Under 10 Minutes


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I have a confession: I love my snooze button. Unfortunately, though, sleeping in doesn’t always allow me ample time to put together a well-thought-out outfit. Because of my love of sleeping in and fashion, as soon as I got to college, I knew I needed a plan.

Thus, I developed a formula. And if you’re weary from finals, don’t worry; there are no complicated symbols or numbers involved.

To create a cute, put-together outfit, and be out the door in 10 minutes, invest in a few of these following key items. And when the time comes for you to get ready in a hurry, all you need to do is follow these three easy steps!

1. Slip on a cute and comfy sundress.

The first step in this formula is to pick out clothes. In my experience, dresses are the best option when I’m in a hurry: Dresses are comfortable, easy to slip on in two seconds, and they represent an entire outfit in one simple piece – no pairing separates necessary.

Here are a few adorable dresses I found that would work well.

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2. Strap on a pair of sandals.

A cute pair of sandals is the next part of my equation. While a lot of people throw on a pair of flip flops, I like to wear sandals because they are a little more dressed up. Having dressier details in an outfit is crucial on days when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to put a lot of effort into my hair, makeup, and accessories.

For me, I own 4 staple pairs of sandals: one gold, one silver, one black, and one white. Between these four pairs of sandals, I can pretty much wear anything and have a complementary pair of sandals to go with it. For days when I’m in a hurry, having these four versatile options is extremely helpful.

Here are a few examples of the type of sandals I am referring to.

Black, white, silver & gold sandals
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3. Accessorize with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

My last step in the formula is to grab a pair of oversized sunglasses. On those days when I barely have enough time to complete the essential steps necessary to present myself to the world (e.g. clothes, deodorant, brushing my teeth) makeup often gets pushed aside.

While an au natural look is by no means shameful and is 100% encouraged, I still like to wear sunglasses on these types of days. Big sunglasses are the perfect thing for lazy mornings. For one thing, they help protect your eyes from the harsh morning sun. And secondly, if you’re still feeling a little sleepy-eyed, a pair of sunglasses can help disguise your tiredness.

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What do you think?

And there you have it, 3 easy steps to putting together a cute outfit in under 10 minutes! Pick and choose, and mix-and-match from each of these categories on days when you’re in a hurry. Not only will you get out the door in time, you’ll also feel great after your friends tell you how cute you look (especially since you know how easy it was to do)!

Do you think this is a good formula for days when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready? Do you have any tips and tricks that help you save time in the morning? Which of these items is your favorite? Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Posted on on May 18, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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47 Responses to “How to Put Together an Outfit in Under 10 Minutes”

  1. 1
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love this idea! I generally am in this situation a lot, so it’s really great to have something easy to slip on ( like a sundress) nearby!
    Great post!

  2. 2
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    If only the California wasn’t so bipolar right now! :P

  3. 3
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I love these! I’m very into sundresses right now =)

  4. 4
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’m a fan :} Don’t forget the messy bun! hehe

  5. 5
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I’m also studying at UCLA!!!! :D
    Totally love this; it works perfectly for sunny Los Angeles weather.
    Did the rainy gloom yesterday throw you off?

  6. 6
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Cool,il b sure2 try it out tho am nt tht into dresses my lov 4 sleep is abit outta control, lol..

  7. 7
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Not sure I’d need to read this post to know how to put that “outfit” together.. I mean really, a dress and shoes and sunglasses? Duh. What about something like “grab a pair of shorts, a tank, a lightweight cardigan, flats/boots/flops/wedges and a statement necklace” or something a little more..complete?

    Cute dresses though

  8. 8
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    this is great advice…except i dont own, nor hav i ever owned a sundress. i dont plan on ever buying one anyways. how about some advice for ur more spunky, tomboyish girl?

  9. 9
    May 18th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Super cute, I love it! We have similar here at kodi boutique :)!

  10. 10
    May 18th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    haha so easy! Great advice though, those dresses are so cute :)

  11. 11
    May 18th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    um not exactly usable if you have to deal with cold weather…

  12. 12
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I like the ideas but I’d say you could also use a cute boater hat, a romper, and some boots or maybe even just a vest added to your dress combo to spice things up. :)

  13. 13
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I like these Ideas but I’d say add something to this mix like rompers, a fun boater or floppy hat, clear lens glasses if not sunny, and maybe even a scarf or vest :)

  14. 14
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    TEN minutes? Try like, two…

  15. 15
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I love this advice! The only clothes I have in my closet are sundresses! in winter you can wear leggings, scarves, boots, gloves, and a cute winter coat with them.

  16. 16
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    this is really like a 10 second outfit. kind of like the obvious bare minimums that are required to be in public…something to cover your body and shoes. come on get more creative!

  17. 17
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    This totally makes sense if you’re seriously crunched for time. I guess I should go buy a dress :)

  18. 18
    May 18th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I really like the idea. It’s a simple reminder with some great shoe and dress picks, but I’d love to see your ideas for days that aren’t so sunny and for when the weather gets colder (some mornings here in the northeast can be cold even in the summer, in the high forties at times).

  19. 19
    May 18th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I agree with some of the above comments. This feels like a “basic necessities” post to me. An “outfit” would have something a little more to it.

  20. 20
    May 18th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I agree with S, haha! Yesterday I was wearing sweaters and boots, and today the sun is shining… :c

    Good tips though!

  21. 21
    May 18th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    brilliant!!! i also sleep in and take time to put together a good outfit. Normally those are okay together but on mornings when I’m in a rush, not so much. Although would you put a piece like this together for cold rainy days. Its may and freezing (for a california girl) and raining on and off all day

  22. 22
    May 18th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    S & ElleKay: Yes! This weather is definitely throwing me off!

    I understand a few concerns that this outfit is just the bare necessities, because it really is! While I normally add much more creativity to my outfits, there are days when I have absolutely no time to get more creative (ask my roommates, I will put on an outfit then go through each of my accessories trying to figure out which pieces are absolutely perfect. And as you might guess, it takes a long time! )

    So for days when I do not have time to go through this process, it’s nice to know I have something basic to fall back on that isn’t just a t-shirt and jeans or a sweatshirt.

    And by all means, get creative with accessories! I love the idea of vests, hats, scarves, and statement jewelry. These pieces will definitely add more individuality to an outfit. I do this too whenever time allots me to do so.

    For those of you who would like to see a bit more but still want to save time:

    Maybe a solution is to have a collection of outfits you’ve pre-planned (either that you’ve written down or taken a picture of) to choose from. That way you can just pick one that is already complete (accessories and all) when you’re in a hurry. I do this too and it is very helpful for days when I’m in a time crunch!

    Thank you all for your responses!

  23. 23
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Haha this is basically my system for getting ready in the mornings!

  24. 24
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    A dress is definitely something quick and easy to throw on in lazy mornings, but here’s the thing- you need to have shaved legs! I can’t wear a dress if I have any stubble, so I would shave the night before. Just throwing that out there! lol

  25. 25
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I agree w Katie! A sundress is too much work for me. I have to make sure my legs are shaved and if they aren’t, I’ve to add in that extra time. Which doesn’t make much sense since I’ll rather spend that much time getting another outfit done. Idk, this also opperates under the assumption you already own one or several sundresses. I don’t own any so this wouldn’t work for me. Perhaps do a post when jeans or pants are used instead? Frankly, I thought the post would be longer, giving different alternatives to dressing quickly.

  26. 26
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Maybe try and do something for us gals that don’t like to wear dresses and skirts. It gets to be a hassle to look cute and be ready on time.

  27. 27
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    This is only a go-to outfit in the summer or on especially warm Spring days! In NYC the weather has been super crappy lately – kind of cold and pouring rain everyday. I’ve had to break out my waterproof shoes and trench coats. I think there’s go-to outfits for every season, and this post was way too middle-of-August for me, not May! I’d say a cami, a cardigan, skinny jeans and flats/sandals is more appropriate for this time of year (and can be done pretty quickly too). :)

  28. 28
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Love these but i’d skip the sandles and go with a pair of bright converses!

  29. 29
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I think that wasn’t even worth posting -.-

  30. 30
    May 19th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I always grab a cardigan because a lot of times its freezing in my classrooms!


  31. 31
    May 19th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    @ liza- I think this a bit harsh

    @Paola & Katie- not everyone needs/has to shave their legs , but I think the author was suggesting outfits you throw on after your personal morning hygienic routine.

    Essentially these are basic tips to many, but we need an occasional reminder, especially at this time in the semester where we are most busy.
    I understand where she is coming from, When in a hurry for school I too find myself longing to have more dresses in my arsenal.( I really need to have more dresses btw lol) It makes life so much easier.
    Once you get into the idea of separates it becomes more complicated because not every bottom goes with every top and vice versa. That goes for accessories too. Many readers forget these are just ideas and suggestions and every good outfit must start off with a good blank canvas& foundation. Simplicity is always best and safe(less space for a wardrobe error or a fashion don’t).

    @ JESSICA ULCA – Suggestions: I love the idea to perhaps suggest rompers, jumpers, playsuits, and jumpsuits for a quick bold statement. Since everyone needs a bit more details, you could suggest neutral or minimalistic jewellery: like braided bracelets or stud earrings (I would add belts, but NOT everything requires a belt) .Perhaps in the title you could add Summer/spring outfits so there is less controversy.

  32. 32
    May 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    well, I don’t really have any dresses, and I’m not such a big fan of short dresses (anything above the knee)!
    It is a great post, I’m just not sure if it will work out for me! :/

  33. 33
    May 19th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t really understand where all the criticism is coming from. Yeah, this is a bare-bones outfit, but that’s the whole point of the article! …that you can use this formula to get dressed very quickly while still looking halfway decent (ie not in some ratty old tee and gym shorts).

    When you factor in the time it takes to pee, wash your face and hands, brush teeth and gather your things, there is no time for accessorizing with scarves, vests, hats etc. Including those things in this outfit post would defeat the purpose of “dressing in under 10 minutes.” For those girls who are cold, all you have to do is throw a black or neutral cardigan in your bag. I live in the northeast and it’s not THAT cold, Sheesh.

  34. 34
    May 19th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Really guys? Am I the only one who finds this to be kind of lazy? Now, lest you picture me as some plastic, vanity obsessed fashion drone, I assure you that I’m as idle as they come when putting together an outfit in the morning. I roll out of bed and do, indeed, put together my ensembles in about ten minutes. But, Iv’e gotta tell you, they’re a lot more interesting than this. I’m probably going to catch some flack for saying that, and I do realize that not everyone possesses the penchant for theatricality that I do, but still.

  35. 35
    May 19th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Honestly, I did this today! I woke up at 10 and had to leave the house at 10:40.
    So I took a quick shower, put on a dress, some sandals, and got my sunglasses. No lie! Crazy how this was put up the day I actually did this….

  36. 36
    May 19th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    This is one of my favorite outfit formulas! I really ought to buy more dresses!

  37. 37
    May 19th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I was very happy to see this post! I woke up later than I wanted to this morning for work and I pretty much followed this same formula! I threw on my dress, added a cardigan and tossed some flats on and ran out the door!

  38. 38
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    It’s a good idea but the only problem is the weather. If it’s sunny (2 months a year) i never have any problems creating an outfit. But if it’s in between weather, not hot not cold, a bit of rain sometimes, i can’t think of anything. Can’t you make an article about that?

  39. 39
    May 20th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I like the basic idea behind this post. While I love getting dressed in the morning, sometimes sleep gets the best of me and I find myself crunched for time. I think it’d be worth my while to go through my closet and formulate some go-to outfits that look like I put some effort into it despite the time crunch. Thanks for the inspiration … I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. :)

  40. 40
    May 21st, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    This is a great idea, but if I’m really crunched for time I will often find that I haven’t even shaved so I can’t wear the dress.

  41. 41
    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I usually pick out my outfits the night before (after checking the weather, of course!) so I don’t have to deal with this issue, but these are still good ideas. nice article!

  42. 42
    May 26th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    i hate planning my outfits in advance but summer is definitely nice when i’m able to just throw on a sundress and sandals and head out the door. I’m very into flowy summer dresses at the moment so if you need another cute idea for a summer dress id pair this:
    with these sandals:

  43. 43
    May 26th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This is perfect for monday mornings for me because I’m always late out of bed.

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