5 Chic 10-Minute Outfits That Make Getting Dressed So Easy

Welcome back to another episode of "How to Dress for a UK Summer", where it's too cool for stripping off and too humid for lots of layers. It's been a confusing couple of months, hasn't it? One day it's a heatwave, the next it's a downpour. Even in September, the weather remains unpredictable, so if you haven't been fortunate enough to book a sunny getaway quite yet and you want to make the most of the transition into autumn, let's discuss the great British wardrobe. 

We're still mostly in a warm-weather mindset. It's good to be optimistic, right? But depending on where in the United Kingdom you're located, it's probably somewhere between balmy and breezy right now, so with this in mind, it makes sense to put together a capsule of items that you can mix and match with ease, and tailor to temperature changes. And as a bonus, the ones I have in mind will cut your getting ready time in half, if not by a third. That's right, I'm confident that after many years of mis-judging the weather, I've finally come up with the formula to an easy outfit that always looks chic (and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes).


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It's likely you'll already own many of the major components here, and with some minor adjustments you can make the most out of a simple blazer, style up a pair of jeans, or settle into comfy linen. Sound good? Keep scrolling for five stylish outfit ideas that will make your mornings a lot less stressful. Check them out now, and thank me later.



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Style Notes: Ah, the blazer. The crowd pleasing year-rounder that we wear with everything from evening dresses to denim. It might be intended as part of a sharp suit with tailored trousers, but there's no quicker way to dress up an outfit than by adding a blazer. A case in point? A simple tee and a denim skirt. From desk to dinner in just one swift move. 




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Style Notes: Looking for an easy weekend look perfect for running errands? I've got you. Size up from your regular shirt size and wear it loosely tucked into straight-leg jeans with the shoe of 2022—the Birkenstock Boston clog. It's just been restocked for 2023, but the mole colourway has already flown off the shelves—an indication of just how popular this comfy shoe is (and for good reason). 




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Style Notes: Nothing says autumn quite like tweed and trousers, and this dressed up jacket is the easiest instant outfit if you're getting ready in a hurry. Look for luxe detailing like special buttons and shoulders pads to give a simple tank top the "wow" factor, and add straight-leg trousers and ballet flats to bring a Parisian vibe.




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Style Notes: To whomever invented wearing waistcoats like casual tops, we salute you. Although it takes five minutes to throw one on with the co-ordinating trousers, the final look is so polished that it'll look like you spent all day getting ready. For evening, this outfit would be great with strappy sandals, but if you're rolling out of bed and into the first meeting of the day, add a pair of trainers for effortless elegance. This is an outfit that will never let you down. 


5. Cosy Knit + Midi Skirt + Knee-High Boots


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Style Notes: A tank top is the ultimate basic, but it's easy to dress up with a flowy skirt and elevated accessories. Choose lightweight fabrics whilst the warm climes continue, and stick to a relatively neutral palette to maximise the wear you get out of this combination. Come autumn, simply toss a jumper on top and swap the sandals for sneakers. Easy peasy.


This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.