Wait, Could This TikTok Outfit Rule Be the Secret to Getting Ready in 5 Minutes?

Here at Who What Wear UK, we pride ourselves on our know-how when it comes to solving fashion dilemmas. Wondering what to wear in winter? We've got you covered. Searching for an office outfit that doesn't feel stuffy? We're experts. Simply looking for the next It item or trending style? Easy. But what can prove to be the trickiest challenge is actually the simplest question: how to perfect an easy, elegant, everyday outfit that is as low effort as possible with maximum payoff. Sound familiar?

Unlike dressing to meet a specific dress code, daily outfit building has to meet practical requirements as well as make us look and feel good. Should you also be the kind of person who spends Monday morning pulling apart their wardrobe to find something that will fit the bill, you know just how difficult this balance can be to achieve. After declaring "I have nothing to wear" for the umpteenth time (something I know to be untrue), I came across an outfit formula that provided a solution so simple that there is almost no thought required. Cue the TikTok sandwich rule.

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Those familiar with last year's "2x2 outfit formula" will know just how much of a game-changer it was for our wardrobes, so imagine my excitement when I came across a new method that makes the concept even easier. The idea is simple but effective (believe me): just start by choosing a colour for the top and matching it on the bottom. For example, a black jacket worn with blue jeans can be balanced with black shoes, and a brown coat over a cream dress will look expensive with brown shoes, and so on. No matter how many outfit combinations I tried this with, the rule was still applicable, and once I realised just how easy it was, I kept spotting it in outfits everywhere I looked— in fact, you may even already do it without realising. 

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With this five-minute wonder in mind, I put some of my favourite new-in finds together into sandwich outfits that might help you the next time you get stuck with what to wear. Happy outfit-building! 

1. CARDIGAN + JEANS + BALLET PUMPS

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SHOP THE OUTFIT:

2. MAXI COAT + JERSEY TOP + WIDE-LEG TROUSERS + TRAINERS

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SHOP THE OUTFIT:

3. FLUFFY KNIT + MIDI SKIRT + KNEE-HIGH BOOTS

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SHOP THE OUTFIT:

4. TRENCH COAT + MINIDRESS + MULES

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SHOP THE OUTFIT:

5. WOOL JACKET + MINISKIRT + LOAFERS

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SHOP THE OUTFIT:

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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.