10 Unique Outfit Ideas When You "Have Nothing to Wear"

We all know the feeling: You're standing in front of your closet full of clothes and saying to yourself that you "have nothing to wear." The solution to such a sartorial conundrum is not necessarily buying more clothes but navigating your wardrobe in such a way that allows for more styling creativity and effectively making use of what you already own.

To prove this, we've rounded up 10 unique outfit ideas for all those times you feel like you're stuck in a fashion rut. Looking to our favorite It girls for inspiration, we've curated a pinnable lineup of everyday ensembles that are anything but ordinary.

From pairing shockingly bright blazers with striped paper-bag pants to combining oversize menswear pieces with flowing floral dresses, these fashion-forward looks are full of eye-catching juxtaposition and fresh new ways to make a statement whatever the occasion calls for. Keep reading for our favorite unique outfit formulas to try out this season.

Vest + Sleeveless Turtleneck + Wide-Leg Cropped Pants + Ankle Boots
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Play with proportions and fabrications while wearing a vest over a sleeveless top and wide-leg pants. For the bottom, choose a cropped iteration to show off ankle boots.

Bright Blazer + Bralette + Paper-Bag Pants
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Blazers serve as an easy, elevated stand-in for so many stylings. Choose one in a bright colorway to be the statement piece of your outfit, then finish off with high-waisted pants and a crop top. The bralette and paper-bag pant combo here works nicely to play off the menswear-inspired cut of the blazer.

Oversize Blazer + Floral Dress + Ankle Boots
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Another failsafe blazer look is wearing an oversize cut over a mid-length floral dress. Pair with ankle boots for daytime or heels for night.

Long Button-Down + Jeans + Brogues
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It's so easy to fall back on jeans and a T-shirt, but while that classic combo will never go out of style, you can instantly switch things up with a long untucked button-down worn over jeans. Finish off with Oxfords, brogues, or loafers.

Maxi Dress + Jean Jacket + White Sneakers
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The beautiful thing about a maxi dress is you can essentially throw on one item and be done. But to take your ensemble up a notch, top with a jean jacket (styled as so—off the shoulder with only one button done—for bonus points), and a pair of clean white sneakers.

Button-Down + Silk Slacks + Wool Coat + White Sneakers
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We'll never grow tired of menswear-inspired looks, especially for fall and winter months. Combine your go-to button-down with silk slacks, then make the look more casual with white sneakers. On colder days, a long, oversize wool coat makes the look even cooler.

Slip Dress + T-Shirt + Long Coat + Mules
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The slip dress can be a difficult to transition into fall and winter, but with the right layering it can be a striking statement. Wear over a T-shirt then top off with a long coat and finish with mules for a look that can easily tackle both day and night.

Jumpsuit + Lace Blouse + Matching Heels
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Jumpsuits are tricky but always make a statement. To accommodate cooler weather, layer a sleeveless iteration over a lace or sheer blouse. Finish off with matching heels for a refined take on the utilitarian style.

Cowboy Boots + Graphic T-Shirt + Midi Skirt + Long Coat
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Cowboy boots have made a comeback, but it can be a challenge to style them without looking like an extra in West World (not that that's necessarily a bad thing). Go in a completely different direction by combining your pair with an oversize coat in a blazer style, a graphic T-shirt, and a midi skirt with a hemline that hits just above where the boot ends. The look will read anything but spaghetti Western.

pajama top outfit idea

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Pajama shirts always make a statement—especially a silk iteration with contrast stitching. Wear one like a robe with a pair of cropped jeans and finish off with a mule for a fresh ensemble that looks effortlessly put-together.

This story was originally published on October 22, 2017, and has since been updated.

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