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52 Outfit Formulas

Welcome to Outfit Formulas 101.

Every Thursday we post a new formula, taking popular items featured here on The Well Dressed Life and show you the “formula” for wearing them, along with recommendations for the pieces you need to create them. 

At the end of the year you’ll have 52 outfit formulas, and a closet full of versatile items you can mix and match dozens of ways. 

As we move through the year, and build out the content, you’ll be able to search for looks by item and have everything you need at your fingertips.

What are Outfit Formulas? 

Simply put, an outfit formula is a template to follow when creating a look. 

Thinking of getting dressed as a formula will help you put together a complete outfit so you look and feel well dressed. 😉 

I regularly hear from readers that capsule wardrobes are a challenge because their lives require a wardrobe with more variety – and I agree.

Make them Your Own

These formulas are designed to show how and why certain pieces pair better together. 

So you’ll be empowered to create unique looks on your own. 

Use these formulas as inspiration, and use the items you already have to recreate them in your unique style.

Focusing on outfit formulas, rather than a capsule will give you more flexibility and more options without feeling like you have too much “stuff” because each piece in your wardrobe has purpose. 

As always, each look in the formula series will be based in modern, classic style, so if that’s your jam, you’re in the right place. 

Every Thursday, we highlight a classic wardrobe staple and share the “formula” for wearing it right here on The Well Dressed Life.

Each post includes affordable and size-inclusive options from our readerships favorite retailers. 

And these outfit formulas are FREE to our readers.

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Outfit Formulas are released every Thursday and follow the seasons on the East Coast.

At the end of the year, you’ll have 52 outfit formulas and a wardrobe full of versatile items you can mix and match dozens of ways. 

Outfit Formulas by The Well Dressed Life

Imagine a closet full of clothes you love and  know how to wear.

Outfit Formulas by The Well Dressed Life

Outfit Formulas are like a recipe to use when you want to create a well-styled look. 

The beauty of an outfit formula is it makes getting dressed easy. So often, we overcomplicate the process, reinventing the wheel every time we stand in front of our closets.

What’s nice about outfit formulas is that you not only have a guideline to provide clarity and inspiration, but you’ll also start to define your style.

During this year-long series,  keep in mind that specific formulas will speak to you more than others. And that’s the point. 🙂 

Please focus on the looks that you feel the best in and replicate them with pieces you already have and new items you purchase through our recommendations.

You’ll start to see your personal style emerge when you pay attention to the garments and outfits you turn to over and again.

52 Outfit Formulas for Classic Timeless Style

Outfit Formula #1: The Boyfriend Blazer

Outfit Formula #2: The Ivory Turtleneck Sweater

Outfit Formula #3: The Full Length Trouser

Outfit Formula #4: The Pencil Skirt

Outfit Formula #5: The Breton Top

Outfit Formula #6 & #7: The Jogger Pant

Outfit Formula #8: The Oversized Sweater

Outfit Formula #9: The Camp Shirt

Outfit Formula #10: The Field Jacket

Outfit Formula #11: The Chambray Dress

Outfit Formula #12: The Trench Coat

Outfit Formula #13: The Tee Shirt Dress

Outfit Formula #14 & #15: The White Blazer

Outfit Formula # 16 & #17 : The White Jean

Outfit Formula #18: The White Sneaker

Outfit Formula #19: The Linen Shirt 

Outfit Formula #20: The Ankle Pant

See All the Looks Below

Outfit Formula #1: The Boyfriend Blazer 

White tshirt, camel colored crossbody bag, light straight jeans, black boyfriend blazer, camel colored loafers, gold hoop earrings

The Boyfriend Blazer is one of my favorite wardrobe staples. It’s slightly oversized, often double-breasted and gives off a cool and casual vibe. 

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Outfit Formula #2: The Ivory Turtleneck Sweater

Two Outfits that feature an ivory cashmere turtleneck

A neutral color turtleneck is one of the most versatile layers in your wardrobe. 

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Outfit Formula #3: Full Length Trousers

Black Full Length Trousers, black and white boucle coat, white satin tank, black booties, and black and gold hoop earrings

Ankle and cropped styles are popping up everywhere because we need new lengths and silhouettes to keep fashion fresh, but there is always a place in our wardrobes for a full, cover-your-ankle length trouser.

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Outfit Formula #4: The Pencil Skirt

navy ponte skirt, navy cowl sweater with either white low top sneakers and leopard crossbody bag or a camel wood coat, tan leather tote, tan suede heels, and two tone hoop earrings

Finding an affordable, high-quality pencil skirt isn’t easy. Often they are too short and tight-fitting. Or they are a perfect fit but over-priced. But this one is just right. 

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Outfit Formula #5: The Breton Top

Breton Stripe Long Sleeve in navy and white, vintage jeans, red lipstick, black saddle bag, black loafers, gold hoops, and an optional navy sweater blazer

One of my most favorite, always-in-rotation tops, is a classic Breton. I wear it so often, I have multiples, so when one is in the wash, I still have an option. 

You can wear these a million ways, I’m going to share one no fail outfit formula that always works.

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Outfit Formula 6 & 7: The Jogger Pant

Two outfits featuring black joggers

The jogger pant is one of the most versatile items to add to your wardrobe, and there are dozens of ways to style them.

If you don’t love leggings, need a jean alternative, or simply want to add some variety to your closet, these are the pants to buy.

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Outfit Formula #8: The Oversized Sweater

two outfits featuring a beige oversized sweater

An oversized sweater, is one of my go-to looks, a formula that has very much turned into one of my uniforms.

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Outfit Formula #9: The Camp Shirt 

yellow camp shirt, tan easy pants, tan slide heels, straw clutch, and gold drop earrings.

This spring, a camp shirt is on our list of wardrobe must-haves.

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Outfit Formula #10: The Field Jacket

Beige Field Jacket, White Jeans, Quilted crossbody, tan loafers, blue pinstripe oxford shirt

This roomy, lightweight jacket with military-inspired design details is ideal for early spring and fall weather.

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Outfit Formula #11: The Chambray Dress

Chambray dress with either tan slides, straw clutch, and pearl drop hoops, or with metallic sneakers, metallic clutch, and gold hoop earrings

 

You can dress this chambray shift up or down and it can float around in your wardrobe, waiting for a warm day. 

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Outfit Formula #12: The Trench Coat

Trench coat, vintage jeans, black scarf, white boatneck tee, gold necklace with either white sneakers and a tan crossbody or black flats and a black woven tote

The trench coat is possibly the cornerstone of a classic wardrobe, crossing between American and French styles.

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Outfit Formula #13: The Tee Shirt Dress

Black maxi crewneck dress with either a denim jacket, straw hat, tan crossbody, and tan sandals or a red and back striped sweater, black crossbody, white sneakers and gold hoops

Tee shirt dresses are where it’s at. They are the perfect throw-on piece for mild and warm weather days working from home, running errands, and traveling.

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Outfit Formula #14 & #15: The White Blazer 

White Blazer with either a white tank top, jeans, white pumps, and a beige clutch, or with a blue floral dress, pink bag, pearl earrings, and white slide shoes.

A white blazer is one of my most used spring time wardrobe staples.

And you’ll see why in today’s 14th and 15th Outfit Formula, it’s endlessly versatile. 

It’s a true spring time outfit finisher.

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Outfit Formula #16 & #17: The White Jean

White jeans with either a tan coatigan, tan tank, bone leather belt, and tan mules or a cream cardigan, tan woven bag, and tan slide sandals

If there is one item of clothing that I wear too much this time of year it’s my white jeans.

I wear them with everything because they have the magical ability to take the tops I’m bored with and freshen them up for a new season.

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Outfit Formula #18: The White Sneaker

Two outfits with white sneakers

You can wear a bright white pair of classic low-top sneakers with pretty much anything in your wardrobe, from athleisure to jeans and blazers, or even a flowy dress.

Their beauty is their versatility, and in 2022, they are a widely accepted form of footwear.

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Outfit Formula #19: The Linen Shirt

Two Outfits featuring a white boyfriend linen shirt

There is a style trend right now called “Coastal Grandmother.”

And the linen shirt is an anchor piece to that wardrobe. 

So let’s break it down and share some options. 

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Outfit Formula #20: The Ankle Pant

ankle pants with a pink top, black clutch, and black sandals or with a black tank, white blazer, black pointed flats, and a black tote

It is ankle pant season!

Ankle pants are flattering on everyone. 

Yes, everyone.

Short, tall, plus, petite, doesn’t matter, you can wear them. 

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Outfit Formulas are released every Thursday and follow the seasons on the East Coast.

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