Is your wardrobe (and brain) feeling a little tired? Scroll down to discover Absolutely’s four failsafe outfit combos for when you’re feeling lazy

Words Joy Montgomery

We all have those days when all we want to do is roll into work in our pyjamas. We stare dismally at our wardrobes waiting for inspiration to strike and hoping a ready-made outfit will leap out at us. The sad reality is that (contrary to what some might say) most people can’t casually throw on a perfectly curated outfit at 7am.

After years of trial and error we’ve worked out that the key to low-maintenance, lazy dressing is having a mental portfolio of failsafe combos. If you’re in need of some inspo for the new season then look no further… To help your poor, fashion-weary brains we’ve handpicked our favourite AW17 trends and distilled them into simple style sums. Maths has never been so fun.

GINGHAM DRESS + OVERSIZED TRENCH = CHIC SMART CASUAL

Get more milage out of your SS17 gingham dress with an oversized trench coat. The dress’ muted colour palette and textured fabric offer an elegant autumnal twist on the trend. Accessorise with a ladylike handbag, classic penny loafers and Mango’s abstract earrings, for a much-needed pop of colour.

MUVEIL belted trench coat, £856; farfetch.com // Gingham Slash Back Midi Dress by Boutique, £95; topshop.com // Metal pendant earrings, £9.99; mango.com // Leather city bag, £175; uterque.com // GUCCI Princetown horsebit-detailed leather slippers, £530; net-a-porter.com

YOLKED SHIRT + A-LINE MIDI = WESTERN-INSPIRED DOUBLE DENIM 

It’s official: double denim is having a comeback. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s a simple look to throw together on short notice. Topshop’s yolked shirt and River Island’s black belt offer a western-inspired twist to M.I.H’s denim midi. A minimalist sandal and saddle bag will keep the look contemporary.

MOTO Fitted Western Shirt, £15; topshop.com // DORATEYMUR Harput sandals, £325; farfetch.com // Black silver buckle western belt, £12; riverisland.com // M.I.H JEANS Parra denim skirt, £129; mytheresa.com // White Slim Fit T-Shirt, £7; topman.com // Metallic handle shoulder bag, £29.99; mango.com

UTILITY JUMPSUIT + STRAW TOTE = EASY TRANS-SEASONAL DRESSING

There’s nothing that says low effort dressing better than a jumpsuit. Find the right one and you’ll be able to throw it on and look the part, even on the most lazy of mornings. We’ll be wearing ours when the Great British weather is swinging from freezing rain to baking sun. La Redoute’s navy blue utilitarian jumpsuit speaks of gusty autumn days, while a canvas sandal and straw bag offer a final nod to the fading summer.

Linen Utility Jumpsuit, £27.30; laredoute.com // DINOSAUR DESIGNS Short Mineral gold-filled resin earrings, £155; net-a-porter.com // ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS Clio denim and leather sandals, £155; matchesfashion.com // KAYU St Tropez pompom-embellished woven straw tote, £105; net-a-porter.com

SUEDE JACKET + WIDE LEG JEANS = NEW SEASON ’70s CHIC

Faded red, burnt orange and dusty brown hues are bringing retro cool to wardrobe staples this season. If you’re looking for a new jacket, Maje’s suede jacket is an excellent investment and makes for a dreamy pairing with this year’s hottest wide leg denim silhouette. Rockins‘ skinny scarf, meanwhile, is an easy way to boost your ensemble’s style credentials and will add rock n’ roll appeal to Petit Bateau’s classic breton.

Maje Leather fringed jacket, £264; uk.maje.com // ROCKINS Pine Cone Paisley-print super-skinny scarf, £85; matchesfashion.com // WOMEN’S MARINIÈRE IN HEAVY JERSEY, £41.60; petit-bateau.co.uk // CHLOÉ Orlando embellished suede ankle boots, £685; net-a-porter.com // M.I.H JEANS Caron cropped mid-rise wide-leg jeans, £99; theoutnet.com

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