Insanely chic outfits on the run
Side view of Express shirt dress with L.K. Bennett pumps, Prada bag, and various arm candies (all own)
  1. Dressing in a hurry
  2. Fitted dress plus trench coat
  3. Shirt dress plus blazer/cardigan
  4. Sheath dress with cardigan

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Dressing in a hurry

We all have been there: Having no time to pull an outfit together and there is an important meeting at work to dress for. Instead of throwing on yesterday’s outfit again, go for instant style. Like you can’t be over- or under-dressed in a LBD, A tailored, well-fitting dress in neutral colors always looks professional. #instantstyle #workstyle Click To Tweet Add the respective accessories and you are ready for a business dinner, a meeting with clients, and even date night after work.

side view of blogger in DvF wrap dress with motorcycle jacket

back view of DvF dress and leather jacket

stylist wearing an instant outfit
Outfit details: DvF wrap dress, Graham and Spencer leather motorcycle jacket, L.K. Bennett wedge pumps, barrette, smoky quartz statement necklace, Jaeger tote (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord

Fitted dress plus trench coat

A knee-length classic navy day dress looks great with a taupe trench coat a gray belt, gray or navy pumps, and a red work tote, diamond studs, and a pearl necklace. After work, swap the pearls and diamonds for long chandeliers, the tote for a silver clutch, and the pumps for strappy sandals, and you are ready for date night.

Shirt dress plus blazer/cardigan

A below-the-knees silk printed shirt dress looks professional with a tailored blazer, work tote, and Mary-Janes/pumps. Add a man’s watch and you are ready.

over 50 years old woman wearing an instant look of skirt dress with cardigan
Instant look: Example skirt dress with cardigan: Denim dress styled with L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, GNW tights, DIY wide belt, dyed GNW cardigan and a red-black-blue plaid scarf that ties the office appropriate instant look together

Sheath dress with cardigan

In summer, a printed sheath is a no-brainer, if your work dress-code allows sleeveless dresses. Otherwise, a sheath with sleeves does the trick. Just add flesh-colored pumps to elongate your legs, pearl studs, and a work clutch to meet with clients. In fall, just add a cardigan over the sleeveless sheath or later a layering top under the sheath.

sheath with cardigan, scarf winter work outfit
Instant style: Example sheath dress with cardigan: GAP LBD with Russian scarf, Moda International cardigan, leopard print tight, Söft booties, Gucci belt (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

Meeting on Casual Friday

This situation is tricky. There is a Casual Friday culture, a meeting with the co-workers and a meeting with an important client. A classic dress with long sleeves meets the dress code for the latter in a business casual office. After the meeting with the client, add a denim jacket or vest for the meeting with the co-workers.

style blogger in paisley dress with denim jacket
Instant style Karina long-sleeve dress with Star denim jacket, smoky quartz statement necklace, Gucci belt, Chanel quilted bag, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses (all own), Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway, and wood sport watch with Swarovski crystals c/o Jord

In summer, a floral poplin dress with a motorcycle dress will work for the situation as well.

Stylist in pink leather jacket and printed dress with pink and yellow
Instant style example eShakti fit-and-flare printed dress with Newport News pink leather jacket, Ivanka Trump pumps, and Jaeger tote (all own)

When you like the idea of instant looks please share it with your friends by tweeting them Take a look at these instant outfits. #fashionover50 #officestyle Click To Tweet

Stylist tip: Print instant outfit ideas and post them in your closet to save time when you are in a hurry.

What is your outfit shortcut when you have to dress up, but don’t have much time? Do you have some instant outfits ready to go? What are your instant outfits? Let me know, I am curious.

When you like these instant outfit ideas you may also like my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife with outfit ideas for all kind of dressing situations in midlife.

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