My Outfits For The Week: Easy Formula To Get Dressed

My Outfits For The Week: Easy Formula To Get Dressed

I just wrapped a big styling job that went for 5 days straight from 6:30am to 6:30pm. 


Do you ever have weeks like this when you need several good outfits in a row? They must be comfortable enough for 12 hour days, yet interesting enough to keep you feeling energized and inspired about how you look. Oh, and you also need to be out the door super early in the morning!


It’s a good exercise in outfit planning; specifically in combining creativity with functionality.


So I decided to share my week’s worth of outfits so you see how to do it for yourself.


Keep reading to see my outfits for the week and get the outfit formulas that make getting dressed a breeze!

Outfit Planned


If you’ve ever worked in production, you know the days are long and they start before dawn.


With a 5:30 am wake-up, there’s not much time for outfit planning. Especially if you share a room and need to be considerate of someone else who’s still sleeping.


This meant my outfits had to be planned the night before. Or else I’d be doing it in the dark!


So each evening before getting ready for bed, I thought about what to wear the following day. Sometimes this required a try-on to make sure everything worked well.

The Style Elements


To make my outfit planning smooth each day, I relied on a formula of 3 components that brought my look together.

  • Black pants 
  • Pops of color 
  • Fun accessories (including shoes)

Combining these elements made it simple to put together my look each day.


My Outfits For The Week


Day 1

Black pants, navy sweater with pop of gold detail, fun sneakers


Day 2

Black pants, black top, pop of color pink sweater, fun belt, fun sneakers


Day 3 

This was a departure from the 3 main components as I relied on a tried and true standby. I always recommend having a stash of ready-to-go outfits that you can put together in a pinch and always feel good. For me, it was my neutral sweater, light blue jeans and white boots.

Day 4

I wasn’t on-set that day. Instead I ran around town shopping to fill-in the wardrobe that was missing. My runaround outfit was still within the formula, black pants, black sweatshirt, white boots, fun necklace.


Day 5 

Black pants, yellow sweater, fun sneakers



See how it came together?


Those Are My Outfits: Now Plan Yours


Each evening when planning my look, I worked within the parameters to keep it simple. That way, I didn’t have to think too hard. I had my formula and filled it in with specific pieces from my wardrobe.


Your formula may look a little different than mine.


Start with a versatile base (like my black pants). Add in a complimentary component (pop of color). Then tie it together with something that’s uniquely you (fun accessories).


Versatility + complimentary + authenticity


That’s the formula!


Tell me below what pieces you’d fill in for your own formula.


Still wondering what pieces compliment you best? Click here to get the free style guide, 5 Ways to Flatter Your Figure. It’ll show you what to wear that suits you best!

Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.

4 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    I love your outfits! Now I want a pair of white boots.

  2. Debra Dyer says:

    Black ponte knit sheath…1) denim jacket, black knee high boots, bel with silver/goldtone buckle, graduated gold chain necklaces…2) pink cashmere cardigan, pearl necklace, pearl tribal earrings, black pumps…3) gray long cardigan belted on top of cardigan, silver long pendant, gray boots…4) black leather moto jacket, red-gray-white silk scarf, flat black knee high boots with lacing up front, silver bangle bracelets…

  3. Debra Dyer says:

    Black ponte knit sheath…1) denim jacket, black knee high boots, bel with silver/goldtone buckle, graduated gold chain necklaces…2) pink cashmere cardigan, pearl necklace, pearl tribal earrings, black pumps…3) gray long cardigan belted on top of cardigan, silver long pendant, gray boots…4) black leather moto jacket, red-gray-white silk scarf, flat black knee high boots with lacing up front, silver bangle bracelets…

  4. Amy Kanarek says:

    Hmmm. Here we go: black pencil skirt & black slip skirt. Black boots. Black & Camel cashmere sweaters. Great statement jewelry. Favorite black & jewel tone scarf. Done!

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