20 Easy Outfits That Will Make You Look Instantly Put Together

Usually, when we’ve overslept and we’re in a rush and struggling to get dressed, the outfits we throw together are better described as "hungover college senior" than "put-together lady." But looking chic and polished at all times doesn’t have to take a ton of effort. Don’t believe us? Just take a gander at the following 20 ladies, whose outfits are as straightforward as they are gorgeous.

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Sweater + Crop Flare Pants + Flat Sandals

Half-tuck the sweater to keep a chunkier knit from looking sloppy.

Get the look: Banana Republic sweater ($48); Ann Taylor pants ($98); Cole Haan sandals ($130)

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Off-the-shoulder Top + Full Skirt + Kitten Heels

Two things to note here: First, this combination is supremely (and almost universally) flattering, thanks to the clavicle-showing top and waist-cinching skirt. Second, an all-black-and-white look is another easy color trick for looking elegant.

Get the look: Cupcakes and Cashmere top ($85); Maje skirt ($295); Sam Edelman heels ($110)

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Button-down + High-waist Pants + Brogues

Psst…this borrowed-from-the-boys look would be just as stylish with a pair of crisp white sneakers.

Get the look: J.Crew button-down ($59); Club Monaco pants ($148); Vionic brogues ($140)

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T-shirt + Culottes + Moto Jacket

Not only do culottes look automatically composed, they’re also beyond comfortable. (Hello, maximum range of leg motion.)

Get the look: Old Navy T-shirt ($7); Vince culottes ($245); Trouve jacket ($197)

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Skinny Jeans + Blazer + Pumps

Hot tip: Stick to darker-wash jeans. They look more polished and are easier to dress up than lighter washes.

Get the look: Gap jeans ($70); Topshop blazer ($75); Louise et Cie pumps ($60)

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Button-down + Printed Trousers + Pumps

Tuck the shirt all the way in and take off the choker to make this outfit office-appropriate. Then, tousle things up at 5 p.m. for a great day-to-drinks look.

Get the look: Treasure & Bond button-down ($69); Banana Republic trousers ($49); 1.State pumps ($89)

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Sleeveless Button-down + Wide-leg Pants + Metallic Sandals

Think of this as the spring/summer version of the last look and wear it with abandon.  

Get the look: Sejour button-down ($69); Eileen Fisher pants ($168); Birkenstock sandals ($135)

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Denim Jacket + Miniskirt + Sneakers

You Don’t Have to Be Covered Up to Look Put-Together: A Memoir, by this chic lady.

Get the look: Old Navy jacket ($40); Veda skirt ($328); Converse sneakers ($49)

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Black Jacket + Black Jeans + Black Ankle Boots

An all-black ensemble is the easiest way to look like an off-duty model (even if the closest thing you’ve come to being a model is posing for an Instagram snap).

Get the look: Levi's jacket ($98); Paige jeans ($69); Stuart Weitzman boots ($575)

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Boyfriend Jeans + T-shirt + Long Blazer

Counter a loose-fitting jacket and pants with feminine heels and a fitted top.

Get the look: Gap jeans ($80); Target T-shirt ($8); Mural blazer ($75)

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Midi Dress + Blazer + Sneakers

Who says you have to wear heels to look stylish and refined?

Get the look: Gal Meets Glam dress ($168); Express blazer ($108); Tretorn sneakers ($70)

Striped Tee + Jeans + Mules

Grace Atwood’s casual-chic look is begging to be worn to your next brunch.

Get the look: Alternative tee ($38); Madewell jeans ($135); Loeffler Randall mules ($395)

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Jeans + T-shirt + Statement Jacket

We adore this embellished trench, but this outfit template would work with pretty much any light jacket.

Get the look: Frame jeans ($230); Gap T-shirt ($20); Sea jacket ($390) 

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Slip Dress + Belt + Neck Scarf

Unbelted, a slip dress can look a little bedroom. But cinched at the waist and topped with a skinny scarf tied around your neck, it’s a far cry from lingerie.

Get the look: Eileen Fisher dress ($278); Treasure & Bond belt ($49); Madewell scarf ($13)

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Fitted Top + Wide-leg Pants + Pumps

You could mimic these silhouettes in more muted colors, but an unexpected red and pink combo is fun while still being sophisticated.

Get the look: Splendid top ($88); Vince Camuto pants ($89); Sam Edelman pumps ($120)

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Statement Top + Jeans + Heels

Dressing up jeans 101: Pair them with a fancier top (we’re currently loving the one-shoulder thing) and low heels.

Get the look: Walter Baker top ($148); Topshop jeans ($70); Calvin Klein heels ($100)

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Jeans + Blazer + Ankle Boots

The top half of this combination is a no-brainer, and the flash of bold boots peeking out from a cropped hem takes it to the next level.

Get the look: Mother jeans ($228); J.Crew blazer ($198); Jeffrey Campbell boots ($125)

Crop Top + Midi Skirt + Mules

How to keep a crop top classy? Make like Monroe Steele and pair it with a high-waist skirt that shows off just a hint of skin at your midriff.

Get the look: Band of Gypsies crop top ($55); Sportmax skirt ($225); Dolce Vita mules ($120)

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Button-down + Black Jeans + Loafers

Introducing your new weekend uniform.

Get the look: Treasure & Bond button-down ($41); Good American jeans ($149); Free People loafers ($98)

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T-shirt + White Jeans + Loafers

FYI, when you’re pairing a white tee with white jeans, the shades don’t have to match perfectly.

Get the look: Madewell T-shirt ($20); Topshop jeans ($75); Gucci loafers ($730)

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Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...