How to Pull Off a Smart Casual Look in 10 Minutes or Less


Fashionable young brunette.

When you’re a busy mom trying to juggle a million things every day, while also running after your kids 24/7 (much like myself), sometimes it’s hard to find the time or the patience to choose stylish outfits when all you want to do is throw on a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and start off your list of priorities.

Nevertheless, for most of us ladies, our physical appearance has a significant impact on our confidence level and on our general disposition. Dressing up generates a certain vibe of positivity that somehow manages to stay with us throughout the day. Basically, when we look good, we feel good, right?

Because I know how difficult it can be to put together a successful outfit when you’re constantly trying to beat the clock and simply run out the door in the morning, I’ve decided to compile this list of four easy looks you can easily recreate for almost any occasion and guess what: it will only take you ten minutes to put them together. So here they are:

1.   Choose a timeless staple to complement your outfit

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When you’re a busy woman trying to handle a gazillion tasks every day, you know that time is a valuable resource, which you cannot afford to waste. This means that no matter how many bags, purses, and clutches you may own, you definitely don’t have the time to change your carry-on five times a week and spend precious minutes transferring your valuables from one bag to another.

So what is the solution to this? Find a high-quality and practical leather messenger bag, which you can easily accessorize to multiple outfits. The leather messenger bag is ideal for any work context, allowing you to carry both your laptop and your portfolio in a versatile and stylish way.

2.  Black & White Never Fails

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The fabulous thing about the black and white combo is that it’s incredibly easy to pull off and it works in almost any context. The outfit presented above, for instance, works great either when you’re going to the office or when you’re off to a casual first date.

3.   When in Doubt, Go for Monochrome

Woman outside Cavalli fashion shows building for Milan Women's Fashion Week 2014

When your time is limited, the last thing you want to think about is the latest color trends and whether pink goes with blue. A monochromatic outfit is a game-changer from this perspective, because it saves you the trouble of figuring out how to match your clothing items and gives you an effortless, but smart appearance in just a few short minutes.

A grey, silky dress, such as the one from this image, can easily be worn both in the work space, as well as on a weekend stroll around town. Throw some statement accessories in the mix, such as a fedora hat or a tribal style necklace and you’re set to go. 

4.   Simplicity Is Key

Young woman walking

If you find yourself searching frantically through your closet for almost twenty minutes and still consider you have nothing to wear, then it’s time to go back to the basics. Sometimes the obvious solution is staring us in the face, but we fail to acknowledge it because we tend to overthink things. This classic white mini dress, for instance, works great for almost any social occasion and is the ideal alternative to the overpraised LBD.


So the next time you wake up in the morning and feel that nervousness setting in when you have to decide what you’re going to wear for the day, remember these suggestions and consider the fact that the simplicity is most of the times the key.

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