The 4 outfit formulas that will never let you down.

If you’ve been following our fashion content here on Mamamia, you would know just how important it is to have a solid roster of wardrobe basics

These essentials are reliable and timeless, not to mention that without them, it would be pretty difficult to create Pinterest-worthy outfits

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Now, we like to tell ourselves that after reading our recommendations; you went out and bought the perfect white t-shirt, discovered denim that hugs you in all the right places and found a button up that can take you from day to night with ease. 

But how do you style it? This is where outfit formulas come in. 

Owning the right clothing is only half the battle when it comes to establishing a signature style. The other half is learning what works best with each piece. 

Sure, most basics go well with pretty much everything, that’s what makes them so versatile. However, good styling takes an ordinary shirt-and-jeans combo and elevates it into something more highbrow.

What are outfit formulas?


Outfit formulas are exactly what the name suggests: Tried and true combinations that ensure your outfit will always look like something off a runway.

If you’re concerned about it being too difficult and finicky, don’t be. Outfit formulas are supposed to take the guesswork out of wearing clothes, and once you follow these basic rules, you’ll find being the best dressed person in the room isn’t as hard as it seems. 

So let’s get into it.

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Outfit formula #1: White singlet, tailored trousers and a button-up shirt.

Images: The Iconic, SHOWPO.

How to wear it: This combination gives ‘model off duty’ vibes — there’s a reason celebs like Kendall Jenner love it so much. Simply tuck the plain white singlet into your trousers and wear the open shirt on top. It’s the ultimate transeasonal look, and when paired with the right accessories, it can be worn for a variety of occasions.

Featured products: COS singlet, Elka Collective pants, SHOWPO shirt.


Outfit formula #2: White button up and white denim.

Images: SHOWPO, Suzanne Grae.

How to wear it: If you ever find yourself in an outfit rut, then turn to the all-white look. Grab your plain white button up shirt and wear it loosely over a pair of plain white denim (preferably in a straight leg cut). Add some gold accessories and you’re done.

Featured products: SHOWPO shirt, Suzanne Grae jeans.

Outfit formula #3: Blazer with jeans.

Images: The Iconic, MYER.


How to wear it: This is our favourite combo when we have 10 minutes to get ready. A black blazer, white t-shirt and dark wash denim makes for a sophisticated outfit, and can easily take you from the office to evening drinks.

Featured products: Atmos&Here blazer, Pull&Bear t-shirt, Commonry jeans.

Outfit formula #4: A maxi dress with the right accessories.

Images: The Iconic.


How to wear it: Maxi dresses are the ultimate wardrobe staple for the time poor, and it’s because it’s so easy to throw on. Wear it with brown sandals, a wicker bag and statement earrings.

Featured products: Atmos&Here linen blend dress, SPURR slides, Miz Casa and Co basket bag.

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