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"It's comfy, flattering and chic": 16 women on the outfits that make them feel most confident.

A few years ago, someone told me that there's nothing worse than wearing an outfit you don't feel comfortable in. It's advice that has stuck with me ever since.

I think back to times when I've worn ill-fitting dresses or outfits that weren't quite me, and remember spending the night either adjusting the dress or worrying that I don't look good in said outfit. 

Since then I've made a conscious effort to wear things that make me feel confident, and I almost always come back to the same look when I don't know what to wear.

For me, that outfit is a classic combination of "jeans and a nice top"

I pair my favourite jeans with a black bodysuit, add as much or as little jewellery as I feel like and shoes to suit the occasion (usually pointy black heels). And I always feel good in it.

I asked our Mamamia community to share the outfit they feel most confident in, so you can take some inspiration or be reminded of what outfit that is for you.

Because we all deserve to feel good in the clothes we wear.

Kee

"A midi silk slip dress always feels like an easy win. Comfy, flattering and chic. Easy to dress up or dress down and go from day to night. Blazer on top with chunky rope sandals for a dressier look, or a denim vest with sneakers for a bit of an edge."

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Talia

"High waist, loose-ish fitting jeans or pants with a crop situation and some comfy heels. I am short and curvy and feel like this flatters my shape best."

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Meghna

"I pretty much live in jeans but when I need to feel like dressed up, I switch back to my Indian roots. For some reason I feel very pretty in my head when I switch to traditional wear!"

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Rose

"My failsafe outfit is a midi length dress and this vintage jacket. The embroidered sunflowers and bees ALWAYS get compliments and being a really lightweight denim it works with a huge range of pieces underneath."

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Laura

"A blazer over jeans or a pretty skirt works every time for me! I am obsessed with blazer-style jackets and I do have quite a few - mostly from Zara, Mango and Decjuba. I love the cooler months when I can chuck on a blazer and elevate my outfit while feeling the confidence levels rise!"

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Empower

"My pandemic response has been to wear more and more bright colours. I can't smile in a mask but my outfits are colourful, friendly and fun."

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Lily

"Jumpsuits - you don't have to think about coordinating bottoms and tops, can dress up or down and I always get compliments on this one. So comfy, cool and chic."

Katie

"A tent dress. I know they have no shape, but HOT DAMN they are comfy. I now have a small collection brewing in happy patterns, and they make me feel like myself."

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Madeleine

"Jeans, a nice top and a mule! I always feel put together and can chuck on a baggy blazer if I'm ever cold."

Michelle

"A TOAG (throw-on-and-go) midi or maxi dress. Especially on the days where you don't have the time or headspace to be coordinating an outfit. They are so versatile - wear them to work, lunch with the girls, school pick up, date night or even pottering around the house. Just add jewellery, flats or heels and a bag to dress up or down. My biggest tip though - get your colours done. Once you know what colours work for you, every outfit suddenly lifts you and you feel fab!"

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Polly

"Mine is high-waisted black pants, tucked in top, heels. It's simple, comfortable and flattering."

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Clare

"My go-to is always a white top (gotta be careful of food but I think white works on blondes!) and a short, flowy skirt. It's simple, doesn't require too many decisions, comfy, I feel feminine and like it looks like I put in more effort than I did!"

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Maddie

"When I'm having an outfit crisis (surely we've all been there) or not feeling my best, my go-to is this blazer with either a short black dress, jeans and a crop. I feel like it turns a basic outfit into something more chic. Paired with some cool earrings and you're good to walk out the door with minimal fuss!"

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Lucie

"I love anything leopard print! I also like mini dresses so this one is what makes me feel most myself."

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Tamara

"Fashion is my first love, and I really enjoy dressing up, but when I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt I feel like I can take on the world. Any iteration of these two pieces - just add accessories, or not!"

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What's your go-to outfit that makes you feel confident? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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