A Simple Trick for When You Have Nothing to Wear

Sure, Instagram is great for peeping at photos of friends’ adorable new children, exotic vacations, and drool-inducing avocado toast, but its most redeemable—and actionable—use is one I came to without ever really realizing it. As it turns out, the photo-sharing app is a great place for inspiring, fresh outfit ideas.

On those days when I just can’t figure out what to wear, there’s one place chock-full of simple (but not boring) ideas that manage to come in handy when I just can’t do jeans and a T-shirt again without being disowned by my office mates.

My first foray into dressing via Instagram started simply enough: scrolling by a photo and mentally stocking a dress-and-sandal combination away for later. But as time’s gone on, I’ve developed a system, taking screenshots of looks I find particularly interesting—whether it be because of the styling, the accessorizing, or a trend I want to try—and tucking them away in a folder on my phone, ready for my next moment of crisis. Simply put, it’s a cure for the stylist’s block that hits all of us every once in a while.

Read on for a few inspiring Instagram outfit shots and to shop each look!

We were instantly drawn to the high-low combination of a sophisticated pencil skirt with a tee and slides, perfect inspiration for weekend brunch.

Layering tops and dresses can feel intimidating on first thought, but this simple look from Staud makes it seem effortless.

Ready to dust off the jumpsuit you never know exactly how to wear? This easy ensemble makes a one-and-done piece feel a little more special.

Haley Boyd’s Instagram is full of inspiring outfit ideas, but this cute combination especially caught our eye. It’s an easy way to add color without going too far.

Sometimes we fall back on easy outfits like jeans and a tee but need a spark to style it in a new way. This outfit is as simple as it gets but looks so good.