Style cheats for the lazy girl

Don’t listen to anyone else – activewear is still a thing. This is the lazy girl’s guide to getting dressed each morning.

Here are some basic style steps to incorporate into your morning routine that will make a world of difference. (And by that we mean allow you another 30 minutes of sleep-in time!) Dressing for comfort and practicality is easy with the right guidance.

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The lazy girl’s cheat sheet:

Use these style tricks and still be the best dressed at brunch, the office and everywhere else.

1. Only buy clothes that don’t wrinkle, don't need to be ironed, or can be shoved into a bag and still come out looking a million bucks.

Shirts, pants, dresses. Be strategic when buying your clothes and ensure you’re grabbing fabrics that won’t crease and crush. Waking up with two minutes to spare and getting dressed with ease is a blessing.

High Neck Embroidered Lace Mini Shift Dress $117
Sass & Bide Okay Horay Knit $290
Lola Turtle Neck Rib Long Sleeve Bodysuit $24

2. One word: flats.

Comfy and practical, flats are the new heels, and fashion girls everywhere have caught on. Whether it's sneakers, sandals, brogues, ballet pumps or boots, flats are so in fashion and the options are endless. You'll feet will love you after a night out dancing.

Birkenstock Arizona Metallic Copper $164
adidas Superstar
FOXTROT Leather Tassel Sandals $47

3. Buy denim in bulk and then buy some more.

Jeans are your best friend in fashion. They don’t need to be ironed and they’re appropriate in almost every social situation. Cruisy boyfriend jeans for Saturday morning coffee runs and skinny black jeans for Saturday night activities. Voila!

Marilyn Jean Busted Black $179.95
General Pants
Dr Denim Cropa Cabana White $129

4. Opt for neutral colours.

Bright, bold colours and prints are occasionally welcome in a lazy girl’s closet, but stick to soft tones and neutrals if you want to rest easy knowing everything will go together looking like you had a plan all along.

Breaking Free Jumpsuit in Mocha $75
O'Neill Balance Wrap $89.99
Faux Leather Seam Detail Midi Skirt $42

5. Welcome matchy-matchy outfits with open arms.

Hey, a two-piece twinset solves all your outfit prep problems from the get-go. If you see a matchy-matchy outfit while you're shopping, snap it up.

Lisa Longline Bandeau and Flare co-ord set $40
Adore You Set in Black Print $75

6. Rid yourself of the clothes you don’t actually wear.

Pull every piece of clothing out of your wardrobe and get serious about what you wear. Make a charity pile (or find a space where you can pack them away) and put aside the things you haven’t worn in months. A closet clearout makes it easy to find your everyday essentials.

Sass Chambray Sleeveless Dress $89.95
Selected Mema Shirt with Spot Cuffs $95.00
Betty Basics Charlotte Wrap Skirt $29.95

7. Introduce silk PJs to your wardrobe.

This is a total trend right now. Buy a silk pyjama set (a light pinstripe or midnight navy makes the top of the list) that you can rock to the store by throwing a knit over the top. Long pants, shorty shorts or a silk cami slip are all approved. Chic sleepwear just became the most versatile addition to your wardrobe. #Cute.

Homebodii Short PJ Piping set $79
Monki Oversized Pyjama Night Shirt $64.00
Alexis Lace Trim Nightie $59

8. Update your sporty fit kit.

OK, this one is obvious. Rocking your activewear (or athleisure, as some like to call it) 'round the weekend clock is a no brainer for lazy girl’s everywhere. From yoga to brunch, no questions asked.

Nikki Sports Bra $66.99
Lorna Jane
L'Urve Jungle Fever Splice Leggings $129
Circuit Tech Hoody $160
Sweaty Betty

9. Ensure you have a hot go-to dress (or two).

Sometimes you do need an eye-catcher to head out in, but by having one or two dresses that are guaranteed winners and ready to go, you can rest easy knowing you have a backup plan when all else fails.

Cooper St Exclusive - Walk the Edge Strapless Dre...
Walking Magic Dress $85
Princess Polly
Darcie Arcie A-Line Lace Detail Dress $119.99
Forever New

10. Invest in your wear-everywhere bag.

Cut decision-making time down each day by having a bag that goes with everything. Stick to neutral tones (light blush, beige, caramel) or black. These are easy to blend in with your existing neutral colours as well as being easily matched to statement items in your wardrobe.

Oroton Crescent Messenger Bag $347.50
Grafea Micro Duffle Bag in White Leather $81.00
Rebecca Minkoff Avery Cross-Body Bag $251.67

Top retailers to bookmark for your next shopping spree:

Your quick guide to retailers offering free delivery:

Most of the retailers mentioned above (as well as a few others listed below) offer free shipping when you spend over a certain amount. It doesn’t get much better than that!

ASOS: Free shipping on orders over $40 THE ICONIC: Free shipping on orders over $50 BNKR: Free express shipping on orders over $39 Showpo: Free express shipping on orders over $50 Beginning Boutique: Free express shipping on orders over $50 Dotti: Free shipping on orders over $90 Forever New: Free shipping on orders over $50 Shopbop: Free shipping on orders over $100
Surfstitch: Free shipping on orders over $25 Sabo Skirt: Free shipping on orders over $150 Princess Polly: Free express shipping on orders over $50 New Look: Free shipping on orders over £55 Topshop: Free shipping on orders over £100 City Beach: Free shipping on orders over $75 Missguided: Free shipping on orders over $80

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Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and a Contributing Fashion Editor at She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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