Which Outfit Makes You Feel Your Best?

Real Simple readers share the looks they love, the ones that give them confidence, comfort, and joy.

Photo by Aaron Dyer

A crisp white shirt, paired with dark jeans and Tory Burch flats. I prefer shirts by Façonnable, Brooks Brothers, and Banana Republic because of their high quality, but I don’t think I have ever met a white shirt I didn’t like.

Lauren Francis
Portland, Oregon


I look forward to Wednesdays and Thursdays, when I put on my painting clothes (various combinations of black stretch pants, sneakers, and old T-shirts) and go to an art studio to practice my craft. I like to think that each swipe of oil paint on my outfit is a merit badge for dedicating myself to something I love.

Randy E. Kraft
New Hyde Park, New York


My soft cotton robe. I love getting out of the shower and wrapping it around myself. There’s just something about the scent of cotton mixed with that freshly showered aroma that makes me feel at ease.

Megan Grabel
Cranford, New Jersey


Bermuda shorts, a sleeveless turquoise button-down shirt, and Mephisto sandals. I’ll wear this on days when I have to achieve the impossible: get two kids to two different schools, teach preschool, volunteer on a political campaign, and attend graduate-school classes. Now, that’s what I call a power suit.

Claudia Lakey
Memphis, Tennessee


My navy toggle coat, fleece-lined snow boots, and a scarf from my sister that has a long, brown wiener dog on it stretched from end to end. The scarf is actually meant for kids, but she saw it and knew I would love it, since I am obsessed with the breed. I wore (and rewore) this outfit during a dead-of-winter trip to New York City. It kept me warm and comfortable while sightseeing.

Shannon Hunnex
Seattle, Washington


Dark bootcut jeans and a black crew-neck T-shirt tied with a leather obi belt. This belt (I’ve accumulated four different colors over the years) adds sophistication to any outfit.

Sally Semegen
Santa Barbara, California


My bright floral off-the-shoulder top that I put on with jeans, heels, and hoop earrings. I wear the outfit, with my hair slicked back, on dates with my husband. It makes me feel sexy and fearless. Oddly enough, my wedding planner, who was also a designer at the time, gave it to me as a gift. There is a lot to be said for color and drama.

Karen Taylor Bass
Valley Stream, New York


Let me put on a pair of Karen Neuberger Capri or shorty pajamas (my favorites are purple and green floral sets) and I feel great. I wear them to do just about anything, except cleaning.

Brenda Tillery Huffman
Evans, Georgia