7 Anti-Trend Outfits People in London, Paris and Stockholm Are Wearing Right Now

In a world where can trends are born in an instant and can die just as quickly, it's little wonder that the term "anti-trend" has become so appealing. As editors, we naturally thrive on keeping up to date with the latest looks and predicting what will make our wardrobes feel current for the season ahead, but there will always be something to be said for a timeless aesthetic that transcends the ebb and flow of passing fashion moments. That's where anti-trend outfits come in.

Anti-trend outfits offer a refreshing departure from the constant cycle of "What's next?". What I find most interesting is how the classic pieces that come together in an anti-trend outfit also coexist quite harmoniously with any statement, personality-flaunting items you fall for along the way. In my opinion, a well-rounded wardrobe will boast pieces from each of these categories, and by incorporating these elements into your wardrobe, you'll have the ability to create polished looks with ease and unlock a multitude of new outfit combinations.

Whilst they can provide the perfect backdrop to bolder clothing choices, anti-trend items also work beautifully when worn together, and the next seven outfits from some of my favourite influencers are a testament to this. These looks, which come via Instagram from London, ParisStockholm and New York, are outfits you can throw on at whim and know you’re still going to look stylish. They all utilise basics such as jeans, shirts and simple dresses in a mostly neutral colour palette for optimum versatility. 

Continue on to see the anti-trend outfits we’re keeping on standby for the weeks and months ahead.

1. Trench Coat + Ballet Flats


(Image credit: @michellelin.lin)

Style Notes: Trench coats have enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past few seasons, but rest assured, styles like Michelle's light beige iteration will never feel passé, especially when worn with black trousers and ballet flats.

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2. Knitted Dress + Crossbody Bag


(Image credit: @femmeblk)

Style Notes: In cities like Stockholm where Lydia Tsegay (pictured) resides, the temperature is akin to what we experience in Britain, so a knitted dress is something you can throw on when there's a slight bite in the air. Wear it with classic accessories. 

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3. Wool Jacket + Tailored Trousers


(Image credit: @symphonyofsilk)

Style Notes: An anti-trend outfit doesn't need to revolve solely around neutral colours, but it certainly makes an ensemble look more expensive if it does. Case in point: Lorna Humphrey's chic grey and beige jacket-and-trousers pairing. 

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4. Jersey Top + Jeans


(Image credit: @sylviemus_)

Style Notes: Outfits don't get more anti-trend than blue jeans and a simple jersey top. Far from boring, add details such as a thick leather belt or a sleek shoulder bag to personalise your attire, just as Sylvie Mus has done here. 

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6. Relaxed Knit + Tall Boots


(Image credit: @nnennaecham)

Style Notes: Right now, relaxed-fit knitwear is the preferred layering choice among the fashion set, and the slouchy silhouette is ideal for dressing down evening staples. Take the mini skirt, for example—pairing it with knee-high boots and bare legs, Nnenna proves it can still feel daytime-appropriate.

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5. Shirt + Smart Trousers


(Image credit: @dawn.tan)

Style Notes: A white shirt and black trousers might be reminiscent of your school uniform, but layered with more directional pieces, such as a grey racer vest, statement sunglasses and loafers, there's absolutely nothing juvenile about this elevated get-up. 

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7. Long Skirt + Trainers


(Image credit: @bubblyaquarius)

Style Notes: Every time I open Instagram lately, someone is rocking a jumper-and-long-skirt outfit, usually with trainers. There's something about this formula that feels elevated and effortless, but it's understated enough to avoid going out of style.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. 

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.