17 Anti-Trend Fashion-Week Outfits That Stood Out Among a Sea of Peacocks

When hundreds of people are vying for dozens of photographers' attention before and after a show, it's easy to see why attention-grabbing outfits are the norm at fashion weeks across the land. Bold colors, It accessories, prints, trend upon trend, and clashing styles are the street style norm, but I've found there to be a bit of a shift over the past few seasons.

Pared-down, low-key outfits that are polished and chic as opposed to casual are creeping back in, so minimalism lovers can rejoice. Pieces such as trench coats, pleated trousers, nipped-in blazers, black dresses, and straight-leg jeans are standing out among a sea of maximalist outfits (the fashion-week term to define those looks is "peacocking") as of late. 

There's absolutely nothing wrong with peacocking if that suits one's aesthetic, but the difference when it comes to these anti-trend outfits is that they translate seamlessly to real life. Yes, you will spot some trends among the looks I've rounded up below, but they tend to be subtle and are paired with basics instead of other trendy pieces.

With that, keep scrolling to see some of the best standout anti-trend looks from New York, London, Milan, and Paris and shop anti-trend pieces for your own wardrobe.


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This all-black layered look works for practically any occasion.


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The nipped-in blazer with the relaxed trousers here is an excellent example of how to balance out proportions.


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The perfect low-key way to style the denim-on-denim trend.


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This is how to make sneakers and casual wide-leg pants look chic.


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WWW Editor in Chief Kat Collings's tonal look is relaxed and undeniably fashionable.


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Full skirts are an anti-trend trend I'm getting behind.


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A pretty sweater set with trousers and pumps is a French woman's anti-trend uniform.


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Jeans, a jacket, and a tee are the no-fail outfit formula minimalists swear by.


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Monochromatic dressing is always a good idea. Add a cool twist by sprinkling in accessories in contrasting colors.


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Trench coats are an easy way to make any outfit look more polished.


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It goes without saying: All-black outfits will never betray you.


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A long camel coat is a wise investment that'll stay in your wardrobe for years to come (and it's an outfit in itself in this case).


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A black blazer, jeans (or black pants), and black boots are as timeless of an outfit as it gets.


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A trench coat over a suit is the workday outfit you need in your life.


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I love this combination of basics that are dressed up with a pair of pointed-toe pumps.


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White jeans are a year-round staple, as evidenced by this off-duty-model's look.


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A long, flowy skirt with a nipped-in blazer is a look you're about to see everywhere.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.