8 Low-Key Yet Elegant Outfits Minimalists Will Wear Nonstop In 2024

Putting together an outfit can be a lot of fun, but everyone has mornings when they just don't have the effort to give to it. When such a mood strikes, you need a roster of backup looks to riffle through; those you know you feel (and look) good in every time.

Whether you consider yourself a minimalist or not, sometimes the wisest thing to do is to opt for simplicity. Sure, a white tee and jeans might not seem exciting, but if it's going to get you from A to B while keeping you stylish—yes, this combo will forever be considered stylish—then it's worth leaning on occasionally.

But there are other, less-obvious, outfit formulas I'm keen to share with you. They're just as easy as jeans and a tee, but with a little extra flair that will let those around you know you're clued into the latest fashion. From the addition of a trending shoe to considered splashes of colour, these looks have that ineffable ‘je ne sais quoi’. I'm sure you'll agree—scroll on to see and shop.


1. Black Coat + Loose Jeans + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: A black coat is one of the best sartorial investments you can make. It goes with everything, but it looks especially classic with straight blue jeans.

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2. Neutral Blazer + Knitted Dress + Trainers


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Style Notes: Trying to break your habit of wearing nothing but black? Same. This all-neutrals look is definitely one I'm going to recreate.

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3. Leather Jacket + White Tee + Maxi Skirt


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Style Notes: The quickest way to toughen up a slink slip skirt is by adding a leather jacket. Very rock 'n' roll.

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4. Oversized Jumper + Blue Jeans + Colour-Pop Bag


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Style Notes: Comfy and casual, this is a foolproof combination for running errands or meeting friends for brunch.

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5. Maxi Dress + Shearling Jacket + Heels


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Style Notes: Teddy bear coats continue to be a top outerwear choice, and is such an easy way to elevate a simple black dress.

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6. Leather Trench + Turtleneck + Heeled Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: If you're concerned with keeping up with the trends, a leather trench coat should be top of your to-buy list for 2024. 

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7. White Shirt + Knitted Vest + Puddle Pants


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Style Notes: No, we're still not over knitted vests. Only because we haven't run out of ways to wear them yet—next on the list, this smart-casual ensemble.

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8. Grey Coat + Colourful Jumper + White Jeans


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Style Notes: Grey coats are both current and classic, and they look really chic with every shade under the sun. Of course, a pop of blue (or a similarly good-mood hue) will liven things up.

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

Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor for Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and updated takes on classic designs. 

While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.