9 Chic and Polished Outfits That Will Inspire Your 2024 Aesthetic

After a long winter so far, the weather is just starting to warm up ever so slightly. And the entire Who What Wear team are excited to start dipping our toes into spring/summer 2024's biggest trends.

Now is definitely the time to start building a rotation of sleek transitional looks. But if you're bored by the thought of wearing the same outfits over and over again, fear not. I've searched through social media to find some outfit inspiration that is anything but samey. 

If you're finding the idea of adopting the runway trends overwhelming and are unsure where to start, I've come up with nine entirely more wearable ways to tackle them, so all you have to do is choose your favourite aesthetic and let it inspire the rest of your wardrobe. 

From Emily Wells' take on dressy minimalism to Emili Sindlev's adorable nod to balletcore, keep scrolling to shop the chic influencer-approved outfit ideas we're already re-creating this season and well into 2024.

1. POLISHED MINIMALIST: LONG COAT + JEANS + ANKLE BOOTS

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(Image credit: @emswells)

Style Notes: If there's any trend guaranteed to stand the test of time, it's pared-back minimalism. Quality staples never date, and as this look proves, investing in a good coat, pair of jeans and ankle boots you can wear with anything is a smart idea. You can mix and match the pieces and wear them all for years to come. 

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2. LUXE LOUNGEWEAR: SHEARLING JACKET + LEGGINGS + TRAINERS 

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(Image credit: @carmelharrison_)

Style Notes: If you've been living in shearling all summer and seeking a new way to style it, you've come to the right place. Adding easy leggings and a pair of trainers gives this elevated outerwear a casual spin.

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3. OFF-DUTY PARISIAN: CASHMERE KNIT + SKINNY JEANS + BALLET PUMPS

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(Image credit: @caitlinmiyako)

Style Notes: The French are masters at putting together simple pieces in a way that makes them feel effortlessly chic, and this go-to off-duty look is a case in point. Whilst the rest of us decide on whether to wear straight, wide-leg or barrel jeans, Parisians stay true to the classics and team their slim skinnies with ballet pumps or loafers.

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4. BUSINESS CASUAL: BLAZER + T-SHIRT + MAXI SKIRT

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(Image credit: @styleidealist)

Style Notes: Those familiar with TikTok's 2x2 outfit formula will know just how easy it can make getting ready in the morning. Take Karina's "business casual" look (above); all it requires is two dressy pieces (a blazer and a long skirt) paired with two casual pieces (a white tee and sandals), and you've got a chic outfit that can rise to any occasion. Desk-to-dinner dressing at it's finest. 

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5. BALLETCORE: CARDIGAN + SLIP SKIRT + BALLET FLATS

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(Image credit: @emilisindlev)

Style Notes: I'm going to stop you right here before you rule out balletcore. The name makes it sounds far more literal than it need be, and really, the basic pieces that make up the look might already be in your wardrobe. Cardigans? Check. Slip skirts and dresses? Check. Ballet pumps? More than likely, check. Bonus points if you manage to incorporate pink. 

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6. SOFT TOUCH: MOHAIR KNIT + SUEDE SKIRT + KNEE-HIGH BOOTS

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(Image credit: @anoukyve)

Style Notes: Light knits, smooth suede and glossy leather make up a lot of what we want to wear as we move into spring. Keep warm in tactile fabrics that can be dressed up or stripped down as the sun comes out, and switch your knee-high boots for flats a few weeks down the line.

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7. QUIET LUXURY: CAPE + MIDI SKIRT + TALL BOOTS

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(Image credit: @chiarasatelier)

Style Notes: Whatever you decide to call it, you can't beat the quiet-luxury look for minimal effort, maximum impact. Maxi coats and trenches are the perfect way to style the look for 2024, but for those wanting to get ahead of the crowd, a cape is the key piece I have a feeling we're going to see a lot more of this year. It's opulent and dramatic yet refined—everything we want from the quiet luxury aesthetic—but it's also perfect for those cool but sunny days when a heavy jacket is too much. 

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8. GROWN-UP Y2K: TRENCH COAT + CARGO TROUSERS + TRAINERS

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(Image credit: @monikh)

Style Notes: There's just no escaping the Y2K trend, so rather than avoid it, we've decided to rework it. If you wore cargo trousers the first time around, you probably think of the crop tops and platforms you wore then too, but Monikh Dale's clever trench-and-trainers styling (above) proves just how easy it is to get the look right. Since the bandeau top also made a comeback in 2023, I guess it's only a matter of time until we can expect the halterneck and bolero cardigan to show up, too.

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9. BACK TO SCHOOL: RIBBED DRESS + LOAFERS

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(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Notes: Marilyn's interpretation of varsity prep (above) is another grown-up take on a popular trend. Take school-uniform basics (knits, skirts, socks, loafers and maybe a blazer or two) and give them a dose of luxury by toning down the colour palette and adding premium accessories. It might not be exactly what you'd wear to school, but this look is top of the class. 

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Next Up: The Only Spring/Summer 2024 Fashion Trends I'm Bothered About

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

Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.