8 Easy Spring Outfits That Work Every Single Time

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Trends encourage us to think outside the box when it comes to our personal style—to try new things, be it colours, prints or silhouettes, to keep our fashion fresh. But sometimes, it really does pay to rely on the classics—the looks and pieces that stand the test of time. This is particularly true when you find yourself feeling less than inspired with your wares as we head into the new season.

Just this morning, I stood gazing into my wardrobe, head tilted to one side, wistfully contemplating what I should be wearing now that spring has sprung. In an attempt to get my fashion juices flowing again, I subsequently sat myself down at my laptop and set myself the task of unearthing some chic, classic spring outfits that will make getting dressed an easier endeavour.

Fast-forward a few hours, and I’ve discovered eight classic spring outfits that are elevated yet highly efficient in that they take minimal effort to style. Even better still, I suspect you’ll already own the majority of pieces you’ll need to re-create them with, as none of the items featured feel too trend-specific. Of course, the shopping is there should you need it, but if you take anything from the below, I want it to be a revived excitement for the season ahead.

From pretty dresses to layered basics, all the way to the shirt that’ll breathe new life into your trusty jeans, scroll on to see eight classic spring outfits that work every time.



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Style Notes: When it comes to the British spring uniform, what could be more classic than a blazer? Well, perhaps a trench coat. But on the days you don't want too many layers, use a blazer and shoulder-robed jumper to instantly elevate casual jeans, and then try adding a baseball cap for current styling flair.

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Style Notes: Knitwear is integral to our springtime wares. Make it feel as current as it can by wearing it by way of a trending skirt co-ord.

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Style Notes: 2024 is shaping up to be the year of the shirt, as many fashion people have already bought and begun wearing various bright iterations. For a classic take, look for shirting with vertical stripes—I love how Sasha Mei has paired her green shirt with white jeans for peak outfit freshness.

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Style Notes: Although my head is ready to stay in tights, my heart is already with mini hemlines. I always feel the chill, so instead of jumping right into wearing short skirts with barely-there sandals, I phase myself in gradually, first losing knee-high boots and then finally getting to a point where I’m short skirts with socks and loafers.

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Style Notes: Double denim was a big deal on the spring/summer runways; IRL, don't be afraid to pair different denim hues with one another—the results can be very impressive.

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Style Notes: Spring still calls for layering, and one of my favourite combinations is taking a fluffy knit and styling it with a fluid skirt in the same colour. Colour blocking always looks expensive, and Rebecca makes hers feel all the more seasonally appropriate by transitioning winter whites into light layers for spring.

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Style Notes: We already know that slip skirts have year-round appeal, but my favourite time to wear them is during spring. Wether paired with a T-shirt or a racer vest top, with a sweater wrapped around your shoulders, it doesn’t get chicer (or easier).

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Style Notes: And finally, if you’re ever in any doubt, rest assured that denim and florals will always be in style. The easiest way to wear this hard-working combination is by way of a gilet and floral midi dress, as Claudia Berresford demonstrates.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically 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, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning 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 at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.