It Doesn't Take Much to Look Chic—Just Start With These 7 Simple Items

I often use the word "simple" to help describe my personal style. While I won't shy away from bold accessories or statement shoes, my clothing choices skew on the low-key side. As a result, many of the influencers I follow for inspiration have that minimalist aesthetic. And trust me. One scroll through my saved folder on IG clearly shows that it doesn't take much to look chic. In fact, there are a few easy pieces basically everyone I'm following seems to wear to help create their forward looks.

The items in question are all simple in nature and extremely versatile. But dressing simply doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. The pieces—such as sleek shirting and relaxed tailoring—are in modern cuts to give off that elevated silhouette. Keep scrolling to get a sense of what I mean. You'll notice styling references and shopping picks if you want to add one of the pieces into your own offering. 

1. Oversize Leather Jackets


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The fashion crowd is embracing oversize leather jackets in a major way this season as a cool way to bring dimension to a simple outfit.

2. Relaxed Shirts


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I've highlighted this trendy basic a few times already this season, as it's a go-to of mine. There's just something so easy and elegant about a relaxed shirt.

3. Loose Denim


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You just can't go wrong with a pair of straight-leg or wide-leg jeans for an effortless and always-chic look.

4. Slouchy Blazers


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I couldn't create this list without featuring this tried-and-true forward staple. A blazer in a slouchier cut will make legit any ensemble feel current and chic.

5. Split-Hem Leggings


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When it comes to comfy pieces, leggings with a little something extra (like split hems) reign supreme as a wardrobe enhancer.

6. Longline Outerwear


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Whether it's a wool maxi coat or trench, outerwear in a longline silhouette is the way to go for a polished vibe.

7. Wide-Leg Trousers


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As you can see with many of the items on this list, looser-fitting pieces can often help create those more forward outfits—wide-leg trousers included. The relaxed sweater is also noteworthy here.

Next, check out more basics to consider for the season.

Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.