10 Perfect Outfits You Can Create With Just the Basics

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Not to play favorites, but basics are low-key the best things in my closet. If you ran into me on the street, there's a 90% chance that the outfit I'm wearing consists of only basics. After all, these staples more or less anchor my looks and have a keen ability to be easily mixed and matched with those more trendy pieces that pop up each season. While I love a more trend-driven item, I'm in a long-term relationship with my basics. So today, I'm skipping over those buzzier trends to discuss the outfit perfection that can happen when you pair a few elevated basics together in a forward way. Because, really, sometimes all you need to create an A+ fall 'fit are the classics, so let's go back to the basics, shall we?

Here, I’m talking about pairings like a timeless denim shirt and of-the-moment western boots or classic trousers with a trendier sweater vest. To showcase all of this further, I’m highlighting how fashion people are wearing some of my favorite outfit combos below. Keep scrolling for more. You’ll also find a smattering of inspired shopping picks in case you’re looking to add something fresh into your rotation.

1. Quarter-Zip Sweater + Leggings + Loafers

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Since I know you might have been in need of some fresh styling ideas for your leggings. A quarter-zip sweater, especially a varsity-inspired striped one, is the perfect update for plain black leggings.

2. Denim Shirt + Jeans + Ankle Boots

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We all have some double denim ensembles we pull out of our closets, don't we? Pair yours with western-inspired boots for a classic, but of-the-moment, take.

3. Racer Tank + Slip Skirt + Chunky Knit

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Slip skirts are easily one of our all-time wardrobe MVPs—there's nothing more versatile. Build a simple look around yours by pairing it with a ribbed tank and ankle boots. A chunky sweater is an easy addition if you need another layer and we love the effortless way Sylvie tied hers.

4. Sweater-Vest + Relaxed Jeans + Chunky Boots

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Instead of jeans and a tee, try a sweater vest as a top. It's just as straightforward but looks so much more current for the season. Extra points if you pair it with relaxed denim.

5. Blazer + Turtleneck + Belt + Flare Jeans

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Jeans and a blazer—nothing new to see here. Transform the classic combo by belting the blazer to create a structured silhouette.

6. Trench Coat + Tank + Loose Trousers + Sneakers

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Fall 2021 is all about relaxed tailoring. Try this comfy outfit consisting of wide-leg trousers and a trench coat when your sweats just aren't cutting it for a quick coffee run.

7. Crew-Neck + Miniskirt + Socks + Loafers

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Loafers, socks, and crewneck sweatshirts may be plain basics on their own, but combine them with a pleated mini skirt and it gives the ultimate prep-school vibe.

8. T-Shirt + Sweater-Vest + Loose Trousers + Clogs

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If we can't shut up about sweater vests right now, it's for good reason. They just add such a fresh spin to basic outfits. We love wearing one over a boxy T-shirt with trousers like so.

9. Blazer + Bright Knit + Straight Jeans + Loafers

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Another can't-go-wrong ensemble with jeans and a blazer. Add some color into the mix when you layer the blazer over a bright sweater.