I Can't Think of Anything More Elegant Than These 12 Spring Outfit Ideas

@hannamw wearing a gray poplin shirt tucked into belted gray jeans with white shoes and a Dior bag.

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With the mile signs on the highway to spring counting down faster and faster with each passing day, it's time to stop talking about warm-weather outfit planning and actually start doing it. For me, such a process has to always start with one thing, a theme, aka the vibe I'm hoping to achieve from mid-March, when spring officially kicks off, until summer. And after some soul-searching and even more Instagram scrolling, I've picked mine: elegance.

To get into the spring frame of mind, I set aside a few hours earlier this week to start researching outfit ideas that align with my mission of looking utterly elegant throughout the season ahead. And since I'm well aware of the fact that my fashion goals for 2024 aren't exactly groundbreaking, I thought I'd go ahead and share my findings in case anyone's interested but doesn't have quite as much designated outfit-ideating time in the week as I do.

Scroll down to discover 12 elegant spring outfits that I'll be channeling when warmer days finally arrive.

@anoukyve wearing a black jacket with a white T-shirt, brown jeans, and a brown Hermès Birkin bag.

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What you'll need: Black blazer or jacket + white T-shirt + brown jeans + kitten-heel pumps

Don't worry—you don't need a Birkin to dress as elegantly as Anouk this spring (although it definitely wouldn't hurt). A neutral color palette of browns, white, and black on sleek silhouettes will more than do the trick.

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@sylviemus_ wearing a white button-down shirt and denim skirt with black boots.

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What you'll need: White button-down shirt + denim midi skirt + black knee-high boots

Though I wouldn't describe the micro-mini denim skirts that dominated the Y2K era as elegant per se, the longer, darker-wash versions that are popping up everywhere this year absolutely fall into that category.

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@lefevrediary wearing a cream jacket-and-skirt set with a white tank top and white shoes.

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What you'll need: Cream blazer + white tank top + cream maxi skirt

Sometimes, it's the simplest looks that pack the most punch. By keeping the color palette minimal and adding silky textures, this easy outfit came out extremely luxe.

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@iliridakrasniqi wearing a black bodysuit with a white maxi skirt and white sandals.

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What you'll need: Black halter top + white maxi column skirt + strappy black sandals

Once the temperatures start to warm up and you no longer need a jacket on nights out, the opportunity to wear fun necklines and open-back tops arises.

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@kristenmarienichols wearing a long-line vest with jeans and strappy sandals.

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What you'll need: Long-line vest + dark-wash jeans + strappy sandals

I don't know about you, but whenever I don't know what to wear, I put on a tailored waistcoat and know that whatever it's paired with, the duo will be chic. That's probably why I own about a dozen of them in various colors, fabrics, and silhouettes.

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@elizagracehuber wearing a green, patterned blazer and white jeans with a black bag.

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What you'll need: Statement cropped blazer + off-white jeans + black heels

Whether you opt for a vintage option or find something new, a statement jacket in velvet, linen, or satin will never disappoint, especially when you keep the rest of the outfit fairly low-key, allowing your outerwear to step up as the centerpiece of the look.

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@tylynnnguyen wearing a white suit with a matching sheer henley shirt.

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What you'll need: White suit + white henley shirt

As long as you can keep yourself from spilling anything on it, a white suit is guaranteed to look elegant no matter where you're going or what it's paired with, though this look on TyLynn is making a strong case for keeping the color palette going with a sheer, white henley.

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@hannamw wearing a gray poplin shirt tucked into belted gray jeans with white shoes and a Dior bag.

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What you'll need: Gray button-down shirt + gray jeans + classic belt + ballet flats

No matter the season, I'll always say that an all-gray color palette is the most luxurious one. Blame Prada. And nowhere is that proven better than in this look of Hanna wearing a gray button-down shirt tucked into gray jeans and offset with white ballet flats.

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Sasha Mei wearing a red sweater, white shorts, and ballet flats.

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What you'll need: Red sweater + white shorts + ballet flats + suede bag

For those days when you just can't put on something tailored or fitted, a simple pair of white, drawstring shorts and a red cashmere sweater will more than do in the elegance department. Just add ballet flats and a suede bag.

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@cortnebonilla wearing a linen blazer, black shirt, and silky black pants.

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What you'll need: Linen blazer + black button-down shirt + silky black pants

Lightweight layering is one of the surest ways to achieve an elegant outfit. Take a cue from Cortne and top a black button-down shirt with an oatmeal-colored linen blazer and add some slinky lounge pants.

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@dawn.tan wearing a gray sweater with a white skirt, black bag, and white heels.

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What you'll need: Gray sweater + white midi skirt + black oversize bag + white pumps

Following Prada's fall/winter 2023 show that heavily featured white skirts of all shapes and sweaters, the combo hasn't left my brain. It's the perfect no-fuss uniform for anyone wanting to achieve an elegant outfit without needing an extensive wardrobe and tons of expensive accessories.

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@daniellejinadu wearing a black suit with a white, open button-down shirt and tank top.

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What you'll need: Black suit + white tank top + white button-down shirt + mules

Elegance is great and all, but you also need a touch of edge to make an outfit feel balanced and complete. That's why this open-shirt concept with a black suit and tank top is so perfect.

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.