There’s no doubt we love our tried-and-tested outfit formulas—from fail-safe skinny-jean outfits that always work to dependable ensembles built around basics that will never let you down. But now and then we like to shake things up in our wardrobes with bold statement pieces, interesting ways of layering, unexpected color combinations, contradicting textures, and polarizing pieces that are so wrong, they’re right.
There’s no better place to get inspired by a little sartorial whimsy than Instagram. We did a little Insta-digging ourselves and found a plethora of crazy-cool outfits that are encouraging us to throw out the fashion rule book now and then and celebrate the unpredictable. Scroll below for some our favorite interesting outfit combinations and shop the key pieces to pull off the looks.
A tweed jacket over this season's trending bike shorts, cinched at the waist with a diamanté belt… Oh and a printed neck scarf for good measure? Why not? Maximalism at it's finest.
If you think you need to tone down a statement printed midi skirt with basic pieces, think again! Everything about this smorgasbord of colors, textures, and prints works perfectly.
Well, here's a genius styling trick: Tuck that beige blazer into your jeans. A refreshingly modern way to wear a simple yet striking jeans-and-blazer ensemble.
Man Repeller's, Leandra Medine, describes a dickie as "basically an adult wool bib," which looks rather charming when worn over a white shirt and blazer. Finish the look with a simple pearl necklace. This outfit gives a fresh new meaning to layering.
What's the secret layering trick all fashion girls are doing right now? Loosely draping a sweater (or two) over another sweater of the same hue or over a jacket—instantly adding dimension and interest to an outfit. So easy to emulate and oh so cool.
A fanciful puff sleeve party dress worn with orange dad sneakers? Okay, you twisted our arm!