I'm a Stylist—These Are the Outfit Ideas I Plan on Copying in 2023

Ever stood in front of your wardrobe staring blankly at it waiting for inspiration? Me too, and I’m a stylist. You’d think putting outfits together would always come easily to me since it’s my job, but the truth is we can all feel a little uninspired by our own closets. That’s why every so often, I like to look to the coolest people I know for some much-needed styling ideas and compile a handy catalogue of easy looks I love that are super simple to re-create, even when I’m running late in the mornings.


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Small styling hacks can make all the difference.

And truly, there’s no better time to do this than at the start of the year, with spring on the horizon. As we look ahead to the rest of 2023, it can help us relish in our wardrobes again, rediscovering what we already have and what might be good to invest in. I know how easy it is to let your once-exciting buys blend into the back of your wardrobe after a number of wears. But finding new ways to style them together or adding in just one fresh new item can breathe life into them and extend their use for at least another year. 

That’s the best part about these 17 looks—they probably involve pieces you already have. It’s really all about subtle styling tricks or an unexpected pairing that can instantly modernise your look. A lot of them involve clever layering because there's nothing that elevates simple basics like it. Some show ways to incorporate 2023’s more difficult trends, like bold pops of colour or leather accents, into your wardrobes easily. And if you do find there are gaps in your own collection, we’ve added in shopping inspiration below too. 

Keep scrolling to see and shop 17 new styling ideas that I, for one, plan on copying in 2023 and beyond.

1. Leather Bomber + Denim Skirt + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: A smart wool coat teamed with wide-leg trousers paired looks polished every time.

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2. Ribbed Dress + Bomber Jacket


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Style Notes: Try a tonal pairing, like Charlotte Kuhrt, with one of this season's trending colours.

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3. Straight-Leg Jeans + Heeled Pumps


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Style Notes: A simple but elevated combination for everyday wear.

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4. Double Denim + Loafers


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Style Notes: I live in denim, so it makes sense to double it up. Loafers give the Canadian tuxedo a laid-back yet classy spin.

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5. Cape + Flats


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Style Notes: Capes are so elegant, especially when worn with this Parisian-approved footwear choice.

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6. Oversized Shirt + Slip Skirt


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Style Notes: A relaxed shirt is a great way to make your silky skirts feel more casual. Add a blazer for added warmth.

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7. Leather Blazer + Maxi Dress


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Top-to-toe noir? Sign me up. 

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8. Cream Coat + Platform Boots


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Style Notes: Thick-soled boots will instantly toughen up your cream coat and knitted midi dress look.

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9. Cable Knit + Mini Skirt


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Style Notes: Mini hemlines are in—make your short skirt cold weather-appropriate with a chunky cable-knit jumper.

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10. Leather Midi + Sock Boots


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Style Notes: Right now, fashion people are very into leather in all shapes and forms.

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11. Cardigan + Check-Print Trousers


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Style Notes: Throw a trench over this outfit for weekend brunches. 

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12. Knitted Dress + Leather Trench


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Style Notes: This outfit says relaxed but still cool and on-trend.

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13. Matchy Matchy


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Style Notes: Style two items of similar tones together will make you look like you put a lot of effort into your look.

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14. Cargo Pants + Court Shoes


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Style Notes: Boyish cargos and pointed heels is a juxtaposition I can get behind.

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15. Hoodie + Tailored Trousers


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Style Notes: Hoodies not only are comfy but go surprisingly really well with loosely tailored trousers.

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16. Shearling Jacket + Turtleneck


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Style Notes: Shearling is having a moment. Opt for a jacket with wide lapels to show off your turtleneck.

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17. Belted Blazer + Baggy Jeans


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Style Notes: This is such a chic transitional outfit. 

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Up Next: Spring/Summer 2023 Trends: The 21 Looks You Need to Know About

This story was published at an earlier datet and has since been updated. 

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.