7 Simple, Anti-Trend Outfits I'm Going to Rely on This Year

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Lately, I've noticed an uptick in the number of classic outfits landing on the fashion set. I attribute it to the impact two years of lockdowns had on our wardrobes—fewer occasions to wear trendy items and a larger focus on buying great staples and investment pieces. But that isn't to say that trendy fashion is fading away. Micro miniskirts, oversized leather jackets, Y2K style, high-impact colours and a fresh crop of micro-trends are in full force for spring and this winter already.

No matter where you land on the trend-adoption spectrum, though, it's always a great idea to have an array of timeless looks on standby. With a small collection of wardrobe capsule pieces, you can create a number of polished, easy looks that work season after season. It all comes down to some simple styling ideas. Ahead, see the best classic outfits to wear now.

1. Button-Down + Blazer + Jeans + Flats

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Style Notes: These wardrobe staples are the perfect pieces to throw together, no matter where you're headed. Try the outfit with loafers, as spotted here.

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Style Notes: If you prefer ballet flats over loafers, here's another great blazer look to replicate.

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2. Crew-Neck + Midi Skirt + Outerwear

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Style Notes: This midi-skirt outfit feels so fresh, yet I keep seeing it pop up everywhere. It's a great way to style knee-high boots if you're looking for an alternative way to wear them in the colder seasons, but right now I'd pair this look with a strappy sandal. 

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Style Notes: I like the idea of mixing up the outerwear with a trench or a biker jacket—each lends a completely different mood to the look.

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3. Sleeveless Turtleneck + Trousers + Heels

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Style Notes: Sleeveless turtlenecks are having a moment but are the '90s staple that will never go out of style. This look couldn't be simpler or more perfect.

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Style Notes: It doesn't get easier—or chicer—than this.

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4. Slip Dress + Blazer + Heels

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Style Notes: For an evening look, opt for a satin slip dress, and then throw on a blazer and heels to finish the outfit. The jacket adds a great tailoring element to pull it together.

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Style Notes: Keep it simple, but play around with patterns and textures.

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5. Button-Down + Jeans + Retro Trainers

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Style Notes: The styling possibilities of a great button-down are endless, but when in doubt, you can't go wrong reaching for your most-loved jeans.

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Style Notes: Just add retro trainers for a casual yet pulled-together look.

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6. Denim Shirt + Jeans

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Style Notes: Double denim never goes out of style. Pair a denim shirt with jeans, and then add black boots or sandals. 

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Style Notes: How to pull off a comfortable weekend look that still feels intentional.

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7. Striped Shirt + Trousers + Sunglasses + Jewelry

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Style Notes: Yet again, button-downs prove their versatility. Add trousers, sunglasses, and a watch, and you're ready to go.

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Style Notes: A striped top lends a cool preppy vibe to the look.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.