Trust Me—These Casual Outfit Ideas Always Work

The best outfits are the ones you can assemble with minimal effort and wear, well, anywhere that doesn’t have a fancy dress code. Although they can sometimes become eclipsed by the high-octane, sparkle-clad looks that populate our feeds, casual outfits deserve the same consideration, attention, and admiration. After all, they’re what the majority of us spend most of our time in, so nailing your casual outfit repertoire isn’t just advisable—it’s integral to honing your desired aesthetic.

If like me, you’re currently feeling as if you have nothing to wear, I went ahead and did a little Instagram scrolling to find the casual outfit ideas to try right now. I deliberately chose looks I figure you should be able to re-create with pieces from your own wardrobe, though admittedly, there are a few of-the-moment items that will help your wares feel current.

From essential jeans-and-T-shirt pairings to some fresh ways to partner up your separates, these are the nine casual outfit ideas to try this weekend (and every weekend that follows).

1. T-Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans + Shoulder Bag


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No casual outfit can quite compete with the simple jeans-and-T-shirt pairing. Never overlook it. 

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2. Jumper + Vest + Printed Skirt


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Give your midi skirts a low-key feel with the addition of a white vest top and a jumper knotted around your shoulders. 

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3. Slip Dress + Flat Sandals + Hair Claw


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Although slip dresses can loan themselves to after-dark styling, I personally prefer them when worn casually with black slider sandals and no-fuss accessories. 

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4. White Shirt + Black Trousers + Sliders


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Black trousers might be typecast as "smart” attire, but with a crop shirt and black leather sliders, they’re made to feel less corporate. 

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5. Bright Vest + Linen Trousers + Chunky Flip-Flops


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It’s summer, so naturally, linen is high on my sartorial agenda. Try breathing new life into a white pair of linen trousers with a vibrant vest top in a trending colour. 

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6. White Dress + Basket Bag + Thong Sandals


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What could be more classic than a white dress and a basket bag for summer? Instead of mules or heels, make your ensemble look the casual-outfit part with a pair of ’90s-style thong sandals. 

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7. Trench Coat + Waist Coat + Jeans


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No longer resigned to being stuffy workwear, tailoring has never been more prevalent than it is now. For day, trying incorporating tailored pieces with denim. 

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8. Denim Skirt + Crop Top + Loafers


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If skirts are more your thing, then you can always rely on a denim mini in lieu of jeans. Paired with a crop top, white socks and loafers, this is a look I’d like to re-create for myself immediately. 

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9. Striped Shirt + Ecru Jeans + Trainers


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Yes, I know—denim features heavily in my suggestions, but with so many ways to wear it, I had to cover the bases. Finally, we have ecru jeans, which always look their best paired with blue-striped shirting. Finish with classic kicks. 

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Next Up: 36 Outfits That Look 10/10 Styled With Trainers

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.