10 Outfits That Are the Very Definition of "Trendy"

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Assembling trendy outfits is always a priority for fashion types, particularly at the beginning of each new season when you no doubt want your looks to feel fresh. But you needn't spend frivolously to ensure everything you wear is of the moment. Instead, it all comes down to clever styling and pairing certain pieces with one another to help them unlock their full style potential.

Sure, you might feel the need to invest in a couple of new hero buys to breathe a new lease of life into your existing wares, and we certainly won't judge you for doing so. Still, we firmly believe that there are plenty of trendy outfits to be found already hanging in your wardrobe.

To help us illustrate our point, we've found some incredible outside-of-the-box outfits which we think you'll be able to re-create with minimal effort or expenditure for autumn, and that will keep you on the fashion pulse for the foreseeable future.

From the layering technique beloved by confident dressers and the throwback jean style you probably haven't considered wearing since your teen years to the high/low outfit combination that'll give your aesthetic an edge, scroll on to see ten trendy outfits to try this season.

Dress over trousers + statement earrings

Style Notes: As far as layering tricks goes, this has to be the one favourited by fashion types. Wearing a dress over trousers never fails to look trendy, with button-down styles loaning themselves particularly well to the look. Just add a pair of plissé pleat trousers and statement gold earrings to complete the 2021 aesthetic.

Shop the look:

Kai Collective Bea Dress Ginger (£120)

& Other Stories Wide Plissé Pleated Trousers (£35)

Monica Vinader Deia Chunky Hoop Earrings (£150)

Loose jeans + cropped shirt + jumbo tote

Style Notes: Loose-fit denim started doing the rounds back in spring, but for autumn, they're set to dominate the denim agenda. Pair yours with a cropped shirt and a trending jumbo tote.

Shop the look:

Zara Pleated Cropped Shirt (£30)

Weekday Rail Loose-Fit Jeans (£50)

Boys Bobby Soft Suede Tote (£1230)

Check shacket + mini dress + chunky knee boots

Style Notes: A checked shacket and chunky knee boots will ensure every outfit you wear this autumn feels on point. However, wear them with a usually formal black mini dress, and you'll strike the perfect trendy outfit balance.

Shop the look:

Marks & Spencer Checked Fringed Shacket With Wool (£79)

Bec & Bridge Deon Black Mini Dress (£200)

Ganni Knee High Chelsea Boots (£299)

Knitted co-ord

Style Notes: Our appetite for stylish loungewear is still as insatiate as ever, only for autumn, we're getting our fix by way of longline cardigans and coordinating trousers. Elevate the ensemble by accompanying it with your favourite jewellery pieces.

Shop the look:

Missoma Small Charm Necklace (£89)

Free People Ribbed Up Maxi Cardigan (£68)

Free People Abstract Knit Flare Pants (£64)

Clashing monochrome prints

Style Notes: Monochromatic outfits were all over the autumn/winter 2021 runways, though it's Jessica who has given the look a trendy overhaul. We love how she's utilities the palette to clash different prints together to impressive avail.

Shop the look:

Wray Long Lounge Set in Black Check (£150)

Paloma Wool Juanita Rectangular Cow Print Handbag (£185)

Mihara Yasuhiro Baker Original Sole Printed Leather Trainers (£380)

Quilted jacket + leggings + running shoes

Style Notes: If you don't already own a quilted jacket, we suggest rectifying this situation this autumn, as there are going to be plenty of excellent options to choose from. Wear yours with leggings and trending New Balance trainers for a cool athleisure look.

Shop the look:

Veronica Beard Marika Reversible Quilted Jacket (£620)

Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Gym Leggings (£75)

New Balance 452 Trainers (£75)

Statement blouse + leather skirt

Style Notes: Chances are you already own a collared blouse, as they've been trending for about four seasons now. Give it an autumnal overhaul with a leather skirt and boots. Right now, we can't stop thinking about cowboy pairs.

Shop the look:

Uterqüe Printed Shirt With Peter Pan Collar (£90)

Nanuskha Meda Belted Vegan Leather Skirt (£295)

Khaite Dallas Suede Boots (£830)

Knitted vest + Y2K jewellery + wide-leg trousers

Style Notes: What started as a micro trend last autumn is a full-blown look this year. Knitted vests are everywhere right now—we particularly like how Fia has styled hers with a colourful beaded necklace to give it a playful edge.

Shop the look:

Arket Knitted Alpaca Vest (£55)

Éliou Beaded Necklace (£110)

Marks & Spencer Wide Leg Trousers (£25)

Chintzy floral dress + bold bag

Style Notes: Florals aren't just for spring—they're a year-round print staple, usually given a moody update for the cooler months. If you've already consulted our trend report, then you'll know that vintage-style florals are the way to wear them this season, and will ensure you look the trendy part.

Shop the look:

The Vampire's Wife Tiered Floral Dress (£975)

Jw Pei Gabbi Bag in Grass Green (£79)

Arket Mid-Heel Leather Strap Sandals (£150)

Oversize shirt + bra top

Style Notes: Bright, oversized shirts were a key buy this summer, but you needn't stash them away for autumn. Instead, layer them over knitted bra tops (very trendy) and switch out mini hemlines in favour of jeans.

Shop the look:

Frankie Shop Melody Shirt (£105)

Jacquemus Valensole Ribbed Bralette (£105)

Karen Millen Curve City Straight Cut Jean (£48)

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