8 Spring Outfits That Are the Perfect Combination of Cool and Basic

Anna LaPlaca
·4-min read

It's no secret that I go hard for a good trend, but there's also a fine line between tapping into an of-the-moment look and going a little overboard on it. In other words, my approach to trying trends is to avoid wearing them in a way that looks too trendy if you know what I mean, which is why I keep a running list of ways to wear the season's freshest silhouettes that I think are the perfect combination of trendy and basic.

These outfits combine tried-and-true wardrobe staples with trend pieces in an effortless way that honestly has me inspired to recreate them. Since sharing outfit tips is just what I do, I created a fail-safe guide to wearing the hottest spring and summer trends (and ensuring they're not wearing you). To me, the eight outfit formulas below do just that. They feature the basics everyone has in their closets already like racer tanks and oxford shirting while riffing on a few trendier elements, so scroll down to get your fill of outfit inspiration for the season ahead.

The Trend: Knit Bra + Cardigan Set

Nope, knit sets aren't just for lounging. Pair a coordinating bra-and-cardigan duo with loose jeans and pretty heels for a cool approach to the spring knit trend.

Reformation Gisela Cashmere Tank and Cardigan Set (£215)

Ganni + Levi's High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans (£255)

Amina Muaddi Caroline Calf Hair Mules (£610)

Elleme Vague Shoulder Bag (£319)

The Trend: Lace-Up Pieces

Lace-up pieces don't have to be intimidating. Instead of styling the straps around a bare midriff, try layering with a simple tank for an equally eye-catching but much more wearable approach.

Cos Fitted Vest Top (£12)

Hansen and Gretel Mariika Skirt (£228)

Who What Wear Selene Bag (£36)

Fitflop Women's Lulu Leather Toe-Post Sandals (£65)

The Trend: Corsets

Corset tops are a trend that's reaching fever pitch right now, but this styling idea with classic straight-leg jeans and strappy sandals makes the lingerie-inspired piece so wearable.

Asos Design Curve Long Sleeve Corset Top in Blue (£16)

Weekday Lash Extra High Mom Jeans (£40)

Senso Monica Sandals (£107)

The Trend: Plissé Pleats

Fact: plissé fabric makes any basic even more stunning. Instead of a plain oxford shirt, go for a pleated shirt that adds a little something extra to plain jeans.

Nanushka Idris Twist-Front Metallic Plissé-Crepe Shirt (£425)

Agolde Crisscross Jeans (£135)

Song of Style Arrow Heel in Black and White (£142)

Jacquemus Les Lunettes 97 Black Rectangle-Frame Sunglasses (£300)

The Trend: Statement Cardigans

It's not rocket science but it does just work: A lovely spring knit (in pastel hues and cardigan form is rather perfect) with your favourite true blues is easy to throw on but will always look pulled together.

Alexachung Brushed Alpaca-Mix Argyle Cardigan (£275)

& Other Stories Pointelle Knit Floral Embroidery Cardigan (£85)

Hollister Curvy High-Rise Mom Jeans (£42)

Agolde Lana Light Blue Straight-Leg Jeans (£240)

The Trend: Sweater-Vests

The knitted vest continues for yet another year. You can use it in a preppy way, in retro looks or to add a little something layered over spring dresses.

H&M Rib-Knit Sweater Vest (£25)

Mango Plus Size Shirt With Side Buttons (£50)

Ray-Ban Square-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses (£149)

BY FAR Amber Baby Glossed-Leather Tote (£425)

The Trend: Oversized Everything

Going for that oversized-everything look can be tricky, but opting for classic, tailored basics like a great trench coat, boxy tee and trousers ensure the look is lived-in but still polished.

H&M Oversized Trenchcoat (£180)

Arket Heavy-Weight T-Shirt (£49)

Monki Wide Ribbed Trousers (€25)

Manolo Blahnik Jada 70 Black Leather Mules (£550)

The Trend: Ribbed Dresses

Everyday dresses are one of those trendy basics we're seeing a lot of this spring and this simple styling idea is ready to be poached.

& Other Stories Wool Blend Oversized Blazer (£165)

Zara Ribbed Dress (£12)

Manu Atelier Duck Leather Ankle Boots (£444)

Speaking of basics, these are the best classic pieces your money can buy.

This story was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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