14 Outfits You Can Re-Create With Classic Pieces You Already Own

Here at Who What Wear UK, we know how much you, our lovely readers, love a bit of fashion escapism, advice on investment buys and updates on the latest and greatest runway trends. But it's not always the most useful—often it's the more realistic, affordable—outfit ideas that hit the mark more pertinently. And in recent times, with everyone understandably tightening their purse strings a little more, one of the requests we get a lot is about how to shop your own wardrobes without spending a penny. Well, you ask, and it shall be given.

We know just as well how easy it is to become apathetic to those old faithfuls that have been hanging in your wardrobe for years. Once they've lost the shiny appeal of newness, they can fade into the background and become part of the sartorial wallpaper. However, in our experience, all these items need is a little recontextualising, something to take them out of their stagnancy and reinvigorate them with a newfound appeal. Trust us—even the most run-of-the-mill basics can look fresh with the right styling.

I did a bit of digging and found 14 outfits in particular that I'm going to be re-creating this year with items I already have in my wardrobe. I have purposefully stuck to simple pairings so you can easily adapt to your own wardrobes and added links below in case you're missing the odd piece and feeling inspired. Really, it's all about being creative and trying out new combinations. Highlights include easy double denim, a simple top-and-skirt duo, chic co-ords and smart-casual tailoring. Scroll down to see my full edit.

1. Cardigan + Wide-Leg Trousers + Tiger-Print Boots

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I love the cute tie details on this cardigan. 

A chic change from traditional black tailoring. 

2. Printed Top + Midi Skirt + Belted Jumper

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Second-skin tops are trending hard this spring. 

& Other Stories’ best-selling knit now comes in classic camel. 

3. Double Denim + Trainers

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Wear this open over minidresses as a cool cover-up alternative. 

‘70s-style denim is in right now, and these patch-pocket, flare jeans fit the bill. 

Black trainers will add a cool edge to any look. 


How this coat is still in stock is beyond me. 

Leggings that work just as well outside of the gym as in. 

Traditional tassels keep cropping up on loafers this spring. 

5. Coat + Knit Dress + Chunky Boots

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I’ve got a soft spot for ride coats. 

The v-neckline and polo collar help bring this knitted dressing springtime territory. 

Chunky boots? They’re still a pretty big deal. 

6. Cardigan + High-Waist Trousers + Hoop Earrings

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The cardigan every fashion person owns. 

You might want to consider adding a pair of gold hoops to your jewellery repertoire. 

I own these in black and this cream hue, and think they look so sleek. 

7. Jeans + Blazer + White Tee + Sneakers

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The blazer I’ve had on my wish list for six months. 

My colleagues always rave about COS denim. 

8. Monochrome Blouse + Monochrome Skirt + Black Boots

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This is collar perfection. 

Black polkadots set against white always feel more springlike. 

9. Printed Dress + Headband + Hoop Earrings

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Cottagecore called—it thinks you need this dress. 

Dress up any outfit with a padded headband. 

10. Oversized Knit + Flared Jeans + Statement Belt

Oversize and easy to style, this is the perfect spring knit. 

11. Knitted Co-Ord + Shoulder Bag + Mules

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No, I’m not over knitted co-ords yet. 

This lilac colour-way feels so fresh. 

12. Roll-Neck Knit + Check Trousers + Chunky Boots

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Because those April showers are inevitably on the way. 

13. Minidress + Knee-High Boots + Cute Bag

I adore this shade of cornflower blue. 

Try wearing these boots with your summery dresses to make them work for now. 

14. Knitted Vest + Shirt Dress + Patterned Tights

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Doesn’t this look great worn on its own? 

Simple but versatile, you’ll get so much wear out of a premium white shirt. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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