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.
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
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.
2. Crew-Neck + Midi Skirt + Outerwear
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.
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.
3. Sleeveless Turtleneck + Trousers + Heels
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.
Style Notes: It doesn't get easier—or chicer—than this.
4. Slip Dress + Blazer + Heels
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.
Style Notes: Keep it simple, but play around with patterns and textures.
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.
Style Notes: Just add retro trainers for a casual yet pulled-together look.
7. Striped Shirt + Trousers + Sunglasses + Jewelry
Style Notes: Yet again, button-downs prove their versatility. Add trousers, sunglasses, and a watch, and you're ready to go.