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

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

Knit Bra + Cardigan + Loose Jeans + Party Heels
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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.

Vest + Lace-Up Skirt + Shoulder Bag
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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.

The Trend: Corsets

Corset Top + Straight-Leg Jeans + Strappy Sandals



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.

Plissé Top + Relaxed Jeans + Mules
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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.

The Trend: Statement Cardigans

Statement Cardigan + Your Favourite Jeans
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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.

The Trend: Sweater-Vests

Sweater-Vest + Oxford Shirt + Retro Sunglasses



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.

Trench Coat + Boxy Tee + Trousers + Heeled Sandals
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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.

The Trend: Ribbed Dresses

Ribbed Dress + Structured Blazer + Ankle Boots
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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.

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.

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