Sometimes it feels like Instagram is only providing wild, adventurous, trend-smashing outfit ideas, and don't even get me started on TikTok trends. The most visual social media hubs are, perhaps understandably, where colour and print and a bold approach are often rewarded. As a result, it can be hard to track down chic, easy, understated outfits to test for oneself without A) having to spend an absolute fortune, B) needing to rework an entire wardrobe or C) being an ardent minimalist.
So while I'm all here for a crazy print clash, a vibrant hue or a strong silhouette, I also occasionally find myself in the mood for a little respite from the merry-go-round. That's what this story provides. I've spent many years analysing outfits—on the streets, within the industry and now on platforms like IG—and can tell a winning, easy, copy-able look when I spot one. So below you'll find some recent, spring-ready outfits I've seen on my feed that tick all of the aforementioned boxes, and none of them could ever be considered boring or basic or uninspired. Yes, they are all relatively muted in colour, but that is for versatility—many of the get-ups you'll see below can be mixed and matched to great effect. Additionally, I've also highlighted the key item that brings each look together so you can be ultra-focused on building these ideas out for yourself—simple!
1. Over-the-Shoulder Jumper + Tee + Wide-Leg Trousers
Style Notes: The first place I head for grown-up, simple, beautiful outfits? Alexis Foreman's feed! A classic example here of how well-assembled basic pieces can look great. For me, it's all about this artfully slung jumper and the cool shades.
Style Notes: Yes, this is a little more adventurous, but the takeaway is that tonal outfits always look sophisticated. Also, knitted polos are a great alternative to other jumpers if you like your fit to be snug.