The fashion pendulum is swinging heavily towards a more pared-down approach to dressing this season. Sure, the art of maximalism remains relevant, but there's an overarching sense of bringing it back to the basics for spring with the evolution of wearable pieces throughout the S/S 21 collections (noting trends like reimagined trench coats and modern denim). And thus, the notion of a "make-under" enters the spotlight.
I interpret a "make-under" as a concept that applies strictly to fashion with an emphasis on uncomplicated outfits that are easy to put together with simple, no-fuss pieces. Essentially, effortless and straightforward ensembles that can actually work within a range of people's day-to-day life. Think classic crew-neck sweaters, straight-leg jeans, slouchy blazers and flat boots.
To showcase this 2021 vibe a bit further, I rounded up a bit of visual inspiration below that showcases this more accessible way of dressing. And while you probably own many of the general items that make up each of the fits, I also shopped out iterations for each just in case you're looking to add a few more pieces into your offering.
A slouchy blazer and blue jeans are a modern pairing that always works. Incorporate a very current knit tank as an alternative to a sweater and you're set.
A V-neck knit and trousers are seemingly simple, but tucking the sweater in and adding flat strappy sandals makes the vibe feel especially 2021.
The beauty of a statement midi or maxi style is it requires nothing more than a basic white tank and black boots to look cool.
You can't go wrong with a white tee and jeans. This season, try a muscle tee tucked into straight jeans with loafers for an effortless feel.
A trench coat is timeless yet particularly on-trend right now. While a turtleneck, jeans and ankle boots already have that much-desired pared-down vibe, the addition of the re-imagined trench completes this cool fit.
Yes, simple outfits can involve dresses. Look for volumised silhouettes that are comfy and cool in equal measure. Then, just add your favourite sandals (and socks depending on the weather).
Need an ensemble that's a sophisticated for an important meeting? Don't underestimate the power of a modern blazer and a polished pleated skirt to get the job done.
Denim always resurfaces come spring, and nothing feels fresher than white or ecru tones. What with retro trainers for stylish take on off-duty dressing.
Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends you need to know.
This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.