8 Spring Outfits That Are the Perfect Combination of Trendy 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 spring 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.

Knit Bra + Cardigan Set

Knit Bra + Cardigan + Loose Jeans + Party Heels

Nope, knit sets aren’t just for lounging. Pair a coordinating bra-and-cardigan duo with trendy loose jeans and pretty heels for a cool approach to the spring knit trend.

Lace-Up Pieces

Racerback Tank + Lace-Up Skirt + Shoulder Bag

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.

Corsets

Corset Top + Straight-Leg Jeans + Strappy Sandals

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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 Pleats

Plissé Top + Relaxed Jeans + Mules

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.

“Dad” Trousers

Relaxed Blazer + Bra Top + Trousers + Slides

Offset the “grandpa” vibes of these loose trousers by swapping a top for a bra top. This all-neutral look may be made up of basics, but it’s anything but boring.

Sweater-Vests

Sweater-Vest + Boxy Tee + Relaxed Jeans

 

Oversize Everything

Trench Coat + Boxy Tee + Trousers + Heeled Sandals

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Going for that oversize-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.

Ribbed Dresses

Ribbed Dress + Structured Blazer + Ankle Boots

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.

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