What is it about easy outfit ideas that makes them just so hard to come by? Perhaps it’s when we get swayed by trends or simply have too many options in a bursting wardrobe to think clearly. (See our ways to clear out a wardrobe if you’re really struggling on this point.) Either way, we all have those days when getting dressed is a chore. And right now calls for the easiest outfits to avoid a sweat-inducing panic before the day even begins. You know, the low-maintenance dresses that only require well-chosen boots to be complete. Or the throw-on two-piece that is comfortable to wear and effortlessly versatile with an accessory switch. Although these pieces need little introduction, each season, there are new recipes for success when it comes to creating the perfect look.
So rather than getting in a tizzy, our team has decided to compile a list of easy outfit ideas for us to all reference in the future—and we’d very much like to share them with you. They are the foolproof looks that work without being too much of a challenge or causing morning hysteria.
So the next time you’re entirely bored of your closet, just revisit the looks below and see what you’ve got to play with. Should your rails be lacking in a particular area and you’d like to remedy it, we’ve also found the perfect shopping options to re-create these influencer-approved outfits. Because we’re all about making your life easier.
Style Notes: Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a pretty top worn with plain jeans and a trusty pair of heels. Works for day or night.
The ideal accompaniment to straight-leg jeans.
Style Notes: Denim dresses are often overlooked, but they’re a year-round staple that requires little to no styling to look pulled-together.
Style Notes: On the days when my looks feel a little lacking, I grab a shoulder bag and voilà—instant polish.
Doesn’t this look designer?
Style Notes: Cardigans are continuing to trend this year, and I’ve noticed more and more fashion types wearing longline iterations. A small update that packs a big style hit.
Wear on its own as a dress or over trousers for a cool layered look.
Style Notes: This is the kind of trusty look you can pull out on any given day during any time of year and feel timeless in.
You’ll get so much wear out of this versatile midi.
Style Notes: Is there any outfit that can’t be improved by the addition of an oversized blazer? We (we being Jessica Skye and me) think not.
Introducing the colour of the year—periwinkle.
Style Notes: Layering is key at this point in the year, and I’ve noticed lots of influencers incorporating knitted bra tops into their looks.
This was made to be worn with high-waisted tailored trousers.
Style Notes: The preppy look is tricky to master—at least, it is if you want to make it look grown-up—but María Bernad makes it easy with her tartan miniskirt, knee boots and boxy blazer.
An excellent high-street find.
Style Notes: Co-ords are the instant outfit you should never be without. In the winter, they’re great in knitted fabrics, but I also love the relaxed suiting that’s coming through as the two-piece to know.
The only thing better than a chic oversized blazer?
A chic blazer that has matching trousers, probably.
Style Notes: Love dressing to a theme? Then take your cue from Paula Sutton in this adorable vintage-esque look you can wear to every upcoming occasion.
Add your own collared blouse if you like the cottagecore look.
Style Notes: I know it’s obvious, but sometimes the plainest and most understated outfits really are the best. Look for the perfect fit in your jeans and tee. Then you can accessorise however you want.
Our editors constantly rave about these jeans.
Style Notes: Knitted dresses are a winter style staple, but if yours are beginning to feel fatigued, the addition of a chain belt will give them some pizzazz.
The easiest way to update any basic dress.
Style Notes: This is especially effective when you need to get ready in a hurry. Pull on a loose-fit shirt, and pair it with some tailored chinos. Easy.
Pink shirts are trending right now—grab this style in a few sizes up.
Style Notes: Leather outerwear is a big deal this season, and Javi finds the perfect way to shift her shirt: with a bra top and trending baggy jeans.
The ultimate springtime cover-up.
Style Notes: Look like you’ve put all the effort into styling your outfit by wearing a pair of bold earrings with your most directional top, just like Elif did.
Elevate your basic jersey tops with these showstoppers.
Style Notes: It’s the kind of simple combination you could easily overlook, but you’ll never be let down by a smart shirt dress and city-ready sneaks.
Fashion people continue to be obsessed with Vejas.
Style Notes: Trench coats are the cornerstone of every good winter wardrobe, but if your classic beige numbers aren’t hitting the style mark, switch in one with a vinyl finish.
I own a vinyl coat and always get so many compliments when I wear it.
Style Notes: Black tops with simple cut-outs keep cropping up on the ’gram and in new-in sections. Wear yours with black trousers or jeans like Chrissy Rutherford did for a look that’s, yes, simple but also fashionable.
I don’t have any tops like this currently in my wardrobe—perhaps it’s time to rectify that.
Style Notes: If dresses make up the majority of your wardrobe, make them feel all the more laid-back by simply adding a pair of cowboy boots, which just so happen to be one of the biggest boot trends of the past few seasons.
The dream cowboy boots.
Style Notes: Want to wear that short hemline but want to wear it to work? Add a longer-line blazer, and you’ll feel instantly more demure.
Wear this longline blazer with miniskirts to mimic the 2022 runways.
Style Notes: I’m all about accessory updates that make a big impact, and right now, I’m predicting scarves are going to make a resounding comeback. Just look at how cute Karina looks wearing hers.
An effective way to give your darker tops a new lease of life.
Style Notes: Last year was dominated by beige, and this year has followed suit. Seek out every possible shade you can, wear them together and add a smattering of gold and pearl jewellery. Done.
You’ll never regret investing in pearl earrings.
Style Notes: Marissa Cox knows that a surefire way to give every outfit a cool edge is by layering an oversized denim jacket over the top. Particularly when you’re layering it over leopard print.
Buy this jacket a size up.
Style Notes: One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a fun printed top, and a thin, second-skin style is ideal for when the weather is on our side.
Second-skin tops are sticking around for 2022 thanks to the Y2K aesthetic.
Style Notes: Chances are you have a few checked pieces in your wardrobe, but do you ever wear them together? No? Let’s change that.
Dress these trousers down with chunky boots or Nike kicks.
Style Notes: Knitted vests are still all the rage this winter. Make like Naaomi Ross, and elevate yours with a white shirt and wide, tailored trousers.
Sleeveless vests make for a great layering option for under tighter-fitting coats and blazers.
Style Notes: Monikh Dale knows how to create fresh-looking ensembles with the pieces she already has in her wardrobe, and this shacket look is one we want to re-create immediately.
Wear this with ripped denim and Dr. Martens to achieve the grunge look that’s everywhere on TikTok.
Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends you need to know.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.