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, understandably, where color 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 having to spend an absolute fortune, needing to rework an entire wardrobe, or 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 analyzing outfits—on the streets, within the industry, and now on platforms like IG—and can tell a winning, easy, copyable look when I spot one. So below, you’ll find some spring-ready outfits I’ve recently seen on my feed that tick all of the aforementioned boxes, and none of them could ever be considered boring, basic, or uninspired. Yes, they are all relatively muted in color, 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!