8 Trendy Casual Outfits You Can Recreate Within Minutes

by Gizelle Dsouza
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The ever-changing trends have us all buying clothes that lose their charm in a few months if not weeks. As the internet moves from trend to trend, we’re left surrounded by piles of pinks and reds from the Barbie-core and strawberry-girl eras respectively and wondering how to wear the mermaid trend crochet tops. This cycle of viral styles also encourages fast fashion, which is not sustainable for the planet or your wallet.

We’re not saying you stop following trends – we’re already loving Vanilla-core this winter and waiting to see if the rising popularity of ‘butter yellow’ leads to a popcorn-core trend (c’mon internet, do your thing). However, knowing how you can seamlessly style trendy pieces and your existing clothes together for casual outfits can be a game-changer. And we’re here to show you how you can do just that!

High-quality wardrobe essentials are also durable and give you a lot more uses. Let’s leave ‘girl math’ in 2023 along with fast fashion. Scroll on to learn how you can invest in and style wardrobe basics for casual looks that will last you through all the changing trends and seasons.

Solid T-shirt

Gigi Hadid wearing black t-shirts with denim shorts

A good-quality black or white t-shirt is a must-have in every wardrobe as it goes with virtually any bottom and jacket options. For a casual outfit, wear t-shirts with denim and accessorise with layered necklaces and sunglasses. You can customise the look depending on your preferences by going for any solid t-shirt – regular fit, cropped, tanks, or racerbacks. There are many options for bottoms in denim and jorts or jean shorts. Denim joggers are also trending at the moment.

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Solid Shirt

Woman wearing a white shirt with a sweater vest

Oversized shirts can be styled in many ways, making them an important addition to your daily wear wardrobe. For an aesthetic casual outfit, wear sweater vests over solid white shirts and pair them with black cargos or contrast stitch denim. This is a cool outfit for college, work, and even coffee dates and will keep you warm during winter. For the old-money aesthetic, add layered pearl chokers, minimal jewellery, and a tote bag to this outfit. To style it for a casual summer outfit, wear a pleated short skirt and replace the vest with a corset belt.

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Denim Jacket

Kendall Jenner wearing a denim jacket with oversized trousers

Denim jackets have been trending since the 90s and 2024 is no different. From cropped lengths to ripped details and embellishments, a denim jacket is very easy to style and can last forever if you simply follow care instructions. Wear a white t-shirt and denim jacket with baggy bottoms – an outfit you will keep going back to because of how chic and comfy it is. Baggy cargos, parachute pants, and flared trousers are all great options for this look. For accessories, take inspo from Kendall Jenner and add statement earrings, a bag, and a trending cap or hat.

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Floral Dress

Lili Reinhart wearing a dark floral dress with a pastel winter coat

While floral maxis and midis don’t come under the traditional idea of basics, they have been among the top trends for women’s dresses for a while now. They have also jumped to the status of being a summer staple and entered the chat this winter. Lili Reinhart chose a dark floral print – another winter 2024 trend – and wore a pastel coat to make it appropriate for the season. While pastel winter coats have been trending all season, you can also consider other lightweight jackets like bombers and shrugs for casual summer outfits.

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Graphic T-Shirt

 Woman wearing a graphic t-shirt with a midi skirt

Quotes, retro prints, abstract art, stripes, logos, or references from pop culture – graphic t-shirts and sweatshirts help you personalise casual looks. They also offer a great base to show off any statement pieces, like this citrus yellow skirt (‘Cyber Lime,’ an acidic yellow, is expected to trend in Spring 2024). For an evening casual outfit, pair graphic tees with midi-length skirts in top styles such as pleats, ribbed fabrics, polka dots, and sequins. Going for a live music show or concert? Wear tees with designs related to your favourite musicians and bands for the ideal outfit.

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Classy Blazers

 Woman wearing a blazer with co-ord joggers and turtleneck

Blazers have been in the fashion cycle forever and pop culture is proof – Jennifer Aniston in FRIENDS (1994), Blake Lively in Gossip Girl (2007), Priyanka Chopra in Quantico (2015) and Ananya Panday during Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (2023) promotions. Underlayers, bottoms, jewellery, and footwear can change, but a classic black blazer will never go out of style. Wear a trusted black blazer with your co-ord sets for a casual winter outfit that will keep you stylishly warm. You can also wear oversized blazers with crop tops for brunch looks that are sure to turn heads.

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LBD But Comfy

 Jhanvi Kapoor in a black dress

The little black dress has been a party girl must-have for ages as it can be down for casual outfits and always end up looking great. However, classic LBDs sometimes make it hard to breathe in them! This is why wearable and functional pieces, such as t-shirts and bodycon dresses, are preferred over LBDs now. Jhanvi Kapoor shows exactly how a comfy black dress can be worn for simply walking around while still looking your best. Pair these dresses with any type of jacket for an added layer of warmth. If you want more coverage in the winter, you can also opt for sweater dresses for a similar look.

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Knit Cardigan

Woman wearing white cardigan with plaid trousers

This is your sign to buy knit cardigans and create casual yet chic looks that exude ‘main character’ energy. For the IT Girl aesthetic, pair a white knit cardigan with a camisole or t-shirt and plaid trousers in neutral shades. Wear dainty jewellery and ballet flats and keep the makeup natural and dewy. If you love going all-out and prefer vibrant colours, we recommend (and support) printed flared pants for a retro look. If being casual is just not in your fashion vocab, you can also opt for metallic or sequined fabrics with a tucked-in solid cardigan to balance the look.

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