The "Makeunder" Look Matters for Spring—I'll Explain With These 7 Outfits

Bobby Schuessler
·3 min read

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 "makeunder" enters the spotlight.

I interrupt a "makeunder" 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 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 below, 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.

Shop the look:

Reformation Shani Top ($38)

Mango Structured Flowy Suit Jacket ($130)

Levi's Wedgie Straight Leg Crop Jeans ($69)

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.

Shop the look:

H&M Knit Sweater ($19.99)

Mott & Bow Classic Crew Sara Tee ($10)

The Reformation Mason Pant ($178)

Ancient Greek Sandals Anastasia Leather Sandals ($210)

Denim skirts are always popular during spring and summer. 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.

Shop the look:

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tank ($19)

Mango Slit Denim Skir ($60)

Madewell The Carlotta Tall Boot with Extended Calf ($150)

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.

Shop the look:

Le Superbe Le Superbe Mas Muscle Tee in White ($77)

Levi's Ribcage Boot Jeans ($98)

Vagabond Shoemakers Vagabond Alex Loafers ($160)

A trench coat is timeless yet particularly on-trend right now. While a turtleneck, jeans, and booties already have that much-desired pared-down vibe, the addition of the re-imagined trench completes this cool fit.

Shop the look:

H&M Short Turtleneck Top ($10)

ASOS Longline Trench Coat in Stone ($66)

H&M Wide High Jeans ($35)

Mango Squared-Toe Ankle Boots ($40)

Need an ensemble that's a sophisticated for work or an important meeting? Don't underestimate the power of a modern blazer and a polished pleated skirt to get the job done.

Shop the look:

Mango Double-Breasted Structured Blazer ($120)

H&M Knit Turtleneck Sweater ($20)

H&M Pleated Skirt ($40)

Silent D Josie Heel Boots ($140)

A white button-down and pants are a standard ensemble that's always been "in." This spring, try unbuttoning the blouse a bit and swap in flared trousers to keep it elevated and current.

Shop the look:

H&M Oversized Cotton Shirt ($24)

Topshop Peg Leg Suit Pants in Camel ($74)

Manolo Blahnik Maysale Pointed Toe Mule ($745)

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, 12 pretty tops fashion girls are wearing with their jeans this spring.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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