Good weekend plans involve brunch. Some might argue the best part of Saturday and Sunday is that you can sleep in or make it to a workout class on time. But we think the best thing about those two restful days is that you have time for more than just a typical grab-and-go pastry and coffee. And unlike dinner or date-night fits, the best brunch outfits don’t have to feel like a chore at all.
Comfort is key—this is the weekend we’re talking about—so it’s best to rely on wardrobe staples that can transform those so-called boring basics into a look. An oversized blazer, for example, instantly adds polish to your favourite sports bra and leggings set, post-workout. And fluid pinstripe trouser pants can easily elevate a hoodie you slept in overnight. The simplest piece can really add depth to the laziest of outfits, leaving you feeling put together for what really matters: gossip shared over mimosas and ricotta pancakes.
Below, we’ve compiled 20 of the best looks we use as brunch fit inspiration all year, taken straight from the street-style set.
Sweat It Out
Dress up a sweatshirt with wide-leg pants and statement baubles for a fresh look that is pulled together but doesn’t feel like you tried too hard.
It’s a Cinch
A belted trench instantly adds polish for a weekend brunch date. We love a modern take in faux leather, styled over your favourite T-shirt, jeans, and sneaker combo.
There is something so refreshing about a vibrant argyle knit. Let a punchy print be your outfit’s focal point, and pair it with simple accessories for a relaxed, off-duty feel.
Dress down an oversized blazer with socks, leggings, and sneakers. Effortlessness at its finest.
Ditch the Jeans
Whether you’re headed somewhere casual or not, sub out the jeans for a pair of leather trousers. They’ll make an outfit that feels chill but not at all boring.
Whether your brunch involves football or not, a sport-inspired knit polo top is a winning look. Keep the easy weekend vibe going by styling it with sneakers and sunnies.
Put a Scarf on It
A scarf is one of the most versatile items in any wardrobe. Amp up the ’60s vibe by tying a printed one around your neck for a groovy, rock-star feel.
Add a Cap
Ground a look—or simply hide bedhead—with a baseball cap for that relaxed weekend touch.
Go to Oxford
Dress down a stuffy oxford shirt by leaving it unbuttoned over a T-shirt or tank top—then pair it with loose-fitting trousers, jeans, or a comfy pair of shorts. Instant cool vibes achieved.
Forget jeans and sweats. A knitted dress is just as comfortable but adds a certain elevation when you make your entrance at brunch.
Whether you’re repping your favourite team or looking for a playful spin on sportswear, rework a jersey-style T-shirt with a denim midi.
In the Nudes
When all else fails, a cosy camel moment should be your go-to. Whether styled as a sweater set or worn alone, a nude cardigan goes with everything from jeans to trousers.
Lady Who Brunches
Brunch isn’t always a casual catch-—sometimes it means bridal and baby showers. For a more formal affair, lean into a ladylike, full skirt when the dress code calls for something a bit more dressed up.
Break Out the Bomber
Lazy brunch outfits can be transformed with the help of a leather bomber jacket. It will add an instant hit of sophistication to all your best basics.
Make It a Mini
A skirt on the weekend feels more casual when paired with a T-shirt and chunky knit sweater. Opt for flat shoes, whether that means a Chelsea boot or a dainty ballerina.
Pretty in Pink
No matter the season, pale pink knitwear brings a certain softness to any look. In the spring and summer, pair with white tanks and denim, and come fall, mix in some corduroy for added texture.
Boardroom vibes, begone. Brunch calls for pairings like this cutout camisole top and perfectly draped over-the-shoulder sweater—cute and classy.
Denim to the Maxi
The model-off-duty look transcends straight to effortless, weekend brunch looks when you take a denim maxi skirt and style with casual, knee-high boots and an off-the-shoulder knitted top.
A menswear-inspired look with oversized proportions feels both modern and elevated when paired with the basics: a fluid button-down, jeans or trousers, and a chunky shoe.
Athleisure for the Win
If you’re headed to brunch straight from a workout, it’s possible to dress appropriately for both, if you have a flared legging. Just add an oversized striped knit and no one will know you were just sweating it out at Pilates.
This piece originally appeared in Harper's Bazaar US.