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Last year we spent most of December rocking statement earrings, sparkly headbands and embellished sweaters (plus our trusty fleece sweatpants) for virtual holiday parties and Zoom cocktail hours. And while we’re not quite back to the same jam-packed holiday schedule we were used to pre-pandemic, there are definitely a few more IRL cookie exchanges and in-person meet-ups on our schedules to celebrate the end of 2021. Here are 31 gorgeous outfit ideas to inspire you to dress up from now until we ring in 2022, whether you’re going all out for a Secret Santa fête or just want to look good on your way to pick up gifts at the mall.

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1. Try an Easy Black-and-White Combo

Crisp black and white will always look chic, even if you’re sporting a simple T-shirt and trackpants. (Although it never hurts to add a swipe of berry lipstick.)

Shop similar styles: Madewell scarf ($55); Avec Les Filles coat ($299); Everlane T-shirt ($24); Adidas pants ($70); Converse sneakers ($55)

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2. Add a Hint of Velvet

All-over velvet can feel a bit too fancy for a day at the office or casual drinks with friends, but it is one of our absolute favorite festive fabrics. Compromise by sporting velvet pumps or carrying a velvet clutch rather than breaking out a full velvet maxi dress or suit.

Shop similar styles: Babaton jacket ($198) and pants ($88); Anya Hindmarch clutch ($333; $185); Gianvito Rossi heels ($725)

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3. Get Cozy in a Sweater Dress

This subtly sexy style is the ultimate hybrid of comfortable and dressy. Go simple with a pair of tall boots, like Babba Canales does here, or jazz things up with some spangly jewelry and a pair of pointy-toe flats.

Shop similar styles: J.Crew dress ($128; $115); Sam Edelman boots ($250; $150)

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4. Go All Out With Denim

This is how city girls do cowboy chic: Update a Canadian tuxedo with white ankle boots, a cozy white turtleneck and tiny sunglasses.

Shop similar styles: Levi’s jacket ($98); Naadam sweater ($215); Lucky Brand jeans ($40); Tory Burch bag ($178); Marc Fisher LTD. boots ($189)

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5. Choose Accessories that Pop

Coterie member Coco Bassey’s dusty rose ensemble would look beautiful on its own, but it’s the addition of a colorful, feather-trimmed clutch that really made us fall in love with her outfit. You don’t even need to pick something in a coordinating color, just opt for something special like sequins, feathers or super-bright hues.

Shop similar styles: Vince sweater ($375); J.Crew skirt ($98); Nina bag ($78); Nine West shoes ($89; $70)

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6. Try Sporting a Summer Print

Rock your spring florals with an otherwise seasonally appropriate outfit, like Coterie member Katie Sturino did with a pastel topper and sparkly booties. Those mini buds suddenly have new legs.

Shop similar styles: Apparis coat ($340; $323); ASOS Curve dress ($63); Cuyana bag ($295); Betsy Johnson boots ($149)

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7. Dress Up Simple Joggers

All you need is a sleek, slim-fit turtleneck, an architecturally draped coat and some pointy-toe pumps to make this weekend favorite feel infinitely fancier.

Shop similar styles: Cuyana coat ($345); J.Crew turtleneck ($37); Vuori pants ($84); Calvin Klein heels ($100)

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8. Swap your winter jacket for a cozy vest

Keep your core warm and your arms free to move as they please. You'll really appreciate this tip when you discover your chunkiest sweater sleeves will not fit into any of your coats.

Shop similar styles: Everlane turtleneck ($40); Bernardo vest ($159); Athleta leggings ($98); Tony Bianco boots ($166)

RELATED: 7 Tips for Layering Your Winter Clothes Without Adding Bulk

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Even if all you have planned for the day is a Zoom call with your colleagues, adding a few baubles and gems will help you feel more put together (and make it a little less obvious that you’re still wearing the T-shirt you slept in).

Shop similar styles: Bryan Anthonys necklace ($46; $32); Tini Lux earring ($32); BaubleBar earrings ($38); Sterling Forever necklaces ($90); Missoma earrings ($97; $73) and bracelet ($219; $164); AUrate ring ($120); Monica Vinader necklace ($685; $487)

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10. Match Your Coat to Your Dress

While not exactly monochrome, this two-tone red look is gorgeous and easier to pull off than you might think. Just be sure to pick items made from different fabrics—like faux leather and cashmere, or wool and silk—to make it clear you’re not out to perfectly match your outfit.

Shop similar styles: PrettyLittleThing coat ($135; $56); ASOS Design dress ($75); Aldo boots ($128)

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Liz Teich

11. Swap Plain Leggings for Faux Leather

Even if you keep the rest of your outfit super casual (oversize T-shirt or sweater, simple booties, etc.), faux-leather leggings will give your look an instant upgrade, a tip we learned from Coterie member Liz Teich.

Shop similar styles: BCBGeneration coat ($200; $80); State Cashmere sweater ($120); Commando leggings ($128); Dr. Martens boots ($160)

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12. Wear All-Over Beige Without Looking Boring

Beige gets a bad rap as a “boring” color, but it can actually look incredibly chic. For example, the texture and structural silhouette of this turtleneck sweater gives a particularly luxe vibe, especially when worn with tailored trousers, crisp white kicks and a simple-yet-elegant coordinating handbag.

Shop similar styles: Banana Republic sweater ($249); J.Crew pants ($98); Ree Projects bag ($540); Koio sneakers ($268; $214)

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13. Try a Leather Dress

Leather and faux leather are both surprisingly warm, meaning you can wear something like a leather minidress or pencil skirt and not have to worry about freezing in the chilly December air. (Although we do recommend adding a pair of tights if it’s truly frigid.)

Shop similar styles: ASOS Design dress ($36); Alex Mill blouse ($115; $46); Sheertex tights ($99; $49); Linea Paolo heels ($130)

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14. Pair Sequins with (a tiny bit of) Leopard

Sequins and leopard print are two statement-making details that run the risk of looking pretty overwhelming when worn together. But adding just a hint of one to accent a major splash of the other is just the right balance of quirky and cool.

Shop similar styles: Nordstrom Signature sweater ($279; $168); Free People skirt ($128); Sarah Flint shoes ($485)

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15. Stick to One Color Family

Pick either warm tones (yellows, oranges, reds) or cool ones (blues, purples, greens) and mix and match shades until you find your perfect combination. (P.S. This works best with solid pieces, but feel free to play with prints if you’re more of a maximalist at heart.)

Shop similar styles: Sam Edelman coat ($220; $150); J.Crew sweater ($118); Rebecca Taylor pants ($245)

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Tyla-Lauren Gilmore

16. Invest In Some Kicks That Make You Smile

Some days we just can’t be bothered to put together anything more fashion-forward than some jeans and an oversize blazer. But a pair of smile-inducing sneakers, like Tyla-Lauren Gilmore's bright Nike kicks, will make you feel that much more put together and add a fun pop to even the most basic outfit.

Shop similar styles: M.M.LaFleur blazer ($295; $205); American Eagle Outfitters jeans ($50; $37); Nike sneakers ($100; $95)

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17. Tie a Sweater Over Your Coat

If you often find yourself overheating in a super-warm coat (especially one that’s more appropriate for an arctic excursion than suburban living), simply wear a thin tee under your coat and tie your sweater around your wist. Then, when you get wherever you’re going, take off the coat and put on your sweater.

Shop similar styles: Nordstrom coat ($199); Charter Club sweater ($99; $40)

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18. Rock Red and Green the Grown-Up Way

Nothing against ugly holiday sweaters, but some of us prefer our festive outfits to be a bit more subtle. Try mixing cherry red or Kelly green with more muted shades, like mint, turquoise, burgundy or mauve. It’s every bit as festive without being quite so on the nose.

Shop similar styles: Ted Baker London coat ($795; $477); Naadam sweater ($265; $132); Banana Republic pants ($70; $49); New York & Company boots ($90; $45)

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19. Try a Standout Scarf

Picking up a bold new blanket scarf is less of an investment than a scene-stealing coat but has the same “look at me!” impact that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Shop similar styles: Lands’ End hat ($20; $10); Acne Studios scarf ($290); Ann Taylor coat ($248); Glamorous bag ($30); GAP sweatpants ($50; $25)

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20. Slip Into a Festive Blazer

Wear a bold, cushy topper like this one over your winter whites and finish the whole look off with a pair of smart suede loafers. You're officially ready for any and all invitations that come your way, from your office holiday party to your best friend's cookie exchange (even if they’re just over Zoom).

Shop similar styles: J.Crew blazer ($228; $175); Express dress ($80; $48); Birdies shoes ($98)

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21. Rock a Chunky Sweater Over Pinstripe Pants

Our weekend and work wardrobes have melded together to become one big, stylish family. So why not mix and match your most classic office trousers with a super-cozy chunky knit?

Shop similar styles: Halogen sweater ($69); Chloé pants ($1,295; $362); 27 Edit Naturalizer heels ($125; $88)

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22. Create Your Own Colorblocking

Play around with any and all bright solid-hued pieces in your wardrobe to create a bold combination all your own.

Shop similar styles: Ted Baker London coat ($675); C by Bloomingdale’s sweater ($178; $99); Victoria Victoria Beckham pants ($430); BOSS clutch ($198); Rothy’s shoes ($145)

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23. Think Outside the Layering Box

You wore your long-sleeve lace blouse over silky camis all summer long, but now it’s time to rock that baby under your chunkiest sweater for a fresh contrast of styles.

Shop similar styles: WAYF top ($89); L.L.Bean sweater ($55); Cinq a Sept skirt ($245); EDAS bag ($275); Keds sneakers ($50)

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24. Really Embrace Celebratory Dressing

We’ve had so few reasons to truly dress up these past two years, so even though Christmas still may look a bit different, we plan to go all out with our holiday looks. Yes, even if we’re simply hanging in the living room trying to prevent pets from knocking over the tree. Bring on the tulle skirts, candy cane knits and all things glam.

Shop similar styles: Deepa Gurnani earrings ($45); La Ligne sweater ($295); David’s Bridal skirt ($120); Steve Madden bag ($75); Marc Fisher Ltd. heels ($150)

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25. Dress Up an Ugly Holiday Sweater

Sweaters covered in tinsel, pom-poms, blinking lights and unexpected holiday scenes have become as much of a December staple as sequins and velvet. And while you can always wear yours over some simple jeans and boots, dressing them up with tights and a sexy skirt or embellished accessories just adds to the fun.

Shop similar styles: 33 Degrees sweater ($33); Amanda Uprichard dress ($198); Sheertex tights ($99; $49); ASOS heels ($57)

RELATED: 19 Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas to Try This Holiday Season (Plus a Few DIY Versions, If You're Feeling Crafty)

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26. Layer a Turtleneck Over a Fancy Maxi

Turn a formal wedding-guest dress into something more appropriate for a holiday dinner or a festive cocktail party by pulling a chunky, cozy knit over the top. Keep your hair and makeup minimal and add a few brightly hued accessories to really tone down those fancy vibes.

Shop similar styles: Naadam sweater ($215); Lunya dress ($238; $177); Brandon Blackwood bag ($395); Loeffler Randall heels ($395)

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27. Embrace the Power of the Puffer

You resisted the practical puffer for so long, but it’s finally time to give in. And hey, there’s no need to resign to looking like the Michelin Man when there are so many colorful, fun and even flattering options out there.

Shop similar styles: En Saison coat ($176); Uniqlo turtleneck ($20); Agolde jeans ($178); Sugar boots ($75)

RELATED: How to Wear a Puffer Coat (Without Looking Like a Marshmallow)

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28. Wear Sweats All Day Long

Opt for a sleeker pair than the grays you usually wear the to the gym, like a slim-fit cream set or camel rib-knit. Then finish with a long tailored coat, some elegant jewelry and either sneakers or ankle boots, and no one will even notice you're wearing your pj's out and about.

Shop similar styles: Madewell necklaces ($48); Halogen coat ($199; $130); Lou & Grey sweatshirt ($80) and sweatpants ($70); J.Crew sneakers ($98)

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29. Slip Tights On Under Your Jeans

We’re all pretty well versed in the basics of layering tops, but when it comes to our legs, they often get left out in the cold (literally). Slip on a pair of tights to give your stems some extra protection.

Shop similar styles: Unreal Fur coat ($399); Babaton sweater ($78); Commando tights ($38); Agolde jeans ($188); ASOS loafers ($58)

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30. Break Out the Colorful Faux Fur

When it comes to faux fur, we say the more faux the better. That means super-bright colors and unnatural prints galore. They are meant to be fun, after all.

Shop similar styles: Jakke coat ($388); Nordstrom turtleneck ($119; $80); Good American jeans ($169; $127); Dear Frances boots ($520)

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31. Bring on the Sequins

For New Year's Eve, think beyond black, gold and silver. We're partial to rosey pink but seafoam green or deep plum could also work. (P.S. Pair your over-the-top sparkles with a touch leather moto or luxe faux-fur coat to keep the party vibes going on the way to the event.)

Shop similar styles: Retrofete dress ($635); Alexandre Birman heels ($595)

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