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It may feel like winter has only truly just begun, but the days are indeed getting longer and we can see the warmth of spring on the horizon. So as tempting as it may be to give up on fashion all together and just walk around in a giant blanket, why not try one of these 28 easy outfit ideas instead? They’re fun, they’re bright and, most importantly, they’re all pretty damn comfy.

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1. Pair Navy with Black

Forget what you’ve heard: You can (and should) wear black and navy together. The combination is an unexpected twist…and is relatively low lift since you probably already own a lot of both colors.

Shop similar styles: Kenneth Cole New York coat ($298; $200); BP. sweater ($45; $27); Iris & Ink skirt ($235)

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2. Let Your Coat Do All the Talking

A statement coat allows you to put in almost no effort without looking sloppy or boring. Wearing sweats under there? We won’t tell a soul.

Shop similar styles: UGG coat ($325); By Far bag ($540); Able boots ($178; $134)

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3. Try a Sweater With a Strong Shoulder for Zoom

Spring, summer and even fall were all about the Zoom top—a blouse or shirt with interesting detail around the collar and shoulders intended to really pop within the small square of your video call. But winter is all about the Zoom sweater, with structured shoulders, frilled collars and embellishments along your collarbone. (Add a chunky chain necklace or fun headband to really make the whole thing shine.)

Shop similar styles: ASOS sweater ($48); BP. pants ($49)

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When it comes to chunky knits, we say the bigger the better. Over-the-knee boots that fit like tights are the perfect way to balance out such a slouchy top.

Shop similar styles: Topshop sweater ($75); Uniqlo turtleneck ($25); Jessica Simpson boots ($45)

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5. Roll Your Hems Rather Than Tuck Them

Unless you’re rocking true skinny jeans, it can prove mighty difficult to comfortably tuck the hem of your pants into a pair of boots. So just skip that step altogether. Instead, roll the hems of your pants so that they hit just a quarter of an inch below the top of your boots for a much easier final result.

Shop similar styles: Topshop coat ($170); L'Academie blazer ($328); Splendid T-shirt ($48); Mother pants ($208); Dr. Martens boots ($150)

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6. Swap Your Sweats for an Ankle-Grazing Maxi

What’s the easiest way to transform a sweatsuit and sneakers into a chic, dinner-ready ensemble? Keep the sweatshirt, but switch out your sweatpants for a maxi or midi skirt. Stick to darker hues and wintery fabrics, like a moody floral or silk in jewel tones, to keep things seasonally appropriate.

Shop similar styles: Pangaia sweatshirt ($170); Gucci belt ($1,050); Veronica Beard skirt ($395; $119); Greats sneakers ($179)

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7. Layer a Necklace Over Your Turtleneck

This may feel like an unconventional move, but a statement necklace worn with a chunky turtleneck can actually help break up all that fabric and prevent a weird uni-boob situation. While you can jump right in with colorful rhinestones or bold metallics, we also love the idea of a more subtle pairing, like an oatmeal knit and a pearl lariat.

Shop similar styles: Banana Republic necklace ($68; $47); Lovers + Friends sweater ($155; $87); Amazon Essentials coat ($60); Loeffler Randall bag ($350)

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8. Dress Up Your Sweats

Pair your coziest joggers with a tailored blazer in a coordinating hue, a crisp button down shirt and some pointy toe shoes (heels or flats) for a chic ensemble that’s still mighty comfy. Go ahead and add in a splash of leopard print, too.

Shop similar styles: Naadam sweater ($195) and sweatpants ($195); NONchalant blazer ($385); Everlane shirt ($64); Sam Edelman heels ($150)

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9. Mix and Match Jewel Tones...

Emerald and sapphire and ruby, oh my! It’s not for the faint of heart, but pairing one jewel tone with another is unexpected and oh so beautiful.

Shop similar styles: Pistola sweater ($128); LilySilk skirt ($85); Sarto by Franco Sarto boots ($185)

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If you’re unsure how to incorporate so many rich hues into one look, just pick your favorite one and sport that instead. Black accessories work best here, as beige, brown or white can end up contrasting with a bold monochrome 'fit in an odd way.

Shop similar styles: Figs face mask ($10); Topshop sweater ($58); Banana Republic Factory skirt ($90; $50); Lovestrength belt ($92); Monki bag ($32); ALLSaints boots ($350; $245)

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11. Sport the No. 1 Boot of 2021

Combat boots are taking the fashion world by storm this winter. Sure, you could wear them with jeans but we'd suggest rocking them with the items in your wardrobe you haven't reached for in a while: flirty dresses, sweatsuits and preppy cardigans.

Shop similar styles: ASOS dress ($56; $45); Frye boots ($298)

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12. Eschew Your Scarf for an Extra Large Turtleneck

Give your dearly beloved (and probably super dirty) scarf a break and unroll a chunky knit to keep your neck warm in its place. Bonus points if you match it to your bag too.

Shop similar styles: Rag & Bone turtleneck ($495); Alexis coat ($693); See by Chloé bag ($495); Express pants ($88; $66); Tony Bianco boots ($166)

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13. Dress Up a Super Casual Ensemble with SLICK LACE-UP BOOTS

Boyfriend jeans and an oversize sweater don’t look particularly polished, but add high-heeled booties with a lace-up detail and suddenly we’ve got a horse of a different color.

Shop similar styles: Balenciaga sweater ($1,190); J.Crew turtleneck ($37); Agolde jeans ($188); Tory Burch boots ($458)

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Yes, we like to ramp up the sex appeal on V-Day, but that doesn’t mean we relish the idea of squeezing into a skin-tight dress or struggling with sticky boobs in a backless top. This year, we’re embracing the idea that we can look cozy and sexy with sumptuous fabrics like cashmere and silk that feel just as good as they look.

Shop similar styles: Express sweater ($60; $50); Vince skirt ($265; $159); Linea Paolo flats ($120)

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15. Layer Your Coats

Think outside the usual layering rules and sport a short puffer over a long tailored coat.

Shop similar styles: Bagatelle.NYC puffer coat ($148); Halogen trench coat ($179); Alex Mill jumpsuit ($178)

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16. Don’t Wait Until Spring to Sport White Accessories

Or bright yellow, for that matter. In fact, yellow works best with other light or bright hues, like white, pink or robin’s-egg blue, than with dark shades like forest green or black (you don’t want to look like a bumblebee, after all).

Shop similar styles: Harris Wharf London coat ($643); L’Academie dress ($158); Coach bag ($395); Rag & Bone boots ($495)

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Brilliant blue gloves, scarves and bags pop against the typical dark winter hues. They're not quite as dirt-proof as black, but they're less likely to require a cleaning after every wear than beige or white.

Shop similar styles: Echo gloves ($49); Longchamp bag ($140); Ellen Tracy coat ($320; $176); H&M dress ($40); Malone Souliers shoes ($575)

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18. Make Tweed Feel Fresh and Modern

Wool tweed can be incredibly warm, but can also look a little stuffy or old fashioned. That said, we can’t get enough of Coterie member Coco Bassey’s tweed bomber, which feels significantly more en vogue for 2021. Look for pieces in modern cuts, like shackets, cargo pants or even chunky sweaters to bring this traditional fabric into the new year.

Shop similar styles: H&M jacket ($50); Everlane sweater ($100); Lovers + Friends skirt ($98)

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Faux-fur scarves are often treated as more of an accent piece to be artfully draped over your shoulders (or just one shoulder, if you’re feeling fancy), but let’s not forget these furry accessories are also super warm. Wrap your fuzzy stole around your neck just as you would a regular wool scarf and you’ll learn to handle a 25°F forecast with grace (we hope).

Shop similar styles: Apparis scarf ($65); Rails coat ($348); Agolde jeans ($178); Senso flats ($145)

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20. Swap the laces on your boots

Switch the plain black, gray or beige laces your winter boots came with for a fun, contrasting hue, like cherry red or bright lilac, to give your old standbys a minimal—but impactful—tune-up.

Shop similar styles: Each X Other dress ($653; $261); Louise et Cie boots ($179; $90); Delele shoelaces ($6)

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21. Winterize a Silky Maxi Skirt

Maxis typically scream summer, but not when worn underneath an oversize turtleneck in the same color.

Shop similar styles: Free People coat ($198); Mango sweater ($60; $40); Wolf & Badger skirt ($115); INC International Concepts boots ($150; $69)

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22. Pair an Old Favorite with a New One

While the rest of the world moved on to boyfriend, mom and cropped wide-leg jeans, you never really stopped loving your beloved dark-wash skinnies. Update them with an edgy leather boot, and a few other classics like a cableknit sweater, plaid overcoat or simple black tote, for a look that perfectly melds current styles with those we kind of wish would make a comeback already.

Shop similar styles: Levi's coat ($248; $100); Bella Dahl sweater ($150); DL1961 jeans ($168); Caslon boots ($100)

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23. Get Matchy-Matchy With Your Accessories

While you absolutely don’t need to follow the old school rule of matching all of your accessories to a tee, it is an easy, low-effort way to pull an ensemble together in a snap. We love Coterie member Monroe Steele’s ice-blue duo, but other wintery hues, like burgundy, plum or cherry red, would work just as well.

Shop similar styles: Eaves coat ($378); Eileen Fisher dress ($298); Bottega Veneta bag ($1,550) and shoes ($1,270)

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It’s so easy to reach for your favorite skinnies day after day, but if you’re anything like us, you’re definitely bored of basics jeans. So try a different denim piece, like a wrap dress or jumpsuit, that’s just as easy to wear but doesn’t feel quite so repetitive.

Shop similar styles: J. McLaughlin coat ($398; $250); Faherty dress ($198; $149); Marc Fisher Ltd boots ($289; $116)

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25. Jazz Up Your Coat (Temporarily)

Pin a few brooches and patches to your old winter coat to give it an entirely new vibe. (Just be careful, as some fabrics will show puncture holes more obviously after the pin is removed. Test one in an inconspicuous spot first.)

Shop similar styles: SNDYS coat ($98); Meri Meri patches ($8 for set of three); Wings Hawaii Studio patches ($10 for set of seven); North Bright Star patches ($11 for set of ten); Anne Klein brooch ($35); Brooks Brothers brooch ($88); The Metropolitan Museum of Art brooch ($125)

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26. Stick with Classic Black, from Head to Toe

It’s easy, flattering and timeless. Did we mention easy? Stick to modern silhouettes (like cropped denim and slick sock boots) and a mix of fabrics and textures (like knobby wool, patent leather and black silk) to keep things feeling fresh and to avoid swallowing your figure whole.

Shop similar styles: Fleurette coat ($1,049; $700); L.L.Bean sweater ($40); Mother jeans ($238); Everlane boots ($115)

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27. Take the Lenny Kravitz Approach to Winter

Goodbye, puffer coat. Hello, comically huge scarf.

Shop similar styles: Cuyana scarf ($75); Lulus dress ($65); Tory Burch boots ($398)

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28. Ignore the “No White Pants After Labor Day” Rule

FYI, winter white looks incredible when worn with mini checks (like this collared jacket).

Shop similar styles: BCBG Max Azria coat ($198; $119); Frank & Eileen turtleneck ($218); Gauge81 pants ($335; $134); ASOS bag ($29); Louise et Cie heels ($100; $67)

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