28 Outfits to Wear This February That Will Break You Out Of Your Winter Rut
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.
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.
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.)
4. PAIR AN OVERSIZE SWEATER WITH SLIM-FIT BOOTS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. ...OR GO ALL IN ON ONE GEM-INSPIRED HUE
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN COMFY AND SEXY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
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.
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).
17. SWAP OUT YOUR BASIC BLACK ACCESSORIES
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.
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.
19. TIE A FAUX-FUR STOLE AROUND YOUR NECK
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).
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.
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.
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.
24. WEAR DENIM THAT ISN’T JEANS
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.
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)
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.
28. Ignore the “No White Pants After Labor Day” Rule
FYI, winter white looks incredible when worn with mini checks (like this collared jacket).