28 Ways to Shake Up Your Style This February (Plus One Extra for Leap Day)
Ready to give up on life and just walk around in a giant blanket? There’s hope yet! Your winter wardrobe blues are solved with these 28 outfits to wear all February long (plus one extra for leap day).
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. Swap Your Work Shirt for a Thin Turtleneck
If your office is on the conservative side, stick to neutral-hued solids or classic stripes. However, if you have a bit more wiggle room, try a funky tie-dye tee or a virtual print turtleneck that lets your personality shine while still looking professional.
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. Match Your Coat to Your Shoes
Your coat and shoes don’t have to be red, but wearing both pieces in the same shade pulls your whole outfit together with minimal effort. This trick also works with trendy Cookie Monster blue, cool mint green or even delicate rose pink.
8. 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 pearl lariat.
11. Sport Tall Boots Under Wide-Leg Pants
Your legs will get an extra dose of warmth without too much added bulk. (Plus, it’s always fun to feel like you have a little secret.)
12. 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 cozy can also be sexy with sumptuous fabrics like cashmere and silk that feel just as good as they look.
14. Layer Your Coats
Think outside the usual layering rules and sport a short puffer over a long tailored coat.
17. or Try a different vibrant shade
Brilliant blue gloves, scarves and bags pop just as well as white against the typical dark winter hues and are less likely to require a cleaning after every wear.
18. Belt an Oversize Coat
This is one of the easiest ways to shake up your winter wear without spending a dime (or more than 60 seconds of your precious morning) and an excellent way to return some semblance of shape to your body under that chunky wool topper.
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 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 classic dark-wash skinnies. Update them with one of 2020’s biggest shoe trends, the combat boot, and a few other classics (hello, Knives Out–inspired knits and plaid overcoats) for a look that perfectly melds current styles with those we kind of wish would make a comeback already.
23. Give the Shacket a Whirl
Let us introduce you to the shacket. Half shirt, half jacket, this cozy topper is perfect for those weirdly warm springlike days that pop up in the middle of February. Offset the lumberjack vibes of a plaid version with crisp white booties, dark-wash skinnies and a classically femme handbag.
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 them. 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.
29. Bonus: Eschew Your Scarf for an Extra Large Turtleneck
Give your dearly loved (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.