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 altogether 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. Wear Rockstar Leather with Down-Home Cowboy Boots
We love an unconventional pairing, and Katie Sturino’s mix of sleek leather pants and western boots might just be our new favorite combo. Both trendy pieces might feel difficult to pull off, but wearing them together is actually a great way to tone down the rockstar vibes of shiny leather and dress-up rustic cowboy boots. Thanks for the hot tip, Katie!
4. Sport Over-the-Knee Boots for Extra Warmth Under Dresses
Sometimes even a pair of fleece-lined tights just doesn’t do the trick. Over-the-knee boots, like Coterie member Jasmine Crockett’s chic gray pair, provide an extra layer to combat the cold all while looking fabulous.
5. Coordinate Your Accessories...Kind Of
Rather than struggle to match exact shades of pink, try mixing a whole host of pink variations all at once—a blush hat, a rose crossbody, a hot pink sweater, fuschia socks, etc. Just be sure to add in one or two large swaths of neutral hues too, like dark-wash jeans or a black overcoat, to balance out your eclectic accessories.
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. Wear a Sweater Like a Scarf
First you’re cold, then you’re hot, then you’re making bad jokes about Katy Perry songs. Instead of choosing between wearing too much or too little, try adding an extra layer in an unexpected way—drape a sweater over your shoulders and let the sleeves hang down like a scarf, just like Coterie member Shanna Battle. Now if you get chilly you can just slip it on under your coat.
10. Layer a Puffer Vest Over Your Workwear
For days when the weather isn’t quite cold enough for a full puffer, try layering a puffer vest over your wool blazer and a thin knit. It will still keep you plenty warm but looks much more fashion forward. And while we love the white and purple combo above, this styling trick works just as well with head-to-toe black or a mix of neutrals.
11. Rock a Knit Midi Skirt
Sweater dresses are a major trend for winter 2022, but so too are knit skirts, like Monroe Steele’s textured white midi. Pair them with equally cozy oversize sweaters French tucked at the waist and a pair of sleek pointy-toe boots to avoid looking like you’re being swallowed whole by your knitting basket.
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.
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.
15. Layer Your Coats
Think outside the usual layering rules and sport a short puffer over a long tailored coat. Neutral hues will be easiest to pair (like shades of brown or gray), but if you want to try a more colorful approach we suggest sticking to just one color family or neighboring hues (i.e. red with orange or blue with purple but not red with blue).
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. Mix Sporty and Sleek
A sporty anorak and a pleated midi may not seem like the most obvious outfit pairing, but they can actually look incredibly cute, provided you know which styles to pick. Opt for a jacket in either black or a luxe-looking material (like gold lamé) and tuck it into a faux-leather or wool bottom to keep those high-end vibes going. Finish with heeled booties and a sleek handbag.
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. Sport Front-Slit Trousers
This fun hem detail is primed and ready to be one of the top pant trends of the year and looks just as cute with flat loafers as it does with heeled booties.
22. Swap Your Suit Pants for White Denim
Rather than wear head-to-toe plaid, try switching out your trousers for a pair of straight-leg jeans. Better yet, opt for non-distressed crisp white, which looks more professional than blue washes but is just as comfortable.
23. Balance Cropped Trousers with a Cropped Jacket
Wearing a pair of kick-flare cropped jeans with boots that meet the hem is a great way to get more use out a pant silhouette that’s typically reserved for warmer months of the year. However, layering a long coat over this combo might make your proportions look totally out of whack. Instead, try a cropped leather jacket or faux-fur bomber to strike a better balance.
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. Try Knit Pants Under a Dress
Rather than rock leggings or thick tights under your midi, try rocking a pair of slim-fit knit pants instead. This unexpected layering combination looks best with pants that can fit over your footwear rather than be tucked in, so opt for sock booties, heels or loafers (with socks) rather than chunky lace-up boots.
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.
27. Sport Just One Color Family
Rather than attempt a monochrome ensemble, why not mix a few different hues all in the same color family, like pistachio, emerald and dark cyan greens, instead? This fun combo is less stressful than trying to exactly match each item of clothing, and will leave you looking just as fab.
28. Ignore the “No White Pants After Labor Day” Rule
FYI, winter white looks incredible when worn with mini checks (like this collared jacket).