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31 Style Ideas to Try This March (with Nary a Puffer Coat in Sight)

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Spring is (almost) in the air, and we’re more than ready to start shedding our heavy wool coats in favor of bright colors, floral prints and any accessory that isn’t a beanie cap or pair of knit mittens. Here are 31 chic outfit ideas to try each and every day this month—without a single puffer in sight (hallelujah!).

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1. Choose A Coat With Texture

Maybe plaid, stripes or color-blocking just ins’t your thing. Rather than resign yourself to a series of solid-hued wool peacoats, try something with a more interesting texture, like a croc-embossed faux-leather. It has the same wow factor as a detailed pattern but is much easier to mix and match with your existing wardrobe.

Shop similar styles: Nasty Gal Faux Leather Trench Coat ($249; $124); H&M Satin Wrap Dress ($60); Cuyana Classic Tote Bag ($228); Vagabond Brooke Boots ($210)

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2. Try A Bright And Cozy Scarf

If you’re beginning to worry winter may never end, it’s OK, you’re not alone. But wrapping yourself in a super bright blanket scarf will make your ensemble feel at least a little bit springlike and is sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone you pass.

Shop similar styles: Acne Studios Scarf ($290); ALO Accolade Sweatshirt ($118) and Accolade Sweatpants ($108); Sarto by Franco Sarto Eda Loafers ($99)

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3. Give Stirrup Leggings A Chance

Even if you’ve been living in leggings all winter, this simple style swap can make a major difference. That little bit of extra material lengthens and slims your stems even further to give you mile-long legs.

Shop similar styles: Monki Cable Knit Sweater ($56; $34); Girlfriend Collective Stirrup Leggings ($78); JW Pei Fae Bag ($89); Vince Camuto Cadie Heels ($99)

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4. Repurpose Your Jacket Belt

You already tried swapping the belt that came with your jacket for a bolder version—now what to do with the leftover one? Tie it around a suit jacket or dress and give it a life of its own.

Shop similar styles: Uniqlo Trench Coat ($90); Mango Check Wool Blazer ($230; $115) and Check Wool Pants ($130; $65); Staud Bean Ruched Bag ($195); Jeffrey Campbell Trixy Heels ($150)

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5. Or Swap It Out For A Colorful Knit

If you’re currently using your coat’s belt to cinch your favorite blazer, try cinching your coat with a colorful cardigan or even a thin scarf. The pop of color feels much more fun than coordinating black or khaki and even gives you a bonus layering piece should you find yourself feeling chilly mid-afternoon.

Shop similar styles: & Other Stories Belted Coat ($251); Cider The Last Rose Sweater ($38; $19); Stine Goya Rosen Dress ($390)

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6. Wear One Wild Item

The trick to pulling off something super bold, like zebra-print pants, is to keep the rest of your outfit simple and perfectly tailored. So reach for your go-to trench, crisp black tee and freshly cleaned white boots and give it a whirl.

Shop similar styles: M.M.Lafleur Jensen Trench Coat ($595); L.L.Bean Pima Cotton T-shirt ($25); Cider Zebra Pants ($28); 42 Gold Kensington Boots ($160)

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7. Try A Statement Trench

Trench coats will never go out of style, especially during spring. But we think it’s high time you think beyond the classic khaki version. Bright colors, unusual fabrics and prints are where it’s at this time around.

Shop similar styles: AllSaints Bree Coat ($619); ba&sh Isolde Dress ($350); Charles & Keith Poppy Chain Handle Bag ($73); Blondo Tasel Boots ($150; $100)

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8. Balance An All-black Ensemble With Super-bright Hues

We totally get it, sometimes sporting head-to-toe black really is the easiest way to get dressed in the morning. But swapping in just one or two attention-grabbing pops of color—like highlighter pink, electric blue or cherry red—can transform a simple outfit into a truly spectacular one...and one that’s likely to bring a smile to your face every time you catch a glimpse of your reflection.

Shop similar styles: Norma Kamali Velvet Blazer ($265); lululemon All Yours Cotton T-shirt ($58); ASOS Design Faux Leather Pants ($171); Fila Renno Sneakers ($80)

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9. Tie A Blanket Scarf Like A Jacket

An oversize scarf is intended to keep you just as warm and cozy as a regular jacket, so why not treat it like one? Wrap your scarf over your shoulders and tuck it around your waist for a dramatic draped effect. (Pro tip: Wear your faux outerwear with a pair of leather pants for some additional warmth.)

Shop similar styles: The Tartan Blanket Co. Oversize Scarf ($87); L.L.Bean Cotton Cashmere Turtleneck ($50); Wilfred Melina Pants ($148); Bandolino Rainaa Heels ($59)

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10. Channel Your Inner Blair Waldorf

Headbands were one of the biggest trends of the past few years, and while the hype has died down somewhat, the preppy hair accessory is still an easy way to make yourself look and feel a bit more dressed up for Zoom calls or grocery store runs.

Shop similar styles: Lele Sadoughi June Pearl Headband ($150); L’Academie Olenna Trench Coat ($358; $283); M.M.Lafleur The Beebe Belt ($125)

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11. Play Around With Unexpected Color Combos

Who knew marigold yellow, navy blue and Prince purple could look so good together?

Shop similar styles: Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Sweater ($110); Lioness Bias Skirt ($72); JW Pei Lottie Bag ($69); Giuseppe Zanotti Ametista Boots ($994; $497)

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12. Mix Multiple Black-and-white Patterns

The easiest way to mix and match different prints or patterns is to stick with simple black-and-white designs. It doesn’t much matter whether they're different scales or textures or incorporate multiple types of patterns (i.e., florals and plaid and stripes, etc.) so long as they feature just those two colors.

Shop similar styles: Reformation York Coat ($328); Anthropologie Jacquard Midi Dress ($148); Journee Collection Winny Boots ($85)

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13. Keep Things Simple With Elevated Basics

Swap your overused puffer for a long wool wrap coat, your winter boots for a pair of pointy-toe suede knee-highs and your beloved sweatsuit for sleek skinnies and a cashmere turtleneck. This easy combo is still mighty comfortable but looks (and feels) infinitely more chic.

Shop similar styles: Lattelier Belted Wool Coat ($188); Summersalt Cashmere Blend Sweater ($95); American Eagle Outfitters Ne(x)t Level Jeggings ($50); Stuart Weitzman Livia Boots ($795; $398)

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14. Layer Your Knits

Rather than pulling your sweater vest on over a blouse or button-up, try wearing it as a shirt all by itself with an open-front cardigan over top (to keep your arms from freezing). The combination is much less bulky than layering two regular knits on top of one another, and will give your look a cozy cottagecore vibe.

Shop similar styles: Topshop Maxi Cardigan ($80; $60); Anthropologie Flecked Stripe Sweater Vest ($140); Telfar Small Shopping Bag ($150); Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($128)

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15. Wear Your Winter Whites With A Skirt

That cozy cream turtleneck deserves at least one more wear. But instead of pairing it with jeans, put on a colorful skirt you’d normally reserve for summer weather.

Shop similar styles: Mignonne Gavigan Myra Earrings ($250; $150); Rails Halle Sweater ($288); Looks Like Summer Simone Bag ($149; $90); Pankaj & Nidhi Pleated Skirt ($170); Schutz Mikki Boots ($148)

16. Try A ’70s Moment

Wide-leg jeans, sweater vests and crochet detailing are all in this year, and when combined they give off a vintage ’70s vibe we can’t get enough of. Add a sleek leather mini bag and classic boots, like Coterie member Liz Teich, to keep things modern.

Shop similar styles: Sea Bette Sweater ($465); Runo Sweater Vest ($390); Levi’s Flare Jeans ($98); Madewell The Sydney Bag ($158); Matisse Going West Boots ($88)

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17. Add A Few Sunny Touches

Nothing has the power to lift your spirits during the dreary last days of winter like yellow kicks or a cheeky bag charm (especially when the rest of your outfit is in grayscale).

Shop similar styles: Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Dad Coat ($220); Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck ($20); Everlane The Way-High Drape Pants ($118); Kurt Geiger London Mini Shoreditch Bag ($195); Dans Crafts Shop Bag Charm ($5); Cariuma Canvas Sneakers ($79)

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18. Upgrade Your Suiting To A More Contemporary Style

High-waist pants and cropped blazers are majorly trendy for 2022. But as the above look proves, this new suit silhouette can still look polished and professional. Just be sure to choose a classic color and fabric (like gray wool) and pair it with other classic basics (like a black turtleneck and pointy-toe boots or pumps).

Shop similar styles: Boohoo Cropped Blazer ($60) and Wide-Leg Pants ($40); J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck ($37; $20); Marc Fisher LTD Gadri Boots ($189; $60)

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19. Swap Your Go-to Sweatpants For A Faux Leather Pair

We’ve all gotten pretty used to living life in fleece and terry cloth, and those comfy basics are tough to give up. Ease your way back into “regular” clothes by swapping your loungewear for similar styles in dressier fabrics, like faux-leather joggers.

Shop similar styles: Only NY Locksmith Shirt ($58; $29); Superdown Faux-Leather Pants ($108); New Balance 624 Sneakers ($75)

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20. Pair Colorful Plaid With Bold Black And White

It feels like it should be too much at once, but when worn with classic staples like dark blue denim and black hightop sneakers, colorful plaid brings just the right level of funk and fun to your ensemble.

Shop similar styles: Balenciaga Logo Scarf ($550); Apparis Tikka Coat ($380); Levi’s Dad Jeans ($98); Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($60)

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21. Add A Subtle Touch Of Glitz

Black sequin pants are much less flashy than their silver counterparts, but still feel festive even when worn under a cozy, oversize knit. Finish the look with some pointy-toe shoes (maybe with an additional flash of sparkle) and an easy crossbody bag to further mix casual with glamorous.

Shop similar styles: Isabelle Marant Eggie Sweater ($1,190); J.Crew Relaxed Fit Shirt ($80; $57); New York & Company Sequin Pants ($130; $39); Botkier Valentina Bag ($198; $119); Mach & Mach Embellished Ballet Flats ($1,352)

22. Layer A Turtleneck Under A Sexy Wrap Dress

Get more use out of your date-night pieces by pairing them with more demure staples, like Katie Sturino does here. A slim-fit turtleneck and flat knee-high boots lend a more casual air to ruffled party dress.

Shop similar styles: Lands’ End Lightweight Turtleneck ($33; $20); Veronica Beard Derby Dress ($598); Sheertex Classic Sheer Tights ($69; $39); Stuart Weitzman Reserve Boots ($795)

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23. Break Out The Pastel Hues

Rock this season’s biggest hits from head to toe, even without the spring weather.

Shop similar styles: LOFT Cozy Herringbone Coat ($185); J.Crew Willa Blazer ($198) and J.Crew Willa Pants ($90); Bared Footwear Cockatoo Shoes ($259)

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24. Wear A Jean Jacket Like A Shirt

Button it all the way up and tuck it into your waistband, just like you would a classic chambray button-up.

Shop similar styles: American Eagle Outfitters ’90s Boyfriend Jacket ($80); River Island High-Waisted Jeans ($86); Rothys The Point Flats ($145)

25. Mix A Summer-ready Handbag In With Your Winter Staples

What’s an easy way to make leather pants, cozy knits and a long coat feel a bit lighter for spring? Follow in Shanna Battle’s chic footsteps and throw a summery woven handbag into the mix. We love that hers is light pink to offset some of those overtly beachy vibes.

Shop similar styles: Gentle Herd Wool Coat ($198; $178); Naadam Cashmere Sweater ($75); LNA Faux-Leather Pants ($165); BTB Los Angeles Ryan Bag ($150; $90); Banana Republic Stretch Ankle Boots ($230; $184)

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26. Opt For An Easy, Oversize Sweater Dress

Slim-fit knit dresses were big in fall and early winter, but now we’re all about the lampshade look (aka, sporting a chunky, oversize knit with either bare legs or skinny jeans). To ensure you look cute and not overwhelmed, choose a sweater that hits at least a few inches above the knee but no higher than mid-thigh.

Shop similar styles: Lulus Sweater Dress ($58; $44); Mejuri Hoop Earrings ($85); Mansur Gavriel Cloud Clutch ($645; $450)

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27. Swap Your Coat For A Maxi-length Cardigan

Button that baby up, add a belt—et voilà!—it’s like you have a brand-new cozy jacket without spending a dime.

Shop similar styles: LOFT Striped Midi Cardigan ($100; $90); Clinch Belts Micro Belt ($144); Susana Monaco Mina Dress ($198); Alona Aeolian Necklace ($185); AUrate x Kerry Washington Chain Necklace ($400); White House Black Market Studded Heels ($145)

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28. Try A Boiler Suit

This one-and-done outfit might be even more comfortable than our favorite sweats. Cinch your waist with a belt and add some glitzy jewelry to avoid feeling like you’re on your way to repair a faulty transmission. Feel free to play with layering a colorful or patterned turtleneck underneath, as well, for some added interest.

Shop similar styles: Banana Republic Utility Jumpsuit ($180); J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck ($37; $20); Nike React Infinity Sneakers ($160)

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29. Layer A Sweatshirt Over A Sundress

It can be 70 degrees and sunny in the morning, and 45 and raining by 2 p.m. Adjustable layers are key to making it through this tumultuous time, and a comfy sweatshirt looks just as great tied around your waist.

Shop similar styles: Pangaia 365 Sweatshirt ($130); Rhode Love Me Not Dress ($545); & Other Stories Structured Leather Bag ($139); Dear Frances Turin Boots ($595)

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30. Pair Neutral Browns With Neon Pops

Wearing head-to-toe brown, while often very professional, can look a little boring. But all you need to spice things up is one neon piece, be it a sweater, a handbag or a headband. Opt for a warmer hue, like pink or orange, to better compliment warm chocolate and beige hues.

Shop similar styles: Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Coat ($180); Aqua Cashmere Sweater ($178; $125); Who What Wear Collection Faux-Leather Skirt ($155); Vince Camuto Entaia Boots ($160)

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31. Take A Walk On The Wild Side

We love the way a fun print, like leopard spots, can help ton down the seriousness of a structured suit. Keep those weekend vibes going with an easy tee and matching white kicks.

Shop similar styles: Alice + Olivia Breann Blazer ($74) and Olivia Bootcut Pants ($46); Everlane Cotton T-shirt ($24); Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($55)