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