31 Style Ideas to Try This March (None of Which Include a Puffer Coat)
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. Go All In on Vibrant Accessories
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.
2. 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.
3. Go Totally Hands-Free
Give your classic wool winter coat some edge with a sporty fanny pack worn across your body rather than belted around your waist.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Try an Elevated Sweatsuit (In a Color Other than Black or Gray)
Coterie member Natalia Levsina’s gorgeous purple sweat-set isn’t just chic (especially when combined with trendy combat boots and a long shacket), it’s also environmentally friendly. Talk about a win-win.
7. 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.
8. 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).
9. Channel Your Inner Blair Waldorf
Headbands were one of the biggest trends of the past two 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.
10. GO ALL IN ON BOLD FLORALS
And try it out on an unexpected piece, like an overcoat or a warm vest. (Psst, classic black and white accessories will always look chic, but we also love the idea of mixing in a few more patterns via your handbag or beanie cap, too.)
11. Top Off Your Coat with an Exaggerated Belt
Don’t stick to the matching belt that came with your coat. Instead, switch it out for an extra-long leather version in a contrasting color.
12. 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.
13. 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.)
14. Carry a Clutch During the Day
Evening-ready handbags have been gathering dust in our closets for months now, but there’s no rule that says you have to save them for a cocktail party, date night or wedding reception. Bring those beauties out of storage and tote one along on your next coffee run to make it feel like a special occasion.
15. 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.
16. Mix Practical Accessories with Playful Ones
Your primary goal when heading out the door is to keep warm and comfy—hence the beanie, Bernie-style mittens and lug-sole boots—but that doesn’t mean you can’t also add on some statement jewelry, futuristic sunglasses and a glam chain belt for an added touch of whimsy.
Shop similar styles: Sane Diego Hat Company hat ($21); My My My sunglasses ($78; $25); Gorjana necklace set ($108); Nasty Gal coat ($120; $47); B-Low the Belt belt ($172); Kotahi Knits mittens ($70); Cuyana bag ($95); Steve Madden boots ($150; $90)
19. MIX ’70S GLAM WITH ’70S CORDS
Wearing a plaid shacket (shirt + jacket) and bootcut corduroy can very easily look like you’re dressing up as Donna from That ’70s Show (and a bit dowdy—no offense, Donna). But add some shiny gold hoops and a perfectly coifed ponytail and you’re singing yourself a different tune altogether.
20. Brighten Up a Rainy Day with Funky Accessories
Swap your boring black raincoat for a bold red version, and your generic black umbrella for one that’s clear or brightly colored. Not so dreary now, is it?
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. Update Your Stonewash Denim
Yes, this beloved ’80s style is back for spring, but there are better ways to wear it this time around than with a neon-hued off-the-shoulder top. Take inspiration from Coterie member Katie Sturino and pair yours with sharp structural pieces, like a cropped wrap jacket, and neutral accents, including a white tee and beige flats, to keep your outfit firmly in 2021.
26. Try One Bright White Piece
The tendency to wear nothing but black and gray with maybe a hint of white all winter long is mighty strong for many of us. But by throwing one bright white item into a mix of small black and gray prints, your outfit suddenly feels oh so much lighter and more appropriate for spring (even if you’re not quite ready to break out the florals just yet).
27. Sport an Off-the-Shoulder Sweater
This awesome day-to-night top from Coterie member Alyssa Amoroso is one part cozy, one part flirty and 100 percent fabulous. (Bonus: It’ll look gorgeous over Zoom for your next virtual date.)
28. Jazz Up Your Basics
Rather than sport the same T-shirt, boyfriend jeans and leather moto you always reach for, shake things up with a few new silhouettes, like a wide-leg or boot-cut jean and a leather trench. (P.S. Add some pearl jewelry and a statement headband to the mix to feel even more dressed up.)
29. 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.
30. 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.
31.Wear Converse the Kamala Way
Vice President Kamala Harris’s love of Converse sneakers is well documented and apparently inspiring a lot of shoppers to follow in her (comfortable) footsteps. Try her classic combo of sneakers and a suit to imbue your day with a little extra oomph.