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Spring is (almost) in the air, and we’re more than ready to start shedding our heavy wool coats. Here are 31 chic outfit ideas to try each and every day this month, without a single puffer in sight.

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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.

Shop similar styles: Faherty scarf ($118; $59); Song of Style coat ($268; $148); 7 For All Mankind jeans ($200); Dr. Martens boots ($149)

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2. Try a Statement Trench

Trench coats are a major trend for spring, but think beyond the classic khaki version. Bright colors, unusual fabrics and prints are where it’s at this time around.

Shop similar styles: GRLFRND trench coat ($280; $87); 1901 dress ($139); Thacker bag ($168; $85); Treasure & Bond boots ($100)

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3. 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: Theory sweater ($465; $256); Jonathan Simkhai skirt ($495; $297); Staud bag ($195); Marc Fisher Ltd boots ($120; $114)

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4. 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.

Shop similar styles: J.Crew hat ($40; $26); Iris & Ink coat ($285); Everlane turtleneck ($88); ASKK jeans ($165); MICHAEL Michael Kors fanny pack ($198; $90); Steve Madden boots ($112)

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5. Try a Pair of Elevated Track Pants

Opt for luxe fabrics in sharp, tailored cuts to avoid looking like you’re wearing old gym sweats.

Shop similar styles: Jack by BB Dakota jacket ($98; $59); BP T-shirt ($15); The Kooples pants ($93; $72)

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6. Align the Hem of Your Dress with Your Coat

Even better if they’re in complementary patterns (and yes, it’s OK if the hems are a few inches off).

Shop similar styles: Etro coat ($2,720); Lilly Pulitzer dress ($258); Blondo boots ($202)

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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.

Shop similar styles: Avec Les Filles trench coat ($179); L.L.Bean T-shirt ($23); Frame pants ($225; $50); Blondo boots ($152)

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8. Add a Few Super-Bright 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: IRO coat ($995; $398); Free People turtleneck ($48); Bailey44 pants ($168); Kate Spade New York bag ($188; $132); Enimay bag charm ($9); Keds sneakers ($45)

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9. Channel Your Inner Blair Waldorf

Headbands were one of the biggest trends for 2019 and they’re going strong into 2020 too. Luckily, they’re also one of the easiest trends of the year to wear.

Shop similar styles: Lele Sadoughi x J.Crew headband ($135); French Connection trench coat ($136); Halogen belt ($59)

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10. Try a Miniature Handbag

All you really need are the essentials: phone, keys, credit card and lip balm. (Psst: Did you know swapping your oversize tote for a petite purse can also help you look taller? Thanks for the inspo, Babba Canales.)

Shop similar styles: Gap top ($98; $64); Tibi skirt ($1,195; $598); ASOS bag ($26); Franco Sarto heels ($90)

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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.

Shop similar styles: DKNY coat ($400; $225); B-Low the Belt belt ($106); Schutz boots ($225; $208)

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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 sneakers, colorful plaid brings just the right level of funk and fun to your ensemble.

Shop similar styles: J.Crew coat ($398; $340); Balenciaga scarf ($525); Joe's Jeans jeans ($188; $113); Converse sneakers ($55)

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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, no? 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: Splendid turtleneck ($60); Old Navy scarf ($25; $20); Ann Taylor pants ($98); Paul Green heels ($319)

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Big shoulders are in once again, but don’t go reaching for your Working Girl–inspired blazer just yet. The new and improved trend is more about structured tailoring than bulking up with padding.

Shop similar styles: Madewell blazer ($168); Susana Monaco top ($158); AG jeans ($225); M.Gemi heels ($328)

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15. Carry a Beaded Bag During the Day

Quirky beaded bags are winter’s answer to summer’s straw totes, except that you can truly wear them all year round. 

Shop similar styles: H&M top ($80); Good American jeans ($165); Shashi bag ($138); ASOS flats ($29)

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But on an unexpected piece, like Coterie member Katie Sturino does here with a killer robe coat.

Shop similar styles: Forever 21 jacket ($25); Lands’ End turtleneck ($30; $18); Spanx leggings ($98); Lipsy fanny pack ($42; $16); Everlane flats ($115)

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17. Bring Out the Pastel Hues

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

Shop similar styles: Soia & Kyo coat ($345); Stradivarius blazer ($60) and pants ($30); Santoni shoes ($920)

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18. Wear the Color of the Year in an Unexpected Way

Classic blue was officially announced the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year, and while you likely already own plenty of pieces in this calming hue, you may not have thought to pair them with bright contrasting hues like ultra violet and last year’s NYFW darling, marigold yellow.

Shop similar styles: Polo Ralph Lauren sweater ($148); Rebecca Minkoff skirt ($168); Paris Texas boots ($610)

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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, slick pointy-toe boots and a perfectly coifed ’do and you’re singing yourself a different tune altogether.

Shop similar styles: Luv Aj earrings ($55); Topshop shacket ($110); Ganni pants ($225; $112); Jeffrey Campbell boots ($125)

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20. Brighten Up a Rainy Day with Funky Accessories

Swap your boring black raincoat for a futuristic clear version, then add a floral umbrella and bright off-white boots. Not so dreary now, is it?

Shop similar styles: Marimekko umbrella ($50); Avec Les Filles rain jacket ($89); Wolf & Badger blazer ($365); PS Paul Smith pants ($395); Marc Fisher Ltd boots ($220; $132)

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21. 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 jacket ($60; $42); Levi’s jeans ($98); Feed Projects clutch ($38; $28); Naturalizer shoes ($79)

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22. Or Try a Pastel Version

Colorful skinny jeans had their moment (which has thankfully come and gone, for now), but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with non-blue washes in other silhouettes. Swap your typical blue jean jacket for one in a delicate peach, bright red or deep yellow to shake things up.

Shop similar styles: Gap jacket ($80; $68); English Factory top ($71); Paige jeans ($239; $192); JW Pei bag ($79; $45); Sam Edelman boots ($180)

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23. Try a Boiler Suit

This super easy look might be even more comfortable than our favorite sweats. Cinch your waist with a belt and toss on a pair of heels to avoid feeling like you’re on your way to repair a faulty transmission.

Shop similar styles: L.F.Markey boiler suit ($243); Rag & Bone boots ($525)

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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.

Shop similar styles: Cupcakes and Cashmere trench coat ($170); Seventy blazer ($595; $357) and pants ($362; $218); Mackage clutch ($350); Tamara Mellon heels ($395)

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25. Swap Your Coat for a Chunky Sweater and Blazer

You’ve still got your layers, but they can be worn all day and exude a more professional vibe.

Shop similar styles: Rebecca Minkoff sweater ($198); Veronica Beard blazer ($695) and pants ($395); Reiss bag ($295); Cordani shoes ($294)

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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).

Shop similar styles: Cupcakes and Cashmere coat ($188; $132); H&M blazer ($50); Rachel Comey blouse ($350); 1.State pants ($99); Jimmy Choo heels ($625)

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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.

Shop similar styles: Anthropologie sweater ($150; $100); Lulus pants ($52; $31); Cole Haan shoes ($130)

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28. Break Out a Sweater Vest

They’re not just for teachers anymore. Wear yours with cozy knit pants for a less studious vibe.

Shop similar styles: Everlane turtleneck ($35); Brooks Brothers sweater vest ($298); H&M pants ($30); Cariuma sneakers ($79)

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29. Play with Proportions

Pop quiz: What’s the best way to balance a voluminous top with wide-leg pants? We think the answer is a bright white belt at the waist.

Shop similar styles: & Other Stories top ($69); Michael Kors belt ($68); AMO pants ($260); Sam Edelman heels ($140)

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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.

Shop similar styles: ALO Yoga sweatshirt ($108); Reformation dress ($248; $149); Charles & Keith bag ($86); Marc Fisher Ltd boots ($189)

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31. Dress Up a Pair of Paper-Bag Pants

A vintage boxy jacket and chic slim-fit boots turn this into an outfit that highlights both your tiny-looking waistline and your killer taste.

Shop similar styles: Marks & Spencer jacket ($105); Madewell T-shirt ($20); Ona pants ($225); Vagabond boots ($160)

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