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It’s January, which means the days are short, the temps are still dropping and somehow our New Year’s resolutions have already gone out the window. So yeah, it’s hard not to default to wearing opaque tights and puffer coats every day. Well, these 31 women are here to prove that winter dressing doesn’t have to be boring. Here is an entire month’s worth of styling ideas, so you can use your brainpower to focus on more important things (like figuring out what to do with all those Amazon boxes left over from the holidays).

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Sport colorful velvet

Black velvet? Been there, done that. Spice things up with pink, green or even bright yellow, instead.

Get the look: Eileen Fisher blouse ($298; $157); Glamorous pants ($48)

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Layer a silky tunic over structured pants

The ultimate day-to-night duo, luxe satin is the perfect balance to stiff wool.

Get the look: Ettika earrings ($65); Anne Klein tunic ($79); LVIR pants ($215); Serpui Marie bag ($299); Marc Fisher shoes ($60; $50)

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Belt a Bulky Coat with a Delicate Ribbon

You love your faux-fur topper, but all that fluff tends to bury your figure and your regular belts just won't work. Tie a simple black ribbon around your waist instead to give some shape to your silhouette and make your coat feel just a little bit more special.

Get the look: Diane von Furstenberg coat ($345); Creative Ideas ribbon ($12); Old Navy jeans ($40; $30); Brahmin bag ($445); Botkier heels ($138; $83)

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Give a Leather Duster a Try

This time of year we tend to reach for the puffiest puffers we can find, but leather is actually pretty warm (and looks infinitely cooler, no offense to the Amazon Coat). Opt for a long jacket in place of a cropped moto to really feel the fabric’s cold-blocking abilities. 

Get the look: Each X Other coat ($800; $322); Court & Rowe sweater ($79); Agolde jeans ($198); Reebok sneakers ($90)

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Wrap a Silk Scarf Around Your Neck

We typically like to leave our silk scarves loosely tied to show off their pretty patterns, but wrapping one multiple times around your neck will provide much more protection from the cold and is a fun way to shake up a classic style.

Get the look: Echo scarf ($65); AllSaints blazer ($198); Monrow shirt ($106); Lucky Brand jeans ($119; $55); Franco Sarto shoes ($89; $50)

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Give 2020's Hottest Boot a Go

Snakeskin boots are at the top of every fashionista's wishlist right now. We absolutely plan to follow in Coterie member Babba Canales's path and give our new favorite boots their moment in the spotlight by keeping the rest of our look simple with dark-wash denim and navy basics.

Get the look: Court & Rowe coat ($199); Levi's jacket ($98; $70) and jeans ($168; $117); Vince Camuto boots ($230)

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Just as warm as a down jacket, but looks way cooler. Bonus: It can easily layer over your lighter coats for a super-warm effect.

Get the look: The North Face puffer vest ($179); Everlane turtleneck ($28)

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Incorporate Sparkly Pieces Into Your Everyday Wardrobe

It doesn’t need to be a special evening to wear sequins or glitter. These wacky trousers pair just as nicely with a cozy oversize sweater or graphic tee for work, brunch or whatever else you have planned.

Get the look: Lovers + Friends sweater ($158); Neon Blonde pants ($158)

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Or high-shine leather

Glossy patent leather is trending for 2020, and while it may seem intimidating at first, a loose silhouette paired with cozy knits and casual flats makes the fabric feel much more accessible.

Get the look: Banana Republic sweater ($90); I.AM.GIA pants ($120); Birdies slides ($120)

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Mix Big and Small

Have fun with proportions knowing that different patterns in the same color family will almost always look good together.

Get the look: Chelsea28 blazer ($109); L.L.Bean shirt ($50); Seventy pants ($362); Halogen boots ($110; $66)

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Choose a skirt that goes just a few inches past the top of your boots, like Jessie Loeffler Randall, to keep your legs nice and warm without having to go through the struggle of putting on tights.

Get the look: Uniqlo turtleneck ($20); ASOS White sweater ($103; $41); Joseph skirt ($405; $170); Sensei Studio handbag ($168; $84); Loeffler Randall boots ($695)

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Stand out from the crowd in bold red

Break free of the all-black-everything winter trap and try a bright, bold red for a gorgeous pop that will make you stand out in the absolute best way.

Get the look: Mackage coat ($750); Court & Rowe sweater ($89; 72); Kate Spade New York bag ($358); Dolce Vita shoes ($142)

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Proof that you can wear a sweater dress and still look sexy. Add tall boots for day, then swap them out for some strappy heels come date night.

Get the look: Eliza J sweater dress ($138); Sam Edelman boots ($250; $150)

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Lighten Things Up

Instead of reaching for your dark-wash jeans and gray overcoat yet again, switch it around and pull on a pair of lighter jeans and a colorful coat, like Coterie member Olivia Jeanette.

Get the look: Helene Berman coat ($345); Frame blouse ($285); AGOLDE jeans ($198); Mansur Gavriel bag ($610); Vince Camuto heels ($100)

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Swap Black Tights for Gray

Here, Jenna Lyons teaches us how to soften a stark black-and-white outfit.

Get the look: Anine Bing coat ($499); Everlane sweater ($100); Lee Matthews skirt ($299; $209); LOFT tights ($17); Sam Edelman heels ($140)

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A red, oversize faux-fur coat like Ijeoma Kola's can feel like a bit much for everyday wear, but a simple pair of black skinny jeans and some cozy ankle boots bring it back down to earth.

Get the look: Apparis coat ($295); Free People blouse ($98); ASKK jeans ($165); Kork-Ease boots ($190)

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Embrace the New Neutrals

Yes, black and navy will never be out of style, but in 2020 we’re excited to embrace more unexpected, though no less versatile, hues like caramel brown and eggplant, especially when worn together.

Get the look: BB Dakota coat ($168); Eliza J. dress ($138; $83)

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Yes, you can wear a miniskirt in the middle of January. Pro tip from Coterie member Barbie Conga: Pair it with some over-the-knee boots and a cozy sweater to give it that wintry vibe.

Get the look: Ivyrevel sweater ($103); Bar III skirt ($80; $48); Rebecca Minkoff backpack ($328; $149); Stuart Weitzman boots ($850; $425)

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Draping a sweater over one shoulder instead of tying it around your waist helps avoid the illusion of extra bulk on your hips.

Get the look: J.Crew cardigan ($75); Boden dress ($150; $75); Louise et Cie shoes ($119; $72)

RELATED: 8 Brand-New Ways to Rock a Cardigan

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Give Your Tulle Skirt a Post-Holiday Makeover

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you need to stop wearing your favorite fancy pieces. Pair a tulle skirt with a tough moto jacket and simple ankle boots for an everyday look that doesn't scream New Year's Eve.

Get the look: Lucky Brand jacket ($500; 250); Vince Camuto top ($79); Morning Lavender skirt ($67); Marc Fisher boots ($80; $70)

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Rock Winter White from head to Toe

So crisp, so fresh, so getting pinned to our style Pinterest board.

Get the look: Madewell sweater ($98); Silk Laundry skirt ($230); Enzo Angiolini heels ($89; $54)

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A crop top in January? Absolutely! So long as it's a cozy knit instead of a cotton tee. Pair your short knits with high-waisted pants and skirts to keep everything covered and warm.

Get the look: ASOS sweater ($32); ASOS pants ($48); Rebecca Minkoff bag ($228; $99); Rag & Bone heels ($395)

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It's time to pull your fave summer dresses from storage. Just layer them under a cozy knit, toss on some tall boots and you’re good to go.

Get the look: Lou & Grey sweater ($80); Rhode dress ($445; $250); Angela Roi bag ($155); Kenneth Cole New York boots ($225)

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Make a statement with vibrant gloves

Shake up the vibe of your classic plaid coat and add a hit of bold color with a pair of warm gloves in a neon hue.

Get the look: The Great coat ($450); Tory Sport gloves ($68)

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Rock Hiking Boots with a Femme Skirt

With all that rain, snow and sleet, the sidewalks are bound to be pretty slippery, meaning you might want to give your beloved high-heeled boots a break (just for a little while). But just because you’re swapping to more serious high-traction shoes doesn’t mean you can’t keep wearing them with a pretty pleated skirt. The unexpected pair will still look great, so long as you keep the colors neutral and stick to wintry fabrics (like wool, leather or velvet).

Get the look: Rachel Parcell coat ($129); Anthropologie sweater ($98; $59); Laura Ashley skirt ($79; $52); Kodiak boots ($175; $124)

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A giant faux-fur coat makes even the most basic T-shirt-and-jeans outfit feel fresh again.

Get the look: Sanctuary coat ($170); Fine Wine and Threads T-shirt ($14); PacSun jeans ($60; $39); J. Reneé heels ($90)

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Leather and corduroy and suede, oh my! It might sound like a lot to handle, but Coterie member Monroe Steele shows us how to do it elegantly.

Get the look: BlankNYC jacket ($198); J.Crew turtleneck ($30); Ellejay skirt ($178); Nine West heels ($89)

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Puff Up Your Scarf

Forget puffer coats, winter 2020 is all about the puffer scarf and it’s exactly as comfy as it sounds. 

Get the look: Nordstrom scarf ($50; $38); Madewell coat ($328)

RELATED: Puffer Scarves Are the Baby Duvets You Need Around Your Neck This Winter

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Replace Black with gray

With spring so far in the future, it's easy to fall into a routine of wearing all-black everything. And while you might not be the kind of person who wants to wear vibrant red or sunshine yellow during the winter, you can and should switch to a lighter neutral like gray.

Get the look: Hat Attack hat ($120); Lauren Ralph Lauren coat ($297; $179); Inhabit sweater ($328; $108); Furla bag ($498); Theory pants ($455; $273)

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Go heavy handed with Jewelry

Baroque pearls, glittering rhinestones, gold chains, silver studs, even summery shells—piling on glamorous necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings is quite possibly the easiest way to dress up a monochrome outfit or a simple sweater.

Get the look: Jenny Walton earrings ($80); Monica Vinader necklace ($895); Gorjana necklace ($58); Shashi necklace ($50); Luiny necklace ($148; $89)

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Try MUTED Hues

Who says pastels are appropriate only in spring? Bring on the robin's-egg blues, delicate lilacs and pale greens for a look that evokes a winter wonderland.

Get the look: Theory jacket ($475) and pants ($275); & Other Stories sweater ($59; $29); 27 Edit heels ($135; $68)

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