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 sweatpants, black tights or heavy winter 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).
31 Outfit Ideas to Start the New Year in Style
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2. Wear a Sweater Like a Scarf
First you’re cold, then you’re hot, then you’re making bad jokes about Katy Perry songs. Instead of choosing between wearing too much or too little, try adding an extra layer in an unexpected way—drape a sweater over your shoulders and let the sleeves hang down like a scarf, just like Coterie member Shanna Battle. Now if you get chilly you can just slip it on under your coat.
Shop similar styles: Reiss Agnes Wool Coat ($640); Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater ($148); Everlane Long-Sleeve Cotton Tee ($40); Agolde ’90s Pinch-Waist Jeans ($178); Sam Edelman Lorraine Loafers (
3. Dress Down Faux-Leather Pants
Leather pants continue to be one of the biggest fashion trends as we head into 2023, but if you’re still not entirely sure how to pull them off, this might just be your ticket in. Opt for a pair of straight-leg pants (they have more of a posh vibe than leggings or joggers) and layer them under a half-zip sweatshirt. The result is a look that’s both pulled-together and laid back, not to mention comfortable, too.
Shop similar styles: Vuori Restore Half-Zip Sweatshirt ($118); Abercrombie & Fitch ‘90s Straight Faux-Leather Pants ($110); Cuyana Leather Top-Handle Crossbody Bag ($248); Nike Revolution 6 Sneakers (
4. Rock Hiking Boots with a Ladylike Skirt
With all that rain, snow and sleet, the sidewalks are bound to be pretty slippery, meaning you might want to give your beloved 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 have to wear, like, snow pants. The unexpected pairing of rugged boots and a pretty, pleated skirt will still look chic, so long as you keep the colors neutral and stick to wintry fabrics (like wool, leather or velvet).
5. Roll Your Hems Rather Than Tuck Them In
Unless you’re rocking true skinny jeans, it can prove mighty difficult to comfortably tuck the hem of your pants into a pair of boots. So just skip that step altogether. Instead, roll the hems of your pants and pin them from the inside so they stay in place while you walk.
6. Try Wednesday Addams-Inspired “Soft Goth”
Think less creepy, more kooky. All-black goth looks are trending once more, largely thanks to Jenna Ortega’s charming turn as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s Wednesday. But rather than go all out, fans are adopting a ‘soft goth’ approach with delicate fabrics, more tailored cuts and even pops of white.
7. Wear a Turtleneck Under a Wrap Dress
A scarf can offer protection from the cold while on your commute, but a thin turtleneck layered under your favorite wrap dress will help keep you warm inside too. We love the idea of choosing two contrasting colors or prints, but matching also works well if that’s more your style.
8. Layer a Vest Over a Coat
On truly cold days, why not double up on outerwear to ensure you stay nice and warm, no matter what? Try slipping a vest (short or long) on over a longer wool coat for a cool layered look. Be sure to choose pieces in different colors to really play up the effect.
9. 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. Transform your go-to New Year’s Eve skirt with just few styling tweaks—swap your silky cami for a cozy turtleneck and a celebratory faux-fur coat for a tailored blazer. Voilà! Carrie Bradshaw would be so proud.
10. Break Out Your Ballet Flats
Ballet flats are back, but rather than pair soft, sock-like styles with skinny jeans, as you might have in the early aughts, we highly suggest opting instead for a more structured pair worn with tailored trousers that show off a little ankle.
Shop similar styles: Lauren Ralph Lauren Double-Breasted Blazer (
$295; $235); Ann Taylor High-Waist Easy Ankle Pants ($98); Tory Burch Mini Less Radziwill Bag ($548); Cole Haan Bridge Mary Jane Ballet Flats ($150)
11. 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.
Shop similar styles: Brixton Cohen Cowboy Hat ($109); Calvin Klein Walker Wool Overcoat (
$400; $240); J.Crew Sydney Wide-Leg Pants ($128); Naghedi St. Barths Woven Bag ($270); Vionic Karsen Boots ( $130; $75)
12. Layer a Big Coat Over Light Layers
There’s always someplace we frequent that has the heat on as high as can be, yet we’re dressed in layers upon layers of wool. Next time, stick to lighter options, like a lace or silk blouse, layered under you warmest coat to avoid freezing on your way over.
Shop similar styles: Abercrombie & Fitch Sherpa Mod Coat ($180); For Love & Lemons Lacey Blouse ($119); Banana Republic Rivoli Corduroy Wide-Leg Pants (
$150; $90); Calvin Klein Odeli d'Orsay Flats ($99)
13. Try Just One Stand-Out Piece
Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to take more fashion risks or maybe you’re just bored with your usual neutral-hued winter wardrobe. Try mixing things up with a brightly colored plaid skirt or another seasonal pattern sandwiched between safe classics, like a black blouse and black boots. It’s an easy way to rake in the compliments and shake up your style.
14. Sport an Old-School Favorite
This past year saw lots of folks dressing like they were kids again, but that doesn’t necessarily mean looking like an actual child. Opt for clean black overalls instead of light blue washes with distressing, then pair them with a cozy cashmere knit in a luxe neutral hue, some stand-out sneakers and sleek jewelry (like gold hoops or pearl studs) to keep things grown-up.
15. Swap Your Wool Scarf For Silk
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.
Shop similar styles: Elizabetta Gabr9iella Silk Foulard Scarf ($164); Open Edit Single-Button Blazer ($75); Madewell Northside Vintage Cotton T-shirt ($19); Agolde ’90s Pinch-Waist Jeans ($178); Soil & Sun Christy Shopper Bag ($235); Boden Chunky Lug-Sole Loafers ($180)
16. Give a Parisian Beanie a Try
True, when styled correctly, a beret won’t offer much coverage for your ears, but for warmer winter days when you could still use a hat it offers a chic twist on the usual wool cap. And don’t be afraid to try a light colored material, like snow white or buttercup yellow, rather than sticking with classic black.
17. Swap Your Decades-Old Puffer for a Vest Version
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.
Shop similar styles: Chok.Lids Cotton Bucket Hat ($15); Free People To the Max Down Vest ($128); Joules Coast Waterproof Jacket (
$150; $82); Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans ( $90; $54); Vagabond Janick Boots ($265)
18. Rock a Denim Midi
Denim midi and maxi skirts are popping up all over NYC, so we suspect it’s only a matter of time before they show up all across the country. The great thing about wearing them in winter is that all that material will keep your legs nice and warm, while still looking wonderfully chic.
Shop similar styles: Nasty Gal Faux-Leather Trench Coat (
$202; $101); Alex Mill Striped Button-Back Sweater ($135); Frame Denim Midi Skirt ( $228; $137); Nordstrom Valentina Leather Knee-High Boots ( $170; $136)
19. Add a Touch of Old-Hollywood Glamour
Tie a silk scarf over your head and under your chin, then slip into a pair of luxe leather or suede gloves for a Rita Hayworth-era look.
Shop similar styles: Tory Burch Silk Scarf ($198); Scotch & Soda Coat ($444); Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater ($145); UGG Shearling and Leather Tech Gloves ($100); Alex Mill Boyish Chino Pants ($145); Free People Braydon Tall Boot ($368)
20. Incorporate Sparkly Pieces Into Your Everyday Wardrobe
It doesn’t need to be a special evening to wear sequins or glitter. These festive trousers pair just as nicely with a cozy oversize sweatshirt and casual kicks for a weekend event with friends.
21. Invest In (and Wear) Some High-Quality Basics
The difference between a stunning minimalist ensemble and boring basics all comes down to fit and fabric. No, you don’t need to blow your budget on designer pieces, but high-quality fabrics like cashmere or wool will almost always look better than acrylic blends (in addition to being much comfier). Similarly, a good tailor can take a pair of slouchy ill-fitting trousers and give them a much more flattering, professional-looking fit.
22. Rock Winter White From Head to Toe
23. Sport High-Shine Leather
Glossy patent leather may seem intimidating at first, but a loose silhouette paired with cozy knits and casual flats makes the fabric feel much more accessible.
Shop similar styles: Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater ($158); Abercrombie & Fitch ’90s Faux Patent Leather Pants ($110); Birdies The Starling Shoes ($145)
24. Mix and Match Shades of Beige
How do you make an all-beige ensemble look exciting? By mixing and matching contrasting shades rather than attempting to match perfectly.
Shop similar styles: Roxanne Assoulin Dunes Necklace Set ($110); Summersalt The Camp Shirt ($85); Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch Bag ($2,500); Frame Timeless Buckle Belt ($198); Favorite Daughter Pleat Pants ($218)
25. Swap Black Tights for Gray
Here, Jenna Lyons teaches us how to soften a stark black-and-white outfit like a pro.
Shop similar styles: Jocelyn Leather and Shearling Coat ($450); Abercrombie & Fitch YPB neoKNIT Crew Sweatshirt ($70); Club Monaco Boiled Wool Skirt ($180); Calzedonia Soft Modal-Cashmere Blend Tights ($20); Marc Fisher LTD Sassie Heels (
26. Mix It Up With Different Textures
Leather and faux fur and terrycloth, oh my! It might sound like a lot to handle, but Coterie member Tyla-Lauren Gilmore shows us how to do it with style. (P.S., It’s also a great way to dress up cozy staples like fleece sweats or velour joggers.)
27. Look Ahead to Valentine’s Day
No need to wait for February 14 to sport a date-night-ready, all red ensemble. Heart prints, shades of rose, burgundy, rust and candy-apple red and subtly sexy silhouettes work for just about any night of the year (yes, even when worn together), so why not test-drive next month’s look now?
28. Show Some Skin in a Miniskirt
Yes, you can wear a miniskirt in the middle of January. Pro tip from Coterie member Katie Sturino: Pair it with some over-the-knee boots and a long coat to give it a wintry vibe. (Of course, you can also add some sheer tights if your legs tend to get chilly.)
29. Break Your Fall Dresses Out of Storage
30. Try a Stylish Sweater Vest
Still haven’t quite figured out how to rock the sweater vest trend? Try sticking to only black, white or black-and-white pieces. It will give the nerdy knitwear a more posh and grown-up vibe.
Shop similar styles: J.Crew Relaxed-Fit Cotton Poplin Shirt ($90); ASTR the Label Primrose Sweater Vest ($88); See by Chloe Mara Evening Bag ($395); Lou & Grey Feel Good Wide-Leg Pants ($90); Franco Sarto Stevie Boots ($190)
31. Try Muted Pastel 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 frosted winter wonderland.