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With the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, it can be easy to default to wearing opaque tights and puffer coats. 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 brain power to focus on more important things (like figuring out how to actually stick to that new ketogenic lifestyle).

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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: Kobi Halperin blouse ($233); & Other Stories pants ($59)

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Layer a silky tunic over structured pants

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

Get the look: Swarovski earrings ($169); COS dress ($115); Chloé pants ($340); Mango shoes ($60)

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MATCH ALL YOUR EXTRAS

Sort of. In order not to get too matchy-matchy, try multiple shades of a color for a look that’s coordinated without trying too hard.

Get the look: Falari hat ($9); Free People jacket ($200); J.Crew turtleneck ($30); Frame jeans ($240); Sam Edelman boots ($55)

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Give the #1 print of 2019 a try

Zebra stripes are quickly overtaking leopard spots as the top print of the new year. 

Get the look: ASOS sweater ($35); Zimmermann skirt ($440); Mango bag ($70); Via Spiga shoes ($165)

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Rethink a leather skirt

The naturally sexy fabric doesn't feel quite so agressive in a flouncy cut. Pair with a fuzzy sweater and Mary Janes to really tone down the edgy vibes.

Get the look: Zaful sweater ($22); Rebecca Taylor skirt ($182); ASOS tights ($10); Loeffler Randall shoes ($188)

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SWAP YOUR DECADES-OLD PUFFER FOR A Long Vest Version

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

Get the look: Title Nine puffer vest ($190); Everlane turtleneck ($22)

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BELT YOUR SCARF

Don’t just wear a scarf around your neck. Make it part of your dress or outerwear by tucking it into your belt.

Get the look: Chan Luu scarf ($172); Tibi dress and belt ($595); True Decadence clutch ($38); Sam Edelman heels ($140)

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OR DRAPE A FAUX-FUR VERSION OVER YOUR SHOULDER

A fuzzy accessory instantly ups the luxe factor of any outfit, plus it’s extra nice to snuggle into when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose.

Get the look: Charlotte Simone scarf ($443); Guess jacket ($76); Everlane sweater ($100); American Eagle Outfitters jeans ($60); Aldo heels ($70)

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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. They pair just as nicely with a cozy oversize sweater or graphic tee for work, brunch or whatever else you have planned.

Get the look: Lou & Grey sweater ($80); Lovers + Friends pants ($188)

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Or high-shine leather

Glossy patent leather is trending for 2019, 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: Zadig & Voltaire sweater ($398) I.AM.GIA pants ($120); ASOS slides ($40)

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DARE TO GO OUT SANS TIGHTS

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 ($15); ASOS White sweater ($103); J.Crew skirt ($128); Loeffler Randall handbag ($295); Loeffler Randall boots ($695)

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Mix Big and Small

Sizes of plaid, that is. Have fun with proportions knowing that patterns in the same color family will almost always look good together.

Get the look: Something Navy blazer ($99); L.L.Bean shirt ($50); Free People pants ($60); Nordstrom Signature boots ($150)

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BRING RED INTO YOUR WORK UNIFORM

Make like Krystal Bick and bring a bright, bold red to a polished, professional ensemble.

Get the look: Lauren Ralph Lauren coat ($220); Everlane turtleneck ($150); Press skirt ($60); & Other Stories boots ($195)

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SHOW OFF YOUR CURVES (WHILE STAYING WARM)

Alyssa Amoroso’s look here is proof that you can wear a sweater dress and still look sexy.

Get the look: Chico's beret ($15); Boohoo sweater dress ($20); Rockport shoes ($130)

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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: Boden coat ($239); Cupcakes and Cashmere top ($57); AGOLDE jeans ($198); Meli Melo bag ($380); Calvin Klein heels ($70)

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Swap Black Tights for Gray

Use them to soften a stark black and white outfit.

Get the look: Lovers + Friends coat ($248); Varley sweater ($110); Nic + Zoe skirt ($118); LOFT tights ($17); Sam Edelman heels ($140)

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GROUND YOUR MOST OVER-THE-TOP PIECES

A red, oversize faux-fur coat like Ijeoma Kola's can feel like a bit much for everyday use, 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); Rixo top ($153); ASKK jeans ($165); Kork-Ease boots ($190)

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SHOW SOME SKIN

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 wintery vibe.

Get the look: Madewell sweater ($80); Derek Lam 10 Crosby skirt ($477); Kurt Geiger London boots ($295)

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ROCK YOUR CARDI LIKE A SASH

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

Get the look: Banana Republic cardigan ($71); Boden dress ($65); J.Crew shoes ($87)

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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: Anthropologie Ribbed turtleneck sweater ($98); Vince skirt ($127); Vagabond Shoemakers heels ($140)

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CUT DOWN ON BULK WITH A CROPPED SWEATER

A crop top in January? Take a note from Coterie member Caroline Juen and pair your short knits with high-waisted pants and skirts to keep everything covered and warm.

Get the look: Topshop coat ($75); Diane von Furstenberg sweater ($209); Express pants ($80); Free People boots ($148)

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BREAK YOUR FALL DRESSES OUT OF STORAGE

No need to stow those babies away for next year. Just layer them over a thin knit, toss on some cute booties, like Coterie member Taye Hansberry, and you’re good to go.

Get the look: Unreal Fur coat ($204); L.L.Bean turtleneck ($28); Misa Los Angeles dress ($193); Aerosoles boots ($100)

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PLAY WITH LAYERS

Your walk to work is frigid, but your office feels like a sauna. Think like an onion and pile on layer after layer until you're ready for any temperature.

Get the look: &Daughter sweater ($455); ASOS tunic ($51); COS skirt ($125); Kurt Geiger London boots ($295)

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WEAR A LONG VEST OVER A JACKET

Sad that you only got to wear your lightweight jackets for a few days this year? Throw a long, warm vest on top and you'll be able to get even more use out of those autumnal coats.

Get the look: Banana Republic vest ($219); Harris Warf London coat ($535); ASKK jeans ($165); Journee boots ($65)

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DIY Your Own Fanny Pack

If you're not yet ready to take the plunge and spend real money on this surprising trend, simpley follow Sommar Theodore’s fashionable lead and take a small bag you already own, wrap the strap or chain around your waist and tighten so it will stay in place. Voilà!

Get the look: Eloquii dress ($110); Furla bag ($179); Aerosoles boots ($65)

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MAKE YOUR COAT THE STAR OF THE SHOW

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

Get the look: Marc Jacobs coat ($570); ImpastaWear T-shirt ($); 7 For All Mankind jeans ($129); J. Reneé heels ($90)

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MIX IT UP WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES

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: Old Navy jacket ($50); J.Crew turtleneck ($30); Alexa Chung skirt ($262); M4D3 Footwear heels ($120)

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EMBRACE PAJAMA DRESSING

Wearing a slip dress and robe coat might feel like a no-no, but if you go for luxe fabrics (like velvet and satin), you'll keep the look elevated.

Get the look: Jonquil robe ($154); Les Rêveries dress ($595); Jeffrey Campbell boots ($125)

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ADD A SINGLE POP OF COLOR

Couple a bright hue (like Kelly green or electric blue) with your favorite neutrals for a simple outfit upgrade, just like Coterie member Courtney Danielle.

Get the look: Reclaimed Vintage coat ($158); J.Jill top ($30); Zella pants ($75); Marc Jacobs bag ($350); Coconuts by Matisse boots ($90)

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DOUBLE UP ON SCARVES

Make sure to layer different shapes and textures to nail the look. Your neck has never been so cozy.

Get the look: A New Day faux-fur scarf ($20); Tory Burch scarf ($198); ASOS coat ($111); Parker Smith jeans ($99); Prada shoes ($448)

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Try MUTED COLORS

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

Get the look: Burberry coat ($1,520); & Other Stories sweater ($59); Appleseeds pants ($60); Mix No. 6 heels ($40)

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