31 Outfit Ideas to Start the New Year in Style
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wear, but a simple pair of black skinny jeans and some cozy ankle boots bring it back down to earth.
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 wintry vibe.
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.
CUT DOWN ON BULK WITH A CROPPED SWEATER
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.
BREAK YOUR FALL DRESSES OUT OF STORAGE
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.
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).
Puff Up Your Scarf
Forget puffer coats, winter 2020 is all about the puffer scarf and it’s exactly as comfy as it sounds.
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.
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.
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.