31 Outfit Ideas to Start the New Year in Style

Spring 2021 outfit ideas

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, opaque tights or 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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1. PAIR BOLD ACCESSORIES WITH A COZY SWEATSUIT

Dress up your matching loungewear with a brightly-hued mini bag and some patterned pointy-toe boots. Even better if you add on a few glam pieces of jewelry.

Shop similar styles:

The North Face coat ($350);

Pangaia sweatshirt ($130) and sweatpants ($110);

Jacquemus bag ($810);

Marine Serre boots ($744)

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2. 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 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).

Shop similar styles:

FP Movement coat ($168);

BP sweater ($35; $28);

Proenza Schouler skirt ($450);

Sorel boots ($200)

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3. 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:

Echo scarf ($44);

Open Edit blazer ($75; $60);

Everlane T-shirt ($24);

Agolde jeans ($178);

Loeffler Randall bag ($450);

Margaux shoes ($298)

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4. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Abercrombie & Fitch coat ($160; $120);

Frame jeans ($215);

Rag & Bone boots ($395)

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5. 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:

LaLigne sweater ($275);

ASOS Edition pants ($225);

Birdies shoes ($140)

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6. 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 bright 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.

Shop similar styles:

L’Agence top ($250);

ModCloth skirt ($74);

Schutz boots ($178)

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7. 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.

Shop similar styles:

A.L.C. coat ($695);

Tommy Jeans shirt ($69; $25);

Stradivarius jeans ($48; $32);

Jeffrey Campbell heels ($140)

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8. 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 scarf ($228);

OOF coat ($450; $270);

Everlane sweater ($120);

UGG gloves ($100);

Alex Mill pants ($135);

Free People boots ($298)

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9. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Le Specs sunglasses ($69);

Vince sweater ($395);

New York & Company pants ($130; $65);

Steve Madden boots ($100)

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10. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Nordstrom Signature sweater ($299; $240);

Vince pants ($325);

Tory Burch bag ($348);

Stuart Weitzman boots ($595)

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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:

Gigi Pip hat ($112);

Michael Kors coat ($295);

Banana Republic pants ($130);

Cuyana bag ($225);

Sam Edelman boots ($160)

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12. OR NEUTRALS WITH VIBRANT SPLASHES OF COLOR

On the other hand, if you are the kind of person who enjoys a pop of color, why stop at replacing black with gray when you can go all in on bold reds, yellows or blues? Use Coterie member Monroe Steele’s cheerful orange skirt, bright multi-colored knit and dove gray boots to inspire your own stand-out ensemble.

Shop similar styles:

Olivia Rubin sweater ($338);

Galvan skirt ($735; $441);

Calvin Klein boots ($130; $92)

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13. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Mejuri earrings ($70);

White + Warren sweater ($325);

Madewell overalls ($158);

Nike sneakers ($95)

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14. 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 hat ($14);

Save The Duck vest ($188);

Joules jacket ($140);

Levi’s jeans ($90);

Schutz boots ($168)

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15. TRY AN UNEXPECTED COLOR COMBO

Bright, colorful outfits are a major trend in 2022, but rather than stick with the usual combinations, why not think a little outside the box? Pale lilac and brilliant yellow look surprisingly pretty together, and the combination is sure to bring a smile to your face, or at the very least a reminder of the warm spring weather to come.

Shop similar styles:

Aqua Cashmere sweater ($178; $80);

Heartbreak pants ($43; $30);

ASOS bag ($40; $20);

BCBGeneration heels ($99)

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16. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Caslon sweater ($59; $48);

Ena Pelly blazer ($188);

B-Low the Belt belt ($145);

Needle & Thread skirt ($449);

J.Reneé heels ($100)

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17. 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:

Topshop blouse ($69);

Bottega Veneta bag ($2,000);

Madewell belt ($48);

Favorite Daughter pants ($218)

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18. EMBRACE THE LOUNGERIE TREND

In 2020 loungewear was all about the matching tie-dye sweatsuits, and in 2021 it was luxe cashmere sets. This year the comfy trend has evolved in something Pinterest has dubbed “loungerie,” aka a combination of loungewear and lingerie. Think silky pjs, flowy nightgowns and lots of lace paneling.

Shop similar styles:

Sleeper pajamas ($320);

8 Other Reasons earrings ($53);

Badgley Mischka shoes ($225)

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19. TRY TRENDY COWBOY BOOTS

Cowboy boots are trending for 2022, in all heights and colors. But we still think the most fun way to wear this western-inspired piece is by slipping into a pair in a bright color or unexpected pattern, like zebra print. Layer on some additional prints that all have at least one color in common to keep things cohesive.

Shop similar styles:

Reformation coat ($328; $164);

Krisa dress ($209);

Cult Gaia bag ($518);

Dingo boots ($130)

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20. ROCK WINTER WHITE FROM HEAD TO TOE

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

Shop similar styles:

Everlane sweater ($100);

Vince skirt ($265);

Sam Edelman heels ($140)

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21. MATCH YOUR PUFFER COAT TO A PUFFER BAG

Puffy, duvet-inspired handbags are a major trend this winter, but perhaps the most fun way to wear them is with a coordinating puffer coat. Double the puff means double the comfort, right Coco Bassey?

Shop similar styles:

Ted Baker London tote ($195);

Save The Duck coat ($278);

Free People boots ($168)

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22. 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 coat ($375);

BP sweater ($35; $28);

Alex Mill skirt ($155);

H&M tights ($15);

Marc Fisher LTD heels ($150)

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23. 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.)

Shop similar styles:

Ramy Brook coat ($595; $417);

Treasure & Bond sweater ($59; $48);

Skims sweatpants ($88);

Comme Des Garçons Play sneakers ($150)

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24. 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?

Shop similar styles:

Wolf & Badger dress ($118; $83);

Nine West boots ($189; $142)

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25. 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:

J.Crew coat ($268);

Anthropologie top ($120);

Tibi pants ($495);

Linea Paolo shoes ($120)

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26. 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.)

Shop similar styles:

Eloquii coat ($185);

L.L.Bean T-shirt ($28);

ASOS Curve skirt ($32; $21);

Italeau boots ($600; $476)

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27. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH YOUR WINTER ACCESSORIES

No need to stick with wool or cashmere, or even solid colors, for that matter. Have some fun with silk scarves and vibrant prints that remind you of spring (which will be here before you know it).

Shop similar styles:

Madewell scarf ($13);

Le Specs sunglasses ($79);

Tory Burch face mask ($35 for set of five);

ASOS Design blazer ($85)

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28. 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.

Shop similar styles:

Sam Edelman coat ($498; $350);

Amanda Uprichard top ($172);

Levi’s jeans ($90);

Mansur Gavriel bag ($595);

Everlane shoes ($115)

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29. 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 or jacket, toss on some tall boots and you’re good to go.

Shop similar styles:

Avec Les Filles coat ($180; $108);

ASOS dress ($58);

Dolce Vita boots ($130)

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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 shirt ($80);

Fore sweater vest ($68; $51);

See by Chloe bag ($395);

House of Harlow 1968 pants ($198);

Franco Sarto boots ($169)

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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.

Shop similar styles:

Ted Baker London coat ($675);

Aqua Cashmere sweater ($178; $80);

Agolde jeans ($178);

27 Edit Naturalizer shoes ($135)

Krista Jones
Former Harper's Bazaar editor, Krista Jones is always sporting some of the coolest brands, and is a constant source of inspiration for her unique New York style.