31 Outfit Ideas to Start the New Year in Style

31 Outfit Ideas to Start the New Year in Style


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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dare to go 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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Swap Black Tights for Gray

Use them to soften a stark black and white outfit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rock Winter White from head to Toe

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wear a long best 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.

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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!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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