Are you as bored of your winter wardrobe as I am of mine?
Don’t get me wrong—I actually love bulky knits over jeans, sweater
dresses over cozy tights and turtlenecks, toques and camp socks.
But this is the time of year when I start to get a little tired of
my winter go-to's. It’s the time of year when I feel like I’m in a
bit of a fashion rut. But, I'm determined to find ways to keep it
fresh because—let’s face it—we likely have several more weeks
(maybe months) of winter weather.
Here are five ways I’m hoping to spice up my own outfits in the
next few weeks—and if you have the right elements you won’t even
have to pick up anything new. Though, you (erm—I) might want to.
1. White on white
My favourite way to break out of a style rut is to embrace a
monochromatic look. It's a great way to make a visual impact, while
still staying true to whatever shapes and silhouettes you tend to
favour. In the winter, there's nothing more impactful then wearing
white on white. Partly because it's seen as daring (all-white? how
do you not get it dirty?) but also because white is typically seen
as a summer shade (it isn't, though we all tend to wear darker
colours in the winter).
While you could keep to the same hue for your accessories, I like
to mix it up with browns and tans to keep it light, but not
blinding. If you're not into a full white look, embrace the
monochromatic tip instead. Wear head-to-toe grey or red.
Sweater, $90, evernew.ca. Wide leg pants, $40, hm.com. Jacket,
$228, aritzia.ca. Michael Kors bag, $298, michaelkors.ca. Boots,
2. Shop your summer closet
They key to wearing some of your summery pieces in winter is, of
course, layering. I'm a fan of picking up a summer skirt or dress
and pairing it with a chunky knit and knee-high or over-the-knee
boots. Add a great winter jacket and you've got a killer winter
look that feels fresh thanks to some great layering. Bonus points
if you do a little print-clashing (a stripe and a dot can go
together) or have fun with colour and texture. Think a silky
slipdress under a thick knit and leather boots.
Sweater, $115, jcrew.com. Skirt, $80, zara.com. Jacket, $190,
evernew.com. Boots, $100, callitspring.com. Purse, $99,
3. Colour-blocking (or just colours in general)
If you're anything like me, you tend to favour neutrals year-round.
I'd be lost without my trusty denim jeans, grey sweaters and white
t-shirts. But, I find that breaking out a fashion rut, especially
in the winter, sometimes requires a dose of colour. For me, this
means pulling out my bright red sweater which I love but almost
never wear. Maybe for you, it means picking up a yellow knit or a
kelly green bag or a millennial pink coat. If you're still feeling
apprehensive, try layering colours in the same family, but keep the
brights to a minimum. Opting for khaki-toned pants but wearing
other pieces in shades of pink, red and burgundy is such a standout
look. Red not your hue? Try navy, cobalt and periwinkle or lilac,
plum and raspberry.
Pants, $50, zara.com. Sweater, $60, hm.com. Coat, $170,
evernew.com. Boots, $190, lechateau.com. Bag, $165USD,
4. Dress over jeans
Whenever I feel like my outfit isn't interesting enough (or if I'm
just bored of my regular go-to outfits) I always layer a dress over
skinny jeans. I'm not sure why, but it instantly makes me feel put
together and prepared for the day—even if it's just the same old
skinny jeans I wear most days and a sweater dress I've had for
Playing with proportion is always a great way to update your
existing pieces. The dress over jeans trick is my go-to because it
can work with so many different shapes. As I mentioned, I usually
opt for a sweater dress over skinny jeans, but you could do a
shirt-dress over wide-leg trousers, a t-shirt dress over boyfriend
jeans or a minidress over cropped pants.
The possibilities are endless—and it almost always looks fresh.
Dress, $50, zara.com. Jeans, $164, jcrew.com. Boots, $170,
cougarshoes.com. Hat, $19, joefresh.com. Bag, $39, joefresh.com.
5. When you're truly stuck, add accessories
When you truly can't find a way to break out of your rut, it's
sometimes not worth fighting. There are days where I really can't
be bothered to wear anything other tha