I just got through two weeks of an impossible workload. When this happens, inspiration and time for my blog take a back seat to client commitments. It’s a hard sacrifice because I always want to put up quality blog work but at the same time, clients come first and I want to remain sane. As I was scrambling to put looks together for this post last Saturday, the only day I had time to get them done, I worried I was just dialing it in. After working a full day, I headed over to Facebook to get caught up with my Facebook Group when I saw that one member posted a winter look in shades of purples and teal. The caption read, “more playing with color to get through winter!”
I continued scrolling through my group feed and another member posted these incredible eye-catching booties from Nine West that everyone went crazy for. Another bright pop of color for winter.
Perhaps this idea post wasn’t as throw-away as I thought? After all, we are reaching the home stretch of winter when it is bleak and no longer fun or festive. The clothes we were excited about only a few months ago now feel repetitive and as we are seeing spring fashion arriving online and at the stores, it looks exciting and new. We just need a little something to get us over the hump.
Adding Small Pops of Color to Your Winter Looks
I have put together five neutral outfits that I popped with just one small bright to add some energy to these looks to wake them up a bit. It can be amazing what small pops of color can do to make us smile and lift our spirits. Plus, with fall and winter clothes phasing out of the stores, there are lots of great sales out there. It’s the perfect time to take a few risks with color.
Instead of another neutral-colored coat, one bold and happy-colored coat will add some much-needed vibrancy to your wardrobe. The time is now to take the plunge with a coat in a fun color because you can get one for a steal. I styled this J.Crew coat with a pair of ponte pants from Good American. I finished the look with over-the-knee boots from Stuart Weitzman and a black and white plaid scarf.
Adding a pop of color with a pop of jewelry or a scarf is an easy way to not change a thing about a look while still adding some colorful visual interest. I styled this outfit with a bold yellow necklace from Etsy, a slim grey turtleneck, wide grey pants from Theory, a slim grey belt from Rag & Bone, and grey booties from Aquatalia.
Cashmere takes color really well and bright shades in cashmere will brighten anyone’s day. The fabric feels delicious and the colors have an energy that will lift even the most “blah-ed out over winter” person with some life. I styled this poppy pink cashmere sweater from Quince, known for their impressive quality and outrageously good prices, with a pair of straight-leg jeans from AG, a pair of black booties from Aquadiva, and huggie drop earrings from Madewell.
I don’t like wearing socks. If I can avoid wearing them, I do. In the winter, it’s much less of a possibility, so I made the decision that if I had to wear them I would at least wear socks that brought me some joy. When I was creating these outfits, I was wearing a bright striped pair and as crazy as it sounds, this little pop of color did put a smile on my face. In the spring, I use colorful shoes to add some fun color but find it much harder in the winter. Although, I am loving those teal booties that Facebook Group member bought. I just wish I had a reason to wear heels like that. Socks are a fun alternative for me. I styled this striped pair from Happy Socks with pull-on slate pants from Everlane. I own these pants in olive and they are a great middle-ground style for comfort; not too casual and not too dressy. I added this v-neck weekend cashmere sweater from Vince, another personal favorite, sneakers from Allbirds, and topped off the look with an ivory scarf from Treasure & Bond.
Glasses were always a huge investment until places like Zenni Optical came along. Now you can have a lot more fun with eyewear without breaking the bank. I have these frames from Zenni in tortoise and I can’t believe how inexpensive they are for the quality. I get compliments every time I wear them. A pair of reading glasses, my favorite place is Readers.com, or picking up a few pairs of colorful glasses from a place like Zenni can be an alternative way to add some punch to your toned-down winter looks. I styled these coral glasses with an ash-colored cardigan, mink-colored pair of pants, and a simple ivory shell. I finished the look with taupe flats from Linea Paolo and the same suede belt from Rag & Bone as used in the second look.
You Don’t Need to Add A Lot to Get A Lot
Sometimes, all it takes is small pops of color to not only add some excitement but to lift your mood. As we’re nearing the end of winter, a little can go a long way.