Winter pitfalls: keeping a consciously bright closet


If I’m not careful, my winter wardrobe turns into mostly black outfits, day in and day out.

My warmest coats are black. My warm pants are black. My opaque tights are black. My gloves are black, and my hats are black.

Which would be fine, but I don’t really like black.

So, I have to consciously keep my outfits bright.
And here are some of the tips I’ve been using to do so:

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WEARING: BB Dakota Regan Coat in Dove Grey (still available in leopard) or similar Zara slacks, similar For Love & Lemons Festival Dress Urban Outfitters beanie Forever21 Faux Fur Stole | Vintage booties, similar Fossil Haven Bucket Bag in Brown

TIP #1 I noticed most of my colour was in my sweaters. I also noticed sweaters aren’t the place to add colour if I'm going to put a dark coat over top. But!—you can layer your bright sweater sleeves so they peek out beyond the cuff of your coat. (If it's a wool coat, you can totally cuff or roll the sleeves back!)

TIP #2 If you already have a black winter coat, make your next coat purchase some lighter or brighter. Camel or light grey are neutral colours that you will find both very versatile and having a big impact on brightening your day-to-day! If you’re a fan of colour, a bright coloured coat might go with more than you think. Think of everything you wear your favourite purple sweater with—any bottoms, shoes, and accessories that pair with a coloured sweater would pair with a coat of that same colour.

TIP #3 Try a brighter trouser. Whether it’s a light grey, off-white neutral pant, or a coloured-one, it will have a big impact on brightening up both your outdoor and indoor looks.

TIP #4 Buy bright accessories! The black hat and black gloves—chances are you’ve already got those covered. So instead buy a brightly coloured scarf, or a white toque.

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In this outfit, I’m mixing up nearly all of these tricks for an extra bright outfit on a surprisingly warm winter day.

I hope these tips help you add a little colour back into dreary winter days.
Because the outside should reflect all the joy we have on the inside.