5 Ways to Brighten Your Winter Wardrobe

Long winter nights can lessen your fashion excitement as we’re required to wear layers of clothes just to keep us warm. If you’re feeling bored with your current choices it might be time to freshen up your wardrobe and it can be easier than you think. Brightening your style doesn’t require a closet overhaul. So, keep on reading for the 5 ways to brighten your winter wardrobe.

  1. Start small

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You can begin brightening your wardrobe with just a few small pieces. Think of your winter accessories like leather gloves, beanies, scarves, boots and such that can punch up an otherwise neutral outfit. That way you can add liveliness without overwhelming your look or going too far outside of your comfort zone. When in doubt, wear a scarf. “The easiest way to brighten a look is to add a scarf,” says stylist Mariko Lauren. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, a lime green scarf and spice up your winter white outfit instantly. Just ensure that your scarf complements any other pieces you might be wearing. “Your outfit should flow. If your eye stops at a certain point, you need to add in another piece of the same color,” the stylist says.

  1. Resort to a bold colored or printed coat.

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If your closet is full of basics and neutral pieces, think of a bold colored coat, or even a bold printed one that can spice up your winter looks. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, a checkered coat in purple and white shades can spice up your boring all-black outfit effortlessly.

  1. Opt for a color scheme that complements your skin tone.

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Don’t be swayed by the “it colors” of the season, instead wear what works with your skin tone. “Bright pink may be in, but if it doesn’t work with your skin color, it won’t work for you,” Lauren says. If you have pale skin, beige, white and pastel colors can help make your skin pop. Those with darker skin tones, however, should try orange, yellow and bright blue.

  1. Think color blocking.

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If you feel a pop of color won’t brighten your full ensemble, think color blocking. “Don’t wear all black and then bright pink shoes,” Lauren warns. “If you do the eye will be drawn toward your shoes as opposed to your full outfit.” Instead, make your outfit flow by going for color blocked pieces like wearing red puffer coat and snow boots with blue jeans, or wearing a blue scarf with a yellow sweater.

  1. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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With so many colors to choose from this season, you have nothing to fear. Have fun and don’t be afraid of your wardrobe. “The key is to make sure that your eyes flow smoothly over your outfit,” Lauren says. If you’re more comfortable wearing neutrals, experiment with lighter hues when incorporating color. On the other hand, if you have a playful and quirky personality, think of experimenting with pastel hues like fashion blogger Oksana Ohhrehova did, wearing a pink jacket with a lighter top and gray skirt. Bu heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to brighten your winter wardrobe stylishly.

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