Two weeks ago, I went home to Texas for Thanksgiving Break. While New York temperatures seem to continuously drop, in Dallas it was quite warm. If you are becoming bored of the drab earth tones in your winter wardrobe, take a colorful hint from Caroline, a Dallas native and student at Washington University at St. Louis. By incorporating surprising pops of color into an outfit with cold weather pieces, you will surely craft a look that is interesting and all your own.
The long sleeve shirt seen here is something that everyone probably owns. Similar styles can be found at J.Crew or Madewell. If you want to pick a brightly colored top, go for something that will complement the other colors you want to wear. For instance, since Caroline wears blue jeans, the light-blue top makes an interesting play on the monochromatic look, which has been very popular this season. Other pairings that might work are bright red with maroon and bright yellow with mustard. If you are still unsure of these bold combinations, try layering several tissue-thin T-shirts, with the brightest color first, for a discretely colorful (and warm) option.
Accessories also offer another opportunity to play with shades of a single color, as seen through this Fashionista’s turquoise snakeskin cross-body bag. Purses make a great addition to any holiday wish list, so if you are currently lacking one, be sure to ask for a brightly colored carryall to jazz up monotonous winter outfits. As for shoes, a pair of boots like these from Steve Madden are necessary in such an outfit in order to make sure that you are prepared for the weather and not prematurely awaiting spring, when bright colors are more expected.