It may be January and the temps are near or below the freezing mark, but that’s no reason for your fashion choices to enter strictly neutral territory. Now more than ever is the time to amp up the volume on your clothes and accessories. Not only can a colorful piece add new life to your existing threads, it’s also a fun way to start off your new style year. We’ve rounded up 10 picks sure to make you stand out from the sea of blacks, browns and beiges.
Claire’s Faux Leather and Pyramid Studs Wallet ($12, claires.com)
Wallets tend to take a beating and we hold on to them past their expiration date. Replace it with one that guarantees you’ll have no problem finding it at the bottom of your purse thanks to the texture and tone.
Elle Dot Pleated Skirt ($24, kohls.com)
From the subtle polka dots to the feminine pleats to the cool coral, it’s all in the details with this skirt. Tuck a silky blouse in and your flirty, yet chic look is complete. What’s really great is the fit and flare style, which flatters every body type.
Apt. 9 Bead Cluster Necklace ($28, kohls.com)
Have all eyes on you and make a lasting impression with a statement necklace. It sparkles brightly and becomes the centerpiece, whether you’re rocking a cardigan, button down or LBD.
Skinnydip London Embellished Clutch ($50, nastygal.com)
If there’s only one funky accessory you plan to buy this season, let this be it. Between the green lucite and colorful gems, the clutch pops even against the most basic look.
H&M Lace Dress ($35, hm.com)
Thankfully, lace doesn’t just come in black. Blue is easily wearable, and this one is rich and deep. While lace can have a va-va-voom appeal, the A-line cut of this dress makes it wearable for all occasions.
Forever 21 Western Redux Booties ($40, forever21.com)
Black and gold is a classic combination, and rightfully so. Instead of paying a high price for a luxe look, these booties are just 40 bucks. When worn against solid black tights, the gold really pops.
N.Y.L.A. Nashawana Flat ($30, dsw.com)
You know how you have the comfy flats you wear to the office and then slip in to your real shoes? These aren’t those flats! They seamlessly combine comfort and style. You’ll rock them from day to night thanks to the faux patent leather and dainty bow.
Pleasure & Privilege Blazer ($88, nastygal.com)
Blazers are a staple in any wardrobe, but we doubt you have anything like this. The gold brocade gives it a super glam feel. This blazer is a quick way to glam up your skinny jeans on the weekend or black trousers in the workplace.
Current/Elliott Stiletto Cropped Skinny Jeans ($80, theoutnet.com)
When you want something a bit dressier than the basic blue or black skinnies, this is your go-to pair. Keep your top solid (or have fun and mix prints!), step in to your stilettos and prepare to turn heads.
Guess? Funnel-Neck Quilted Puffer Coat ($75, macys.com)
It can be tricky rocking a puffer coat, but this one is the exception. It doesn’t add bulk to your frame and even has a slightly cinched waist. Also, don’t let the in-your-face color scare you—magenta looks stellar against all shades of brown skin.
—Patrice J. Williams