4 Ways to Wear Color This Winter

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When winter arrives, your wardrobe becomes more predictable than the weather: dark knitwear, dark coats, and big dark boots. Your wardrobe is as dark as the cold makes you feel, and you seem to stick to the duller trifecta of black, grey, and blue, because it’s easier, and it’s what the season calls for. This status quo seems to work, and it remains a challenge to motivate yourself to break out of your winter color rut, but it’s time for a change. It’s very tempting to avoid vibrancy in winter out of fear of being out of season or looking like you time traveled from a ski resort in 1985. We’re here to tell you that incorporating small amounts of color can not only liven your outfit, but turn that winter frown upside down. Here are four ways to bring a little joy to your winter outfit.

1. Colorful sneakers


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Since the sneaker trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, one of the best ways to incorporate color into your winter wardrobe is footwear in brighter colors. There are many colorful reinventions of the classics — from Nike, Reebok, and Adidas, the list goes on. Not to mention that it’s easy to wear your colorful kicks all year round, just so long as you take proper care of them. Being that it’s winter, although it’s perfectly fine to wear low-tops of your choosing, why not opt for a pair of high tops for added insulation from the cold? Your legs will thank you.


Nike Dunk TZ High-Top Sneakers in Red, mrporter.com

adidas Men’s Originals ZX Flux Shoes, adidas.com

2. Fun sweatshirts


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In keeping with the never-ending athleisure trend, try a sweatshirt in a solid pop color like burgundy or military green so that you can easily incorporate into your neutral wardrobe. For those who fear that blocks of color won’t sit well with wearing all black everything else, add a white shirt underneath your sweatshirt — just make sure it’s longer than the sweatshirt itself so that the color peers out; this will bridge the natural divide. Alternatively, sweatshirts with designs and logos allow you to subtly dip your toe in the color pool. Shades of red pop against dark background without overpowering your look.


Purple Crew Neck Sweatshirt by Topman, topman.com

3. Accessories with color


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Accessories in bright colors can really lift your monochrome looks. From beanies, to scarves, to shades, accessories can afford to be a bit punchier. A single piece incorporating a brighter shade breaks up a dull outfit without going too far; just make sure to avoid matching shades of accessories in bright colors, such as coordinated gloves, scarf, and hat. You’ll stand out for all the wrong reasons, rather, stick to one piece and rock it.


Orange Mini Cable Beanie, topman.com

Burberry London Giant Icon Scarf in Dark Aqua, nordstrom.com

The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Anya Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, bloomingdales.com


If you’re a man that likes a bag — a backpack, messenger bag, satchel, or if you need one to hold your laptop — well-selected bags in popping colors can really give your outfit that extra punch.


Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack, urbanoutfitters.com


Since you need to wear sunglasses in the winter, why not embrace some interesting shades to brighten the winter dullness? Ditch your wayfarers for round shades from the likes of Ray Ban and Gucci with color reflective lenses.


Ray-Ban Flash Clubmaster 51mm Sunglasses, nordstrom.com

4. Prints, especially tartans


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If you haven’t heard, tartan and checks are in for autumn and winter. From red, green, and gold checks to the very popular Blackwatch plaid, you can easily incorporate this traditional cold weather fabric print into your winter wardrobe. Although the checkered scarf is your safest and most obvious incorporation of this color print, your best options are grungy-looking checkered overshirts that you can pair easily with neutral wool trousers, or consider a pair of selvedge jeans, a tartan sweater/cardigan, an overcoat, or a blazer. Keep everything tailored to perfection and keep the rest of your outfit minimal to allow your colorful clothing options to shine through.


Jack Wills Shirt In Blackwatch Check in Navy, asos.com

Polo Ralph Lauren Bedford Slim-Fit Checked Wool And Cashmere-Blend Blazer, mrporter.com

Quilted Tartan Jacket, ralphlauren.com

Colmar Charcoal and Mustard Colourblock Reversible Tartan Down Jacket, menlook.com

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