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We get it—when your alarm goes off and it's still dark outside (not to mention colder than your ex's soul), it's so tempting to yank on a black tunic, black leggings, and black boots. Easy. But wearing color can actually make your day (nay, life) better. Or at least, more bearable. Here are some ways to add some color to your wardrobe this winter (sans a Rainbow Brite effect).
You probably have plenty of indigo in your closet, so doing the monochrome look will be just as straightforward as sheathing yourself in nothing but ebony. Pairing slightly different shades makes the look street-style-y, not flat.
A.P.C. Edwidge Coat, $2,200, usonline.apc.fr; Maison Kitsuné Japanese Denim Jacket, $389, kitsune.fr; Old Navy Pullover Turtleneck Sweater, $29.94, oldnavy.com; Tibi Rib Knit Turtleneck, $395, tibi.com; Old Navy Quilted Zip-Top Tote Bag, $19.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Faux-Suede Platform Pumps, $32.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Fair Isle Half Mittens, $10, oldnavy.com; GLCO X Thierry Lasry Glasses, $495, garretleight.com
Yes, you can handle the mixed-media look even on bleary-eyed mornings. Just pull out patterns that have similar scales with one clear accent color running through all of them. (See how the red echoes through every piece?) Chic.
iiJin Letterman Leather Jacket, $579, iijin.com; Jil Sander Silk Twill Crepe Vilhelmina Blouse, $1,000, jilsander.com; Jil Sander Techno Cashmere Diagonal Stripes Jacquard Knit, $1,170, jilsander.com; Old Navy Mid-Rise Harper Suit Pants, $36.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Plaid Banded Loafers, $24.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Faux-Suede Crossbody, $22, oldnavy.com
Leather bottoms are one of those items you just aren't sure you'll wear—and then you bring them home and discover they coordinate with absolutely everything and that you were crazy. In this case, loose, luxe cropped pants create a neutral anchor for textured layers, like a chunky sweater and fur-trimmed coat.
Trademark Faux Fur Trench, $698, [link href="http://www.trade-mark.com/faux-fur-trench.html" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]trade-mark.com; Old Navy Popcorn-Stitch Sweater, $35, oldnavy.com; Trademark Melange Silk Turtleneck, $328, trade-mark.com; Old Navy Fair Isle Scarf, $19.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Buckle-Strip Crossbody, $16, oldnavy.com; VEDA Hunter Leather Pant, $725, thisisveda.com; Miu Miu Shoes, $990, store.miumiu.com
Hooray—you can wear your Sunday scrubs in public! Choose a few super-comfy, yet well-made pieces, like this oversize vest and loose pants, and add polish with structured accessories, like a cute bag and heeled booties.
Old Navy Marled Mock-Neck Poncho Sweater, $39.94, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Classic Plaid Flannel Shirt, $19, oldnavy.com; Baja East Sweats, $1,195, net-a-porter.com; Old Navy Faux-Suede Crossbody, $24.94, oldnavy.com; Dior Crystal Boots, $1,710, dior.com; Karen Walker Orbit Sunglasses, $280, net-a-porter.com
Easy swap: Where you'd normally wear a black layer, try a cheetah-print piece instead. The pattern plays remarkably well with stripes, solids, and even a graphic T, as you can see.
Old Navy Textured Cocoon Coat, $74.94, oldnavy.com; TOD's Wool Geometric Print Sweater, $1,045, net-a-porter.com; Carven White Polin Shirt, $395, carven.com; Old Navy Mid-Rise Harper Trousers, $27, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Leopard-Print Chelsea Ankle Boots, $20, oldnavy.com; Michelle Campbell Gold Plated Split Knuckle Floater, $200, campbellcollections.com; Miansai Rose Gold Plated Modern Screw Cuff Ring, $105, miansai.com; GLCO X Thierry Lasry, $495, garretleight.com