If Winter Makes You Sad, Do This With Your Wardrobe

There’s plenty to be said for fashion as therapy: Some doctors have theorised on what to wear when you’re stressed, but what about when winter is really just getting you down in general? If your energy is low due to dark mornings, changeable weather and an all-too-easy landslide of black clothing (although there is one super quick spring-ready solution for all of those dark clothes) then cut and paste these happy street style references for a B vitamin–style shot of fashion enthusiasm.

Scroll down to get the cheery outfit tips and the top buys to make them happen…

Tote a totally silly bag.

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I Am Koo

Who: Georgia Tal

Style Notes: Who wouldn't want to hug a bag this cute? Set off your everyday black outerwear with a head-turning piece of arm candy.

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Style du Monde

Who: Carlotta Oddi

Style Notes: This jumbo Anya Hindmarch tote is the perfect pick-me-up to a classic look of flares and a Breton top. Second bag optional—unless it makes you even happier, of course.

Cosy up in fun faux fur.

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Vanessa Jackman

Who: Shea Marie

Style Notes: Patchwork fur is where it's at right now, meaning your black roll-neck and day-to-day trousers make for the ultimate base-coat. 

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Vanessa Jackman

Who: Zlata Mangafic

Style Notes: Shearling coats may hark back to the 1970s but you don't have to wear them that way. Up the rock chick factor with black skinnies, a sweatshirt and bovver boots.

Pick winter florals.

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Style du Monde

Who: Giovanna Battaglia

Style Notes: If one floral piece can't put a smile on your face then try three, four, five... as many blooms as you bloomin' like!

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Style du Mode

Who: Olivia Palermo.

Style Notes: A dark floral print can work all year long—simply add tights, knee boots and a complementary coat. 

Wear a primary colour.

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Phill Taylor

Who: Marianne Theodorsen and Annabel Rosendahl.

Style Notes: A shock of red—whether lipstick, a mega-coat or a simple sweater—can do wonders for upping one's mood, and is always a welcome pal to true blue denim.

Who: Yasmin Sewell

Style Notes: But don't forget the other primary brights. Like a ray of sunshine, yellow isn't just for summer ensembles—see how well this Molly Goddard dress goes with black? Bumblebees are productive for a reason.

Cut a fringe.

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Street FSN

Style Notes: Twirling around in a garment is basically a fast track to good vibes, so imagine the pleasure you could find in the long tassels of this leather skirt.

Tie a bow, any bow.

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Phill Taylor

Who: Jenny Walton

Style Notes: Even the warmest sweater can benefit from the addition of a pussy bow–tied scarf. Make yours a jolt of colour to lift your complexion.

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A Love Is Blind

Style Notes: From a sweater dress to a plain shirt, designers have left no piece unturned if a bow can be attached to it. There's something satisfyingly pretty in this simple addition.

Say it with words.

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Style du Monde

Who: Caroline Issa

Style Notes: Suffering from winter fatigue and finding it an effort to communicate? Just do it via your clothes. This coat will certainly stop traffic.

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A Love Is Blind

Who: Leandra Medine

Style Notes: If you don't want to emblazon your message in blatant terms then just do a subtle nod via your accessories.