This December will be like no other we've experienced, and that's for sure. With our days and regular activities dictated by ever-changing rules and regulations—where you can go and with whom, for how long you can stay, and what you're actually allowed to do during that time—it's easy to write fashion off as too frivolous to mention.
However, if the past year has taught us anything, it's that the little things do make a difference, and our growing list of small but mighty actions can include reveling in getting dressed. This doesn't mean you have to own something new and get that fast fix in order to feel buoyant. I promise that even the most cursory and purposeful dive into one's own wardrobe can hit a creative note and set you up for the day. However, a comfortable, comforting, enjoyable outfit may just alter your mood enough to bolster you for a slew of tough online meetings, make you feel that little bit more pulled-together for a brisk walk around the block, or help you truly wind down for some "me" time. There's nothing silly about it: Psychologists will agree that clothes affect our feelings. They are our second skin. And as such, during the darkest and most dismal months like December, it's going to be increasingly important to find outfits that bring joy.
With that in mind, I took to Instagram to find you some new winter outfit formulas to take you through December and well into 2021. They range from the super casual (for those of you superglued to your trackies) to something a smidgen more sophisticated (well, you never know who you may bump into on that stroll around the park). Many can be compiled and styled from items that already exist in your closet. Others you might see as an opportunity to invest in a fresh item that has longevity. Either way, you'll not be stuck for something to wear this month. Keep scrolling for the best looks to wear right now…
1. PUFFER + JEANS + BOOTS
I wish I was laid-back enough to pull this off, but alas, it's not for me. However, I do appreciate just how cool and easy a puffer coat, jeans, and boots look on so many other people.
2. ZEBRA KNIT + LEATHER
This combination may seem niche, but it's one I've seen bubbling up, and it just works. An antidote to super minimalism, this could certainly jazz up a video call.
3. JUMPER DRESS + BELT + BOOTS
When in doubt, wear a jumper dress. It's a fail-safe option for those cold days where you still want to make some effort, and that's why they're selling out left, right, and centre.
4. ALL CREAM EVERYTHING
Nothing says "rich" quite like an all-white or all-cream palette. It implies you aren't the kind of klutz who spills coffee all over themselves or spends any time schlepping around getting mucky and muddy outside. Chauffeur driven is the vibe here.
5. BIG DRESS + FLAT SHOES
For all the dress addicts out there, we've noticed an uptick in checked dresses being worn with school-ish flats and cute accessories. It's whimsical, and you'll need a coat over the top, but still sweet.
6. FAUX FUR COAT + TRACKIES
For the ultimate in cosy with a capital C, O, S, and Y, we'd suggest layering up your favourite sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms with a snuggly faux fur coat. When the temperatures dip, you'll be glad to have this formula on hand.