What to Wear in January When You're Completely Bored of Your Wardrobe

Deciding what to wear in January can be a tricky one. It's still freezing so you need to stay warm and cosy, but it's also a fresh start. We've all likely made a resolution of some kind and have our eyes firmly fixed on moving forward, so it's understandable if stepping back into 2019's wardrobe feels a little, well, stale.

Luckily, there's a solution—and it's not throwing everything away! Naturally, a little wardrobe detox is a great idea at this time of year, but budgets are also tight post-Christmas. So before you swear off certain items, consider the pieces you may be able to use as a gateway to spring/summer 2020's trends.

We're talking teasers of a fresh colour palette, lots of layers, some chic suiting, and plenty of stripes. The key look for the coming season have already made themselves known, so here's your guide to easing your wardrobe into 2020 while staying warm.

Keep scrolling for all the street style inspiration you need to inspire your January wardrobe.

Layer, Layer, Layer
What To Wear In January: A fresh outfit idea in the form of layering.

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@ada_oguntodu

Style Notes: One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your existing wares in layering them in unexpected ways. Set aside an afternoon and try as many combinations as possible. They won't all be winners, but when you find a formula like Ada's that just works, you'll feel suitably proud. 

Clash Your Prints
What To Wear In January: Clash your prints

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@asos_lotte

Style Notes: Print clashing might seem daunting at first but we have one rule that makes it easy—ensure the pieces share at least one colour in common. Just look at Lotte—her leopard-and-check ensemble works because both items feature black. Then, she makes it all the more seamless with her blue knit and matching bag. Bravo, lady. 

Add Unexpected Hosiery
What To Wear In January: Try a pair of printed tights

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@emilisindlev

Style Notes: From Saks Potts to the big lace comeback, tights are officially back on the fashion agenda. What's more, a standout pair will make all your skirts and dresses feel so now. 

A New Take on Checks
What To Wear In January: A fresh outfit idea from

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@thestylestalkercom

Style Notes: You’ll still be in need of a coat for the foreseeable, and while checks are still going strong, we recommend investing in a brighter hue to give your outfits a lift. This one is Balenciaga, but & Other Stories has a brilliant homage too.

Pile on the It Buys
What To Wear In January: Wear all of 2018's It buys at once.

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@fannyekstrand

Style Notes: Take all the It buys you bought into last year (in Fanny's case, a statement knit, checked skirt and cowboy boots) and wear them all at once for a look that's standout but also ensures you get more wear out of last season's investments. 

Dress Down a Party Skirt
What To Wear In January: Wear your favourite party skirt with kicks.

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@florriet

Style Notes: Party season may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to relegate glam pieces to the back of your wardrobe just yet. Take your favourite fancy skirt and wear it with kicks and an overcoat to keep the party going well into January. 

Embrace The Puffer
What To Wear In January: @vanessahong wears a leopard print puffer jacket

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@vanessahong

Style Notes: Puffer jackets have made a monumental comeback this season, particularly in leopard-print form. If yours is black or grey, try wearing it with a leopard print dress underneath to channel Vanessa's vibe. 

Revisit Your Pink Pieces
What To Wear In January: If you didn't buy into millennial pink in 2018, chances are you rocked it when it first sky-rocketed in 2017. Well, in 2019, it's already proving equally popular. Wear it with tones of camel and white.

Style Notes: If you didn't buy into pink in 2019, chances are you rocked it when it first sky-rocketed in 2017. Well, in 2020, it's already proving equally popular. Wear it with tones of camel and white for a sophisticated take. 

Strike a High-Low Balance
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Getty Images

Style Notes: This smart-trousers–and–oversized-knit combo ticks all the boxes: warm, effortless and chic. 

Dig Out Your Denim Mini
What To Wear In January: @erika_boldrin wears a denim mini skirt

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@erika_boldrin

Style Notes: The denim miniskirt has been given the sartorial silent treatment for the last few seasons, but we're beginning to see influencers giving them the time of day again. Wear them with knee-high boots and a statement blouse. 

Hit Refresh With White Boots
What To Wear In January: A fresh outfit idea from

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@livpurvis

Style Notes: We're only half-way through boot season and we're already tired of dowdy black styles. If you're feeling the same fatigue, switch in a pair of white ankle-grazers and you'll soon see how they magically make any outfit look fresher. 

Experiment With Colour Combinations
What To Wear In January: Break out of your comfort zone by pairing coloured pieces that don't necessarily "go together" in the same outfit

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@pernilleteisbaek

Style Notes: Break out of your comfort zone by pairing coloured pieces that don't necessarily go together in the same outfit. Much like layering, they won't always work, but when they do, you'll know. Case in point? Pernille's canary-yellow–and–rich-plum combination. 

Slips Are Still Relevant
What To Wear In January: A fresh outfit idea from Lisa Aiken

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@thestylestalkercom

Style Notes: That Topshop slip skirt you bought in four colour-ways last year? Make it work for now by clashing it with different textures—think vinyl, suede and cashmere.

Add a Bright Knit
What To Wear In January: Monikh wears a bright jumper with neutral colours

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@monikh

Style Notes: Monikh wears a bright jumper with neutral colours if, like everyone else, you invested heavily in neutrals in 2019, give them a new lease of life by pairing them with an unexpectedly bright jumper. 

Embrace Fanciful Footwear
What To Wear In January: a pair of statement heels or fancy flats to your everyday ensembles will put a spring in your step.

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@majawyh

Style Notes: If you're bored of your basics, simply adding a pair of statement heels or fancy flats to your everyday ensembles will put a spring in your step. 

Wear One Hue
What To Wear In January: Wear one hue top to toe.

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@thestylestalkercom

Style Notes: Raid your wardrobe and drawers and pull out anything that's the same colour, Be it green, blue or yellow, wear the lot at once to make your outfit look instantly pulled together. It will look like it's taking months of planning when, in reality, it's the ultimate lazy-girl dressing hack. 

Style Notes: Over the festive period you’ll likely to be wearing one of two things: party attire or your comfies. Instead, start the new year feeling slick in a sharp suit.

Seek Out Playful Prints
What To Wear In January: A fresh outfit idea from

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@thestylestalkercom

Style Notes: Chloé kickstarted the kitschy-print trend with its horse-motif suit. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, we suggest wearing on Blue Monday.

Unleash Your Wild Streak
What To Wear In January: swap leopard print for zebra

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@tamumcpherson

Style Notes: Animal motifs are still set to be a key look for spring/summer 2020. Although we love leopard print, zebra will go with even more of your existing wardrobe thanks to its monochrome colour palette. Invest in one piece, and it'll unlock so much outfit potential. 

Just Add Cowboy Boots
What To Wear In January: @laurennicolefk wears leather trousers and cowboy boots

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@laurennicolefk

Style Notes: Cowboy boots will bestow any outfit with an instant dose of cool. Wear them with a Breton knit and leather trousers like Nicole for a modern twist. 

Pair Primary Colours Together
What To Wear In January: @hannastefansson wears block colours together

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@hannastefansson

Style Notes: Create a bold colour clash by wearing shades like red, blue and green together at once, much like Hanna Stefanssion. 

Spin Your Culottes
What To Wear In January: @monikh revisits her culottes

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@monikh

Style Notes: Culottes are a summertime staple, but Monikh has given them a wintry seal of approval by wearing them with a chunky knit. Just add your favourite pair of boots. 

Stay In Your Outerwear
What To Wear In January: @nnennaechem wears a statement coat

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@nnennaechem

Style Notes: When it's really chilly, chances are you'll want to stay in your coat for as long as possible when you go anywhere. As such, make it a chic one that makes your outfit as opposed to glazing over it. 

Unbutton Your Cardigan
What To Wear In January: @hannahlourobinson unbuttons the neckline of her cardigan

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@hannahlourobinson

Style Notes: Décolletage-exposing necklines are one of spring/summer 2020's top trends. Pay homage to it by unbuttoning the top few buttons of your cardigan like Hannah. 

Offset Jeans With A Sharp Blazer
What To Wear In January: @natashandlovu wears a pair of jeans with a statement blazer

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@natashandlovu

Style Notes: It's one of the easiest tricks in the sartorial book: wearing your skinny jeans with a sharp blazer to create the ideal combination of sleek and casual. 

Wear Your Cardigan As A Dress
What To Wear In January: @venswifestyle wears her oversized cardigan as a dress

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@venswifestyle

Style Notes: If, like the rest of the world, you invested in 2019's cardigan trend in a big way, take a longline style and wear it with opaques and knee-high boots to give it a dress-like spin. 

Now that your January outfits are sorted, let's talk about the trends you should start investing in for spring/summer 2020.

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