If the recent past has taught us anything, it's that you need to squeeze as much joy as possible out of your daily activities. Right now, that probably means doing things like making your favourite dinners on repeat and lighting your favourite candle to cosy into the darker evenings. For me, it also means wearing clothing that actually makes me happy. For example, on days when my energy feels depleted, I like to reach for an oversize red cardigan that's just as cosy as it is fun. I'm also a fan of wearing a leopard-print dress or skirt—even if I stay in all day. I looked to some of my favourite influencers to see what they're wearing right now. Not only will these outfits battle the colder weather, but they also might give you a rush of endorphins, however small an amount that might be.
First, there's Scandi queen Emili Sindlev, who I spotted wearing a gorgeous ankle-length red coat, which she paired with neon-green trainers. Another one of my favourites is Ellie Delphine of Slip Into Style, who's been wearing bright-orange accessories with a khaki coat and a pair of trousers. Then, Nnenna Echem, who is known for wearing bold prints, has made me rethink gingham as being just a summer look, as she's worn a pair of green trousers with a shearling coat and a squidgy purply pink bag from Stand Studio. There are even more than the above if you keep scrolling. You'll find they have something in common: All the outfits are joyful and guaranteed to make you feel better this month.
1. THE BOLD COAT
Style Notes: A red coat is guaranteed to make you smile and make any outfit more fun. Add a pair of neon sneakers to it? Why not?
2. BRIGHT ACCESSORIES
Style Notes: Not into bold head-to-toe colours? Fear not—that's why bright accessories were invented (or at least, that's what we're saying). Make like Delphine, and go for a clashing colour with a muted palette.
3. FUN PRINTS
Style Notes: Queen of wearing prints, Echem shows us, once again, how it's done with her pairing of green gingham and a shearling jacket. Bravo.
Style Notes: Pieces that make you enjoy getting dressed in the morning don't have to be all about bright colours. Textures and fits are also important—for example, this padded Bottega skirt, as seen on Grece Ghanem.
5. A PRETTY JACKET
Style Notes: If you want to bring some joy to your outfit, take some tips from Nicole Ocran, and invest in a brightly coloured jacket. Layer it over a fun top, and wear your favourite blue jeans and boots to complete the look.
6. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES
Style Notes: If boots are all you care about right now for your walks outside, invest in a bright pair that will make you smile every time you put them on.
Style Notes: Now is the time to bring your layering game back up to par. Though, instead of simply layering jumpers over T-shirts, take cues from Anne-Victoire Lefevre, and style knitted vests over roll-necks.
8. ÜBER-COOL LEATHER
Style Notes: Leather is another great material that will make you feel instantly chic. Pair it with black trousers and studded boots for a truly cool outfit.