For many, beyond a haze from drinking a little too much champagne, the start of a new year is seen as a time to declutter, to cut back, and to trim the excess — closet included.
2017 saw many-a fashion trends come and go, with some we skipped out on, some we invested in, and some we wish we hadn’t. But before you toss the pieces you swear you’ll never wear again, we’re giving them one more chance. Because if there’s anything the New Year truly brings, it’s a fresh perspective — and it turns out that so 2017 checked blazer or puffer coat might still have some life in it.
So while the outfits ahead are offering up new inspiration for the year ahead, they’re also showing you it is possible to get a little more creative with the items you already own. Remember: some trends are worth buying, and some are worth reinventing. And we can’t think of a better resolution than creating the perfect balance of the two.
If you’re more of a monochromatic-outfit-kind-of-person, venture slightly outside your comfort zone by opting for a versatile piece, like a layerable turtleneck, in a bolder hue.
Courrèges top, Piankov jacket, Acne Studios shoes, Louis Vuitton bag, Céline sunglasses.
Photo via @alwaysjudging.
Remember your favorite mohair sweater from way back when? Yup, it’s making a comeback.
Photo via @enamasiama.
Socks are underrated, but they’re also the easiest (and cheapest) way to make cropped trousers work for winter. No one wants cold, bare ankles. No one.
Céline jacket, Balenciaga shoes.
Photo via @annabelrosendahl.
The trench coat is ruling winter (and we have a feeling it’ll rule spring, too). Time to invest.
Photo via @asos_paloma.
Berets dominated Instagram in 2017, and we have no reason to believe the trend is slowing down.
Monki top, ASOS shoes, Missguided hat, Ray-Ban sunglasses.
Photo via @gracefvictory.
Buy a basket bag last year? Here’s proof it works for cold weather, too.
Tory Burch bottoms and coat.
Photo via @camillecharriere.
Practicality is key, so go ahead, wear your floral dress with a puffer coat.
ASOS coat, Vans shoes.
Photo via @itsmekellieb.
Photo via @carodaur.
Our number one winter accessory? A chunky scarf that feels just like your duvet.
Topshop bottoms, Zara coat, Le Specs sunglasses, Off-White scarf.
Photo via @ciaracherise.
For a weather-appropriate look, wear your long-sleeve maxi dress over pants or knee-high boots.
Cedric Charlier dress, Diesel coat, ASOS boots, Balenciaga bag.
Photo via @couturekulten.
One of the easiest ways to jazz up your wardrobe? Wear two colors you normally wouldn’t wear, together.
Fashion Nova top and bottoms.
Photo via @amarachiukachu.
Winter whites are very, very much a thing. How crisp and clean does this outfit look?
Céline top, By Far shoes.
Photo via @double3xposure.
Socks and heels will keep your feet warm and looking fancy.
Photo via @emilisindlev.
J.W. Anderson made the half-zip a thing, and this just might be the year we embrace it.
Rachel Comey top, Creatures of Comfort coat, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes, Illesteva sunglasses.
Photo via @halemur.
Did you buy this under-$1 handbag? Pull it out from your summer storage and style with a sweatshirt and fuzzy coat.
Weekday sweatshirt, Common Leisure coat, Petar Petrov shoes, Staud bag, Balenciaga hat.
Photo via @handinfire.
Photo via @indyabrown.
Forget the airplane connotations associated with a tracksuit and instead look to Bella Hadid for styling inspiration.
Photo via @latelyivebeenme.
There’s that checked blazer we were talking about. It’s still as relevant as ever.
Photo via @lottaliinalove.
Leggings are pants. Always and forever.
Whatever 21 top, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Boohoo hat.
Photo via @luhshawnay.
Really, who doesn’t love a chunky sweater?
Photo via @maria_bernad.
A lesson in wearing red from head-to-toe.
Photo via @mariaalia.
A classic tweed blazer never goes out of style, especially when paired with jeans and a white tee.
Sunspel top, Re/Done bottoms, The Kooples jacket, Prada shoes.
Photo via @meganadelaide.
Everyone needs a statement coat. Don’t be afraid to invest in one, either. You’ll be wearing it through the end of March, at least.
Free People coat.
Photo via @pandorasykes.
Allow a jumpsuit to make your morning that much easier.
Photo via @meganellaby.
Power suit, power pose. Every powerful woman deserves one of each.
Simply Be suit.
Photo via @priscillaono.
Could The North Face be the next early-aughts favorite to make a comeback. With the temperatures outside, we hope so.
The North Face coat.
Photo via @samimiro.
Leopard is a neutral. Learn it, love it, live it.
ASOS bottoms, Nanushka coat.
Photo via @slipintostyle.
Sweatpants, but make it fashion, Know what we mean?
Samsøe & Samsøe top.
Photo via @stephaniebroek.
The higher the waist, well, the better the pants.
Louis Vuitton bag.
Photo via @tiaraina_.
Love jewelry? In 2018, with your earrings, go big or go home.
Proenza Schouler top, Balenciaga bottoms, Hogan coat, Alessandra Rich earrings.
Photo via @tinaleung.
Cozy up in a Fair Isle sweater. It’s a classic.
Photo via @wethepeoplestyle.
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