A Few Ideas To Perk Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Colorful winter accessories to wear now and into Spring. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Winter may not be the longest season, but it can sometimes feel that way. Since I’ve been on my color journey, I’ve realized more than ever how much color impacts our mood. Sometimes a little bright color can be just the thing to lift our spirits on a dreary day.

J.Crew cocoon coat in aqua. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Why not add color where it will be seen, even when you’re out in the cold? If you’ve been holding off replacing your winter coat in hope of some good sales, this one’s now 50% off. To me the gorgeous aqua color evokes a tropical sea…there, now don’t you feel warmer already?

Ganni striped wool blend scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Scarves are another great way to add visible color in winter. This wool blend scarf has Scandanavian charm…

J.Crew ombré stripe scarf. Details at une femme d'um certain age.

and here’s a more budget-friendly option with a softer stripe.

Echo pleated plaid scarf in peony pink. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Need something that’s wool-free? Here’s a pretty peony pink pleated scarf. (Other colors available too.)

Johnstons of Elgin merino wool check scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The colors in this merino wool check scarf are sophisticated, but not dull.

Brahmin Amelia bag in Lemonade. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve been seeing a lot of yellow and gold bags for Spring. It can be a great color to add some lift and pop to an outfit, yet in the right shade is surprisingly versatile. This color is called Lemonade. I haven’t seen it yet in person, but could be a great choice to wear with cooler palettes. I also like this take on the bucket bag (another trend for Spring), practical and polished. There’s a crossbody strap too.

Longchamp le pliage neo bag light blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This bag comes in several colors (I have my eye on the Pomegranate) but this sky blue color is versatile too, and cheerful without being overpowering.

MZ Wallace Metro tote in red. Packable and lightweight! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This packable, lightweight tote is offered in over a dozen colors and patterns, but IMO red is perennial. ❤️

Hunter Original short rain boots glossy red. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And speaking of red… 😉☔️

What colors do you like to wear to lift your mood?

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25 Comments

  1. January 27, 2020 / 4:23 am

    Pink – hot/shocking/fuschia . Also a bright shade between blue and green .

  2. SuD
    January 27, 2020 / 4:34 am

    Beautiful colors! As much as I like neutrals, I seem to be drawn to color. I’m on a shopping diet because I don’t like a lot of stuff and I’m limiting my purchases, but the J.Crew scarf in Twilight spoke to me.

  3. January 27, 2020 / 4:53 am

    I haven’t had my colors done (and while I think the cost of one at Red Leopard is probably reasonable, given the time and attention, my trip to London in April probably won’t include a consultation there unless something fabulous happens between now and then), but I know that when I’m in purple, teal, emerald green, cobalt blue, or a vivid red (with blue undertones, not an orange), my mood is through the roof.

    • SuD
      January 27, 2020 / 6:27 am

      If you’re in the NYC area, Annie from Red Leopard will be visiting for 2 weeks from February 19th. She will be doing color consultations.

      • Barbara
        January 27, 2020 / 9:10 pm

        Where in NYC will Annie be doing her consultations?

        • SuD
          January 28, 2020 / 11:44 am

          Not sure, but I found the post on their Instagram page. It says to message them or email for details and appointments.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      January 31, 2020 / 7:29 am

      My main focus when in London is bookshops! Haven’t been there for years now.

  4. January 27, 2020 / 6:07 am

    I was just looking online for a pink sweater and a pink trenchcoat! I’m in a spring mood!

  5. Katrinka
    January 27, 2020 / 6:45 am

    I have been looking for scarves that are “wool alternatives”. They look like wool but aren’t for those who can’t wear wool.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 7:19 am

      Hi Katrinka, I did include one wool-free scarf in the post. Most warmer scarves without wool are synthetics…as Spring merchandise starts to roll in look for more cotton and linen options. Here’s are a couple more wool-free scarves: in an abstract floral and a solid blue-green.

      • Katrinka
        January 27, 2020 / 7:39 am

        Susan, I absolutely love the abstract floral in the purple/teal colors which are my colors. And, it’s on sale so I’ll be ordering it. Thanks so much…

        • Susan Blakey
          Author
          January 27, 2020 / 7:40 am

          You’re very welcome, glad you like it!

          • Lagatta de Montréal
            January 31, 2020 / 7:50 am

            I like both those colour combinations. Lovely scarf.

            It is a luxe option, but heavy silk can also be surprisingly warm.

        • Lagatta de Montréal
          January 31, 2020 / 7:45 am

          I wasn’t a goth, but a dark boho or beatnik; I own an authentic Basque béret. I also love black and grey, specifically Paris roof grey, but I’ve also found a love for deep, rich colours. I’d buy that coat in the deep forest green; it is lovely. I doubt it would be warm enough for the worst of our winters, but I could certainly wear it today; mild by Montréal standards (the winter here and in Boston, say friends, has been mild for cold places this year). And it would be fine for anywhere in western Europe except the very north of Scandinavia.

          Colour psychology – in a warmer or certainly Caribbean setting, that turquoise coat would elate me, but here at the end of January, it would make me feel very cold. Often the very bright winter days are the coldest ones. I love the range of colours that coat comes in; there is something for everyone. Alas my size is no longer in stock. But there will be other coats!

  6. stephanie
    January 27, 2020 / 7:13 am

    Black or grey lifts my mood. I have quite a lot of colourful clothes and wear them, but I always feel happier in black. I dont feel relaxed or like myself in bright colour, I feel loud and shouty and fatter. Perhaps its because I was a goth in the 80s and 90s and those years shaped me, I dont know, but certainly black and grey are my happy colours. Oddly enough my house is decorated throughout in white and ivory.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      January 31, 2020 / 7:37 am

      I wasn’t a goth, but a dark boho or beatnik; I own an authentic Basque béret. I also love black and grey, specifically Paris roof grey, but I’ve also found a love for deep, rich colours. I’d buy that coat in the deep forest green; it is lovely. I doubt it would be warm enough for the worst of our winters, but I could certainly wear it today; mild by Montréal standards (the winter here and in Boston, say friends, has been mild for cold places this year). And it would be fine for anywhere in western Europe except the very north of Scandinavia.

      Colour psychology – in a warmer or certainly Caribbean setting, that turquoise coat would elate me, but here at the end of January, it would make me feel very cold. Often the very bright winter days are the coldest ones. I love the range of colours that coat comes in; there is something for everyone. Alas my size is no longer in stock. But there will be other coats!

  7. Lily
    January 27, 2020 / 8:11 am

    Winter never ends where I live and by now I am craving color. I tried on bright orchid and aqua sweaters over the weekend, but they’re just not me. I came home with pastel blue, navy and sapphire, which is as bright as I get.

  8. Rondi
    January 27, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I think yellow is my mood lifting color choice. Yellow has that something extra to make my mood sit up and notice! Soft and warm yellows are in my soft autumn palette and are not over the top.

  9. Marty
    January 27, 2020 / 9:52 am

    Thanks for an online shot of color today! My favs are red, turquoise and yellow.

  10. Anon
    January 27, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    Oh, yes., winter IS the longest season! It starts with snow around Halloween, and ends with snow on the May long weekend, if not later. It is not a day on a calendar, but the snow and below-freezing temperatures that define this season. We even had winter in August 1992 (thanks, Pinatubo).

    So we’re about four months in now, and more to come. Color is most welcome, and my snow shovels are just about worn out. They last one winter.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      January 31, 2020 / 7:47 am

      Where on earth do you live! That’s even longer and colder than here.

  11. January 27, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    Do you ever shop at J. Jill? Their catalog arrived in the mail today and has some items in aqua and a color they call “grapefruit,” sort of a darker, warm pink, that I think are in your spring palette.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 4:34 pm

      Hi Cathy, thanks! I do pop into the store from time to time. The past few years, I’ve found their styles and colors a little to “soft” for me, but I know many people do like their clothes and find them to be a good value.

  12. Jill Ann
    January 28, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    I’m happy in shades of turquoise and aqua, cool greens (like celadon), and most blues, especially ice blue. I can also go for hot pink or pale, blue-based pink. I’ve always liked color, so no problem adding it to my wardrobe! Although I also wear black and charcoal grey quite a bit.

  13. February 8, 2020 / 4:30 am

    Indeed, the longest season is winter! Love your ideas…

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