12 Ways to Brighten Your Winter Wardrobe
By Truc Nguyen

When the skies are still dark on your morning commute, and the sun has set long before you get home from work, wearing vibrant hues instead of your usual black-and-neutrals palette can be an energizing, winning change. Whether you accent with a bright accessory or go all-in with colourful outerwear, we promise that you’ll think twice before defaulting to basic-black again.

Zara

Zara – Bow Blouse ($45.90)

Ultra Violet has been announced as PANTONE’s 2018 Colour of the Year, which means that you can expect to see it everywhere soon. Get an early start on the trend with this chic, high-collared blouse.

Nike

Nike - Air Huarache Run Ultra Breathe ($81)

These lightweight sneakers pack in plenty of high-tech details and a cool, retro-inspired design. And who can resist the cheery, pastel-gradient palette?

H&M

H&M – Down Jacket ($199)

Realizing that your go-to coat is simply not warm enough for this winter’s freezing temps? Consider upgrading to this quilted down jacket in a versatile, pretty green shade. We promise that you’ll stand out from the crowd of black parkas on the streets.

Zara

Zara – Floral Print Kimono ($99.90)

Bright, oversized floral prints are one of the biggest — and easy to pull off — runway trends for spring 2018. This stunning kimono works as an eye-catching layer for day, and paired with a slip dress for date night.

Old Navy

Old Navy – High-Rise Compression Leggings ($31)
Most of us probably have a handful of black and gray bottoms in our gym bag. Why not jazz up your next SoulCycle class by rocking pair of abstract floral leggings?

Uniqlo

Uniqlo – Ultra Light Down Compact Vest ($49.90)

Available in a rainbow of colours, including dark and light pink, this versatile layering piece looks just as good under your winter coat as it will look paired with a long-sleeved tee come spring.

Aldo

Aldo – Masciago Scarf ($25)

Layer this multi-coloured, faux-fur stole on top of your favourite wool coat, and you’ll be keeping warm in style all winter long.

J.Crew

J.Crew – Leather Bow Hair Ties ($16.50)

Luxe, minimalist hair accessories are definitely trending. Upgrade from drugstore elastic bands to these pretty leather hair ties and your everyday ponytail may never look the same.

Wilfred

Wilfred – Lonell Sweater ($165)

Unexpected, almost clashing colour combinations are of the trickiest runway trends for spring 2018. This Italian merino wool sweater is a fun and cozy way to try out the trend early!

Club Monaco

Club Monaco – Roquetta Slip-On Pump ($329)

The perfect shoes to have under your desk at work, to change into after the slushy, dirty commute in your heavy-duty winter boots.

Frank and Oak

Frank and Oak – Long Denim Overshirt ($69.99)

Denim is a wardrobe staple, but also happens to be a big trend this season. Why not wear a utilitarian, blue overshirt now as a wintertime layer, and then as a stand-alone jacket in a few months?

TNA

TNA – Glacial Skully Hat ($30)

One can never have enough cold-weather accessories, especially if you’re the kind of person who’s constantly misplacing them on public transit! In bright red, this slouchy knit hat with a faux-fur pom pom is anything but forgettable.

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Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance writer, fashion stylist, and creative director. When she’s not covering fashion week or working on shoots, Truc is an amateur mycologist and enjoys world travels with her family.

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