Here are some crisp, simple outfits that might help with the Winter blues. Each has a bright element or two, but also has neutrals in the mix. I wear solid bright coats, knitwear, pants, scarves, hats, and bags throughout the cold-weather season, so I look like Spring in the middle of Winter. Brights and whites energize me, and fight the doldrums that can fester as we patiently wait for Spring. 

1. Bright Top and Topper

This is a combination I wear frequently, but with a sweater instead of a tee. I combine a pair of on-trend blue jeans with a bright pullover. I add boots or hi-tops in a shade of white. I top the lot off with a dressy bright coat in another bright. I add a scarf, bag and beanie in a third bright, or leave them Winter white to match my shoes.

Bright Top and Topper

2. Light Neutrals and a Bright

Combine a pair of olive or tan utility pants with a bright cotton sweater like this yellow hoodie. Finish off the look with white sneakers and a white denim jacket to create a matching effect that pulls the look together. Choose a colour other than yellow if that’s not your cup of tea.

Light Neutrals and a Bright

3. Columned and Colour Blocked

Create a bright column of colour with a dress or matching separates. Add neutral shoes. Here black shoes bookend the model’s hair and look great with the cobalt sweater dress. Add a bright and contrasting handbag to create a colour-blocked effect. Orange is great with blue! I see a black coat over the lot for extra insulation.

Columned and Colour Blocked

4. Bright, Neutral, and a Stripe

I LOVE wearing solid bright pants and have amassed a fab-for-me collection. I wear them with solid sweaters in clashing yet complementary brights, the same colour, navy, or white and cream. I’d wear a navy striped sweater too. Here, a navy and white ribbed and fitted sweater is combined with tomato red pants. White sneakers match the white in the top. A toffee trench coat graces the top, and perfectly matches the model’s hair. I’d throw in a white or red bag, and my pearls. Now that my hair is a dark honey blonde, I can see adding a trench coat in a similar colour to my coat capsule. You can send the outfit to me please.

Bright Neutral and a Stripe