Make the Most of Your Winter Wardrobe

For me, January has always been a time of fresh beginnings and evaluation – a time to organize, downsize and prioritize.  My wardrobe is no exception.  That’s why this month I’ve made a commitment to make the most of my winter wardrobe without adding anything to it.  I’m challenging myself to go without buying any new clothing, shoes or accessories in January.

If you’ve done a style challenge with me this past year, you’ve probably already discovered that less is more.  You most likely have fewer clothes now yet more pieces that you love.  And that’s a really good feeling.  It feels even better to know that you have countless outfit combinations waiting for you.  This month, I’m putting my wardrobe to the test and challenging myself to think outside the box and find new ways to wear old favorites – and hoping you’ll join me!

Today I’m revisiting some of my favorite winter looks featuring my winter wardrobe workhorses – like wool coats, scarves, sweaters and of course, leggings.

One of my favorite ways to add a little flair to outfits on cold days is by coordinating a scarf with my winter coats – like these fun tribal prints paired up with wool coats.

[Coat:  Similar/Sweater: Same/Scarf:  Similar/Watch:  Same/Jeans: Same/Boots: Similar]

Tribal Scarf Leather Leggings Full [Coat:  Similar/Sweater: Similar/Scarf:  Similar/Leggings: Same/Boots: Same]

A faux fur snood makes a trench coat perfectly wearable on a winter day.

trench-coat-skinny-jeans-boots [Coat:  Similar/Sweater: Similar/Scarf:  Similar/Jeans: Same/Watch: Same/Boots: Similar]

For a warm and comfortable look on a winter day, try pairing up neutrals with leggings.

Cashmere Nepali Scarf[Coat:  Similar/Top: Similar/Scarf:  Similar/Leggings: Same/Watch: Same/Boots: Same]

Cashmere Sweater Leggings Purse Full[Sweater:  Similar/Scarf: Similar/Purse:  Same/Leggings: Same/Boots: Similar]

It’s Your Turn:  Will you be making the most of your winter wardrobe this month too?  If so, let me know in the comments.

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49 Comments

  1. Angie from ReasonsToDress.com

    You are stunning in all of these pictures, and have a way of demystifying fashion. Your looks are so simple and yet well thought out and put together. Cheers to a 2015 filled with style, I can’t wait to see what you have in store!

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    • Alison

      I loved waking up to this Angie! You are so sweet. Thank you. Cheers to 2015!

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    • Alison

      Isn’t that red bag gorgeous!? One of my faves!

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  2. Susan Jeffries

    I am starting a new shopping budget this month too. I have way too much stuff that I never wear! I am hoping to add mostly classic pieces that can be styled many ways, with a fun piece thrown in here and there. My husband and I opened a new checking account and each of us has a “fun” budget. I am excited to see how it goes. I love the sweater in your last look!! Always beautiful! Susan

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    • Alison

      Susan, what a great idea to for a “fun” budget!

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  3. Marta C

    Happy New Year Alison! I love all of these looks, so well put together and simple yet very chic!! I especially love the tribal print scarves and the last look. I’m on a shopping freeze for now so I like these ideas for remixing.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    • Alison

      Happy New Year Marta. Having a shopping freeze is definitely okay! I love having to remix what’s in my closet. I find things that get hidden back there. 🙂

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  4. Inge

    You have the most beautiful coat collection! And those scarves, gorgeous!

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    • Alison

      Thank you, thank you! 🙂

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  5. Jill

    So many pretty looks! I love your scarf collection! Scarves really are a game changer and can completely change up a look! Here’s to no-shopping!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    • Alison

      I love scarves. A girl can never have too many! Don’t you agree? 😉

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  6. Lori

    I hoped to do no shopping in January but the workout wear sales got me! I enjoy your blog and style.

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    • Alison

      It’s hard to turn down a good sale, Lori. I understand completely! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Amy Ann

    I like that challenge because I too feel like my wardrobe is a little out of control at this time of year. Great looks!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    • Alison

      Thanks Amy Ann. Happy New Year!

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  8. Tatiana

    Great winter looks! The second and last one are my favorites. Great challenge to start the year!
    ~Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

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    • Alison

      Thank you Tatiana!

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  9. Nancy

    I agree less is more! I have one bag full of clothes I have not worn in a while ready to donate or take to the consignment store. I am excited to see what I can mix and match with what I have. I probably will have to purchase a few things. I do live in MN so the scarves come in handy. Love all the looks and looking forward to a fashionable 2015!

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    • Alison

      Great minds think alike Rebecca. 🙂

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  10. Kathy

    Love your coats! Especially that purple one! I am working my closet Alison!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Kathy! I love how the color stands out. 😉

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  11. Mary

    I’m definitely with you, Alison! I have so many winter clothes now that I love. Yesterday, I went into my closet and came up with 30 different outfits very easily. I could’ve kept going, too! That tells me that my shopping ban is the right thing to do, as hard as it is! We can do this challenge…thanks for the added inspiration.

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    • Alison

      30 different outfits?! That is amazing! We can do this together Mary!

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  12. Amy Johnson

    I love the first and third outfits. The colors in the first outfit are gorgeous, and the I love the fur in the third outfit. I don’t plan on getting rid of any clothes this January, because in the past when I got rid of clothes, they came back in style, and I regretted giving them away. I think trends come and go, and it’s best to just keep older clothes in another closet (if you have the space) for awhile. I don’t plan on buying any more clothes till spring, so my closet won’t be overflowing!

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    • Alison

      You are completely right about the trends. It would be nice to have another closet. 😉

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  13. Jo-Lynne Shane

    I love ALL these looks but I’m still lusting after that teal coat in the first picture. 🙂

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    • Alison

      I love the teal color SO much Jo-Lynne!

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  14. Suzie

    I am not on a purchase ban, so to speak, but there are very few clothing/shoe/jewelry items on my list. I am beiing very picky about what I purchase to fill those items. My highest priority goal was to improve my health through exercise, and I own exactly one pair of workout shorts! So workout clohing has been at the top of the list!

    Love your coats and the way you style them; just wish they were warm enough for the current weather up north.

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    • Alison

      Keep a look out for the work out gear sale Suzie! You will find amazing deals. 🙂

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  15. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    Thank you for giving me that extra motivation to organize and prioritize. I definitely need to do that as soon as possible! Love all your winter looks. The first one with the light blue coat and the faux fur snood are standouts to me. Have a great week, Allison! ~Cynthia

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    • Alison

      You’re welcome Cynthia! Cheers to an organized 2015!

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  16. Sarah C

    Yay for shopping your closet! I shopped my closet for the Winter Challenge and it felt good! I had been spending so much money building up my wardrobe. I feel at a good place, hopefully till Spring! I love a good coat, too bad it doesn’t get cold enough here to justify buying too many of them. I have so many as it is, and I wear them maybe a dozen times each year.

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    • Alison

      I am so glad you have everything set for your wardrobe! Can’t wait to have you join the next challenge Sarah! 🙂

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  17. Heather Wyancko

    I came across a famous quote about winter fashion being all about having fabulous outwear and you really do! I love all your bundle up looks – especially those leather leggings. The colors are beautiful!
    Heather Wyancko
    http://thrifstories.me

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    • Alison

      Thank you so much Heather. Do you by any chance know where you found the famous quote? Would love to hear it!

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  18. charity

    This fall I took a 90 break from clothes shopping. My 90 days have been up for about a month and I have yet to purchase any new clothes. It allowed me to see that I don’t need anything and to purchase things I don’t need just seems frivolous. I feel so much freer.

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    • Alison

      A 90 day break sounds like a great idea Charity. I should try it!

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  19. Sofia

    Happy New Year! May this year be filled with many blessings and great opportunities for you and your blog.
    What a great collections of beautiful coats you have.

    Have an amazing day!
    Love,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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    • Alison

      Happy New Year Sofia! Thank you for your sweet words.

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    • Alison

      Aren’t scarves so fun? Happy New Year Alice!

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  20. Ginnie

    Happy New Year, Alison! You have some great coats in your closet:) I need to simplify my wardrobe a bit this year and get rid of things I never wear.

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    • Alison

      Happy New Year, Ginnie! A simplified year sounds perfect to me. You’ve got me thinking. I like that a lot. 😉

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  21. Katie

    Always love your looks Alison!! I’m trying to make it the whole year without spending money on clothing….eeeekkkkk…wish me luck!! Ummmm….Maybe I’ll go with your theory and take it one month at a time!! 🙂

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    • Alison

      Sending some positive thoughts! No spending money on clothing for a full year seems too hard for me to grasp right now. One month at a time sounds much better or maybe every other month? 😉

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  22. Sheaffer

    Love all the looks, but that blue coat with the tribal scarf is my favorite! GORGEOUS!

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    • Alison

      I’m a little obsessed with tribal right now. 😉

      Reply

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