January is all about fresh starts. From investing in new self-care habits to setting new goals or intentions for the year ahead, we all want to start the year off on the right foot – and in the right outfits, of course. January is a great time of year to try out some new adventurous pieces, totally change up your aesthetic, parse back your wardrobe, or find ways to refresh or upgrade your favorite looks from last year. No matter how you want to change it up, you can start the year off right by looking and, more importantly, feeling your best in some trendy ‘fits.
Of course, January also tends to be a chilly or downright cold month, so comfort and warmth are just as important as style. Finding seasonally stylish looks is key, so read on for five totally January outfits that are as practical for the weather as they are on-trend for 2023.
The denim-on-denim trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and the same is true for straight-leg jeans. You can pull this trend off with ease by pairing a long-sleeve denim button-up top with your favorite pair of straight-leg jeans. The trick to rocking denim with denim is to have enough contrast between pieces, so if your top is dark-wash denim, pair it with a super light-wash pair of jeans.
Light-wash straight-leg jeans are on-trend, especially if you opt for a cropped ankle-length pair. Complete this look with a pair of Chelsea boots and a trendy (and warm) oversized wool-blend coat. Add a knit beanie for a perfect relaxed weekend look, and if it’s an extra chilly day, you can rock a thermal shirt layer under your denim button-up.
While maxi dresses are a summer and spring staple for most of us, you can easily style them for cold-weather wear. And these flattering hemlines are definitely "in,” so our next January 2023 look centers around this trend.
Start with a black quarter-length sleeve maxi dress that you can wear with a pair of black tights or leggings for added warmth. Now that you have this versatile base pair it with a pop of color with a fun, vibrant cropped puffer coat. Puffer coats are having a moment, especially retro metallic or print ones, and a cropped puffer pairs perfectly with an ankle-length maxi dress. Rock this look with a pair of trendy platform women's loafers or some black lace-up boots.
Another trend that seems to be sticking around is the cottagecore aesthetic. Cottagecore is as easy as it's comfy and universally flattering, making it the perfect aesthetic to keep you warm this January.
For an effortless cottagecore look, start with a pair of high-waist straight-leg women’s corduroy pants in a shade like evergreen, rust red, or tan. Pair these with a chunky or textured off-white crewneck sweater. For added warmth, you can layer your sweater over a crewneck thermal or even a turtleneck or a button-up flannel with the collar peeking out. Achieve your cottagecore dreams by wearing this outfit with a pair of slip-on or lace-up black or dark brown boots.
While the straight-leg trend is here to stay, January forecasts show that wide-leg jeans are vying for the spotlight. Opt for a pair of high-waist dark blue wide-leg denim jeans and rock these perfectly retro bottoms with a bright women's sweater.
When we say bright here, we mean really bright – fluorescents are big for 2023, so you can go wild with your hues or prints. Try a highlighter pink, yellow, or green sweater, or opt for a fun and vibrant print. For an extra current and fresh look, complete this outfit with white chunky boots, and add a zip-up puffer layer for warmth.
The maxi trend isn’t just true for dresses, so this next look begins with a high-waist maxi skirt. Go for a print maxi skirt, like leopard or cheetah spots, or a vintage plaid. Pair this maxi skirt with a luxurious (and solid-color, to avoid clashing with your print skirt) cashmere sweater that you can tuck into the waistline of your skirt.
Pair this outfit with a relaxed, oversized overcoat in a hue that complements both the colors in your skirt and the hue of your sweater. With some chunky neutral-toned boots, you’ll be unstoppable this January.
Of course, if you get hit with a January snowstorm, you can also rock any of these looks with some cute snow boots instead of the suggested footwear above! Warm, on-trend, and comfy yet stylish, these outfits will easily become your favorite looks for anything on your agenda this month.