3 Outfits to Break Out of a Winter Style Rut

Spring will be here soon enough, but it’s not quite here yet and that means you may be in a winter style rut. It’s been cold for months now and you just don’t have the interest to pick out another outfit. Another sweater… And what’s the point when you are hiding a cute outfit under a heavy jacket? Break out of that winter style rut with these three outfits.

winter outfits for women over 40, outfits to break out of a winter style rut
  1. Add some color. Layer up a colorful flannel shirt with a puffer vest and colorful infinity scarf. Tall boots will help keep you warm. It’s okay to go ahead and wear some bright colors to break out of that winter style rut.
bright vest and plaid flannel
break out of a winter style rut with bright colors and layers

Shirt – Walmart; option vest- JCrew Factory; option jeans Articles of Society; option option boots- Vince Camuto; option option earrings- similar

2. Wear your neutral chunky sweater with patterned pants. Pair a white cable knit sweater with snakeskin jeans. Try tucking the sweater. It’s the same as tucking any other top, just play with it a bit because a sweater is a little bulkier.

front tuck a chunky sweater paired with snakeskin jeans to break out of a winter style rut

Sweater – Gap; jeans- Wit and Wisdom; option booties- Cole Haan- option; belt- Amazon; earrings- option

Same concept here- Neutral chunky sweater + patterned pants. This time it’s a black cowl neck with camo pants.

camo pants and black turtleneck
winter camo pants outfit to break a winter style rut

Jacket- Nordstrom; similar sweater- Loft; pants- Wit and Wisdom/ Nordstrom; option shoes- Dr. Scholls

3. Go with preppy layers- a button up+sweater+ blazer. Add a leopard or plaid loafer. I wore this to work recently. You can also create this look with olive jeans.

layered office outfit
preppy winter outfit

Blazer- thrifted; option; option sweater- JCrew Factory; shirt- JCrew Factory; pants- JCPenney; available in tall option shoes- Steve Madden; necklace- Kendra Scott; similar earrings- option

Related: Four Go To Outfit Formulas to Get You Through the Rest of Winter

Other ways to break out of a winter style rut:

Clean out your closet. Anytime I feel uninspired, a good closet cleaning and purging is sure to bring my attention to something new. You might be tempted to go shopping, but I suggest shopping your closet first.

Pull out spring or summer pieces and find a way to “winterize them.” Throw a sweater over a dress, or pair it with a favorite spring skirt and boots.

Try a new lipstick or makeup.

How do you break out of a style rut?