9 Refreshingly Cool Ways to Liven Up Your Look Right Now

Another day, another sweatpants and puffer jacket outfit… am I right? It's not always easy to feel sartorially inspired during the throes of winter—bulky layers and drab, dark hues can get pretty tedious after a while. So if you're looking for a little uplifting style inspiration right about now, then you've come to the perfect place! Below we're sharing nine cool ways you can liven up your look that is guaranteed to boost your mood, elevate your outfits, and invigorate your Instagram feed.

Included in the mix are chic accessories, modern silhouettes, and beautiful basics along with some of spring 2021's biggest trends that are easy to pull off right now (and perfect for getting ahead of the fashion curve). Get inspired by some of our favorite fashion girls and take a peek below for ideas on how to amp up your outfits this season.

Add a Pop of Pink

Vibrant bubblegum pink is set to be one of the biggest spring/summer color trends. Get ahead of the curve and integrate the lively hue within your outfit now, whether it's with a statement sweater or a chic handbag. It's guaranteed to banish any winter blues.


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Try a Cool Cutout

We're all living in sweaters right now, so why not jazz up your knits with a trending cutout silhouette? They'll add a refreshingly modern touch to any winter outfit.


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Slip Into a Statement Second-Skin Top

When it comes to winter layering, start with a tissue-thin top in a playful print. It'll liven up your outfit in an instant and will add a fun touch underneath your neutral cardigans and coats.


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Get Creative With Your Layering 

The cold-weather gives us the perfect opportunity to experiment with layering and is key to creating a compelling look. Play with textures and colors within your outfit to keep things interesting.


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Carry a Furry Bag

Adding a little plush texture to your ensembles will breathe new life into your look. A shearling or faux-fur bag is the perfect way to do it.


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Try Checkerboard Prints

A big trend for spring 2021, checkerboard prints are having a major moment on Instagram right now and are unquestionably one of the coolest ways to zhuzh up your winter look.


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Elevate Your Outfit With Logo Tights

Tights are a winter essential, but if you want to get fancy treat yourself to a luxury logo pair for an Insta-worthy look.


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Switch Up Your Neckline

Even the smallest change in silhouette can make your outfit look fresh. Try a trending asymmetric neckline for a contemporary-cool touch.


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Cinch Your Waist With a Chain Belt

How about a chain waist belt to elevate your loungewear and leggings this season? They're a fashion-girl favorite right now.


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Up next, I'm a fashion stylist in NY—here's how to create three cool layered looks this winter.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.