Make Room for Fashion: Accessories That Pop

I think I’m in trouble. It’s only January, and I’m already bored with my winter wardrobe. I’ve done what I always seem to do at this time of year—worn my favorite three sweaters and jeans so much that I can’t even look at them anymore—and everything else in my closet is beginning to look like one big grey-black blur. I’m dreaming of spring but it’s months away, and if I’m to make it through winter, I simply must find a way to liven up my dull-looking winter outfits.

Today, as I wrapped up to face the cold weather and run errands with my son and my husband, I put on my navy jacket, black hat and grey scarf as I usually do. Next, I helped my son put on his jacket (royal blue), his gloves (multi-colored stripes) and his shoes (red sneakers)—and it occurred to me that I could learn a thing or two if I took some style advice from my three-year-old.

Inspired, I swapped my black cross-body bag for a red satchel, my black gloves for my green ones and my grey scarf for a pastel striped cashmere. A final check in the mirror confirmed that by adding a few splashes of color, I’d transformed my outfit entirely.
Seriously, adding color to a cold-weather wardrobe can work wonders in fighting off the winter blues. Start by thinking about the outermost elements of your outfit. A colorful handbag will stand out against a plain black or grey winter coat, brightly-colored sunglasses will add dimension to wintery, pale skin, and bright gloves in red, green or blue look so much more interesting than boring black ones.

Click through to shop some winter extras that pop.

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It may be dipping into the teens this week in New York—but most days, thankfully, we'll still get our fair share of sunshine. Luckily for us, that means another opportunity to accessorize. I adore these red Mande sunglasses by Oliver Peoples. They are also pretty fabulous in teal.
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You may be bundled up in a dark-colored coat and hat, but your handbag is the outermost part of your outfit and the perfect opportunity to add a dash of color to your look. Why settle for black when you could be showing off this gorgeous blue satchel by Givenchy.
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Though we may only see six inches of snow or so, red opaque tights with knee-high boots and a black dress would add instant glam to an otherwise monochromatic look.
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Lighten up with a lightweight vest—perfect for layering under a coat for extra warmth without the bulk. The high collar will show above your coat, so go for bright yellow, purple, baby blue or lime green. 
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I have some bright green leather gloves that I wear daily in winter months and they just make me feel a little cheerier than my boring black ones. Try these blue leather cashmere-lined gloves and see if they have the same effect.
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Take a page from your kiddies' style manual and opt for some super-fun mittens like these by Kate Spade.

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