Now that the new year is here and vacation is a distant memory, it’s time to get dressed like a grown person again. Are you staring into your closet and wondering what to wear in January 2020, dear reader? We’ve got ideas and style inspiration on what to wear in January 2020 to work, adventures in the city, chilling on the weekend, date night and a beach vacation. Spoiler alert: embrace the winter blues.
what to wear in January 2020
We think the perfect color palette for the month of January in the Northern Hemisphere, where the weather story is mostly about ice, cold and snow, is one that’s as crisp, sharp and fresh as the wintry mountain air.
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Specifically, instead of fighting the winter blues, we say embrace them. And make the colors of ice, snow, fog and sleet the cornerstones of your January wardrobe.
Meaning: every possible shade of blue, white, ivory, silver, grey and a bit of purple. And perhaps just a thread or two of gold. Or a pop of red, like a cardinal in the snow.
In terms of texture, we vote for faux fur, silky-softness and warmth – wardrobe items that feel like a hug. Because there’s real work to be done in January. But it doesn’t have to feel like an interminable slog.
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If you’re down with that color palette, here are 5 great ways to channel the essence of January in your wardrobe all month long in smart, fresh and fun fashion.
what to wear for work in January 2020
Heading back to the office isn’t always the most fun prospect – make it more fun (or at least more stylish) with these new designer options in cool shades of blue, grey and white.
Perhaps begin with Gabriella Hearst’s smart new tailored suit with a jacket ($1,750) and slim trousers ($990), which would be great paired with white Gianvito Rossi pumps ($695) or cool pale blue ankle boots ($1,195). Dolce’s charcoal grey knit top ($995) has just enough shimmer to lift your mood on a slushy commute. Ditto this ocean blue blouse from Balenciaga ($1,150). Pair them with sophisticated high-waisted wide-legged trousers from Victoria Beckham ($354).
A softer play would be a classic winter white wool dress from Stella McCartney ($1,130).
For work bags, we love the BOYY Bobby leather tote ($1,395), the Balenciaga classic City Bag in a snakeskin print ($1,850). And for a pop of color, Valentino’s VLOCK shoulder bag in powder blue and red ($2,295).
Jazz up your workday with a cute new hair clip from Shrimps ($125), or a blue zebra-print scarf from Ganni ($70). Or with new specs from Celine ($424). Wrap it all up in a deep navy wool coat from Max Mara ($3,890).
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For adventures in the city in January 2020
When refined casual is the dress code of the day, there are some fantastic new pieces to enliven your January wardrobe. Maybe it’s brunch and shopping with friends. Or a trip to a new museum show. Whatever the weather, these will be smart options.
Jumpsuits are still with us, and we love this dark denim version from Stella McCarthy ($1,395). Gucci has a great casual navy blue dress ($1,500), STAUD is going all in with a zebra print ($205), and Gabriella Hearst has a chic-simple A-line knit dress that will go anywhere ($1,290).
You can go tough-luxe with Givenchy’s black denim jacket ($1,120), or a pair of black leather trousers from Rag & Bone ($1,195). Accessories options are endless – there’s the Cassette bag from “it” brand Bottega Veneta ($2,250). Or a plush purple faux fur bag from Nanushka ($225). Purple earrings from Isabel Marant ($300) would provide a nice pop of color, as would the brand’s cool tall silver boots ($1,465).
Other footwear options are blue suede Marmont mules from Gucci ($730), or barely-there teal blue sandals from The Row ($790). You can’t go wrong with frosty sunglasses from xx. And this fantastic multicolored Acne Studios scarf ($196) pulls everything together beautifully.
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what to wear For Chilling on the Weekend in January 2020
Nothing is as cozy as a winter weekend curled up with a good book, or a great movie, or someone you love. To get the hygge going, we love this striped wool and cashmere sweater from Tory Burch ($515), and RE/DONE skinny jeans ($260). Even better? A luxe cashmere blend hoodie ($1,750) and track pants ($1,595) from Chloe in heather grey. These Gucci Princetown fur-lined blue velvet slippers ($890) seem like a no-regrets choice for an off-duty winter day.
If you have to go out – maybe to grab another bottle of wine? – don’t forget the white furry Moon boots ($190), the Moncler puffer coat ($2,320) and knit hat ($450), a creamy scarf from Loro Piana ($475) and an adorable Loewe bunny bag in shearling ($1,650). If you need a bit more room, go for the new cool blue Valentino Rockstud tote ($1,345).
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what to wear For Date Night in January 2020
The romance of winter is never to be taken lightly, so when date night rolls around, you can keep the colors cool no matter how hot your romance is. Saint Laurent ($3,990) and Valentino (#,890) have chic mini-dresses in icy blues. And London-based Galvan is offering a shimmering halter dress two ways – one like ice ($1,595), and one like snow ($1,595).
For a more playful take on winter, we love Christopher Kane’s white satin mini-dress and matching jacket ($1,995).
Accessorize it with this embellished sky blue velvet headband from Lele Sadoughi ($150), which seems to be straight from Frozen. Or diamond earrings from Eera ($1,924). Navy satin shoes with crystal daisies from Fabrizio Viti ($740), or white Jimmy Choos with a fringe ($1,495), or Louboutins with crystal studs ($1,095)? Your call. Grab an ice-blue clutch ($447), a Paco Rabanne disco ball bag ($1,150), or a navy and crystal top-handle bag from Rodo ($945). And wrap it all up with Ganni’s new evening coat in shimmering gray ($340).
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what to wear For a Beach Vacation in January 2020
Lucky you! Living in a warm climate or heading for one for a beach vacation this month! Either way, you can adopt the cool winter vibe if you choose with these gorgeous options.
La Double J has a magnificent new sapphire blue midi dress ($995). We also love this sky blue full skirt from Thierry Colson ($475). An unstructured navy blouse from Etro ($750) is the perfect match for these tailored white Giambattista Valli trousers ($1,130). Or mosaic-patterned shorts from Le Sirenuse Positano ($290). Aurélie Bidermann’s gorgeous blue earrings ($599) would elevate any or all of them.
Grab a pair of snow-white sneakers from Alexander McQueen ($490), or teal Gabriella Hearst slides ($790). A new pair of FENDI sunglasses ($520), or a Jill Sander fringed scarf ($380), and you’re good to go.
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Those are our ideas for you on how to not just survive, but to thrive this month. What to wear in January 2020 to work, adventures in the city, chilling on the weekend, date night and a beach vacation. Happy shopping – and have fun out there.
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