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35 Winter Chic Designer Fashions to Love for January 2022

what to wear to look winter chic in January

Now that the new year is here and the late December lull is a distant memory, it’s time to get dressed for real again. Are you staring into your closet and wondering what to wear in January 2022? We’ve got ideas, style inspiration and expert advice on what designer fashions are perfect to wear in January 2022 to be winter chic at work, off-duty, while working out, on date night and even on a much-needed beach vacation. Here’s a hint: resistance is futile, so let’s just embrace the winter blues.

what to wear in January 2022

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 warmthwardrobe 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.

style inspiration for what to wear in the month of January 2022

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 2022

Getting our heads back into full-on work mode isn’t always the most fun prospect. We get it. So, make it more fun (or at least more stylish) with these new designer options in cool shades of blue, grey and white.

Perhaps start the work week with a navy cashmere dress from Raey ($787). Or sharp tailoring from “it” brand Wardrobe.NYC, like this pair of ivory trousers ($625) and coordinating suit jacket ($1,200). The heel on this new shoe from Jil Sander ($1,090) evokes a crystalline block of January ice.

What to wear to work in designer fashion in January 2022.

What to wear to work in designer fashion in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

Accessorize with chic glass earrings from Annika Inez ($347) or this grey-blue Gucci Marmont crossbody. Wrap it all up in a boss lady navy trench from Burberry ($3,550).

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What to wear for off-duty adventures in January 2022

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.

You could opt for Third Form’s ribbed-knit slim midi skirt ($190). We love this pale blue sweatshirt from Balmain ($600). This cream sweater from Bottega Veneta. And these crescent moon print indigo jeans from Marine Serre ($1,240). And who wouldn’t love showing up in this fabulous Faz Not Fur denim blue faux fur coat ($1,100)?

What to wear off-duty in designer fashion in January 2022

What to wear off-duty in designer fashion in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

Accessories options in this color palette are practically endless – start with a smart woven tote from Dragon Diffusion ($421). Alexander McQueen’s ivory thick-soled Wander leather shoes ($850) would also get the job done.

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what to wear For working out or hanging out in January 2022

Of course, lots of people (that would be us) love outdoor sports and exercise in the winter. Others are looking to up their indoor workout wear game. For working out – or just hanging out – here are some of our top picks.

Everyone raves about Girlfriend Collective sports bras and leggings, so how about this navy pair ($170) with the coordinating top? They also come in pale blue. Even better? A luxe cashmere hoodie ($674) and coordinating sweatpants ($560) in heather grey from Raey. Maybe paired with Prada’s navy stretch-knit sneakers ($720).

What to wear working out in designer fashion in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

What to wear to work out or for outdoor sports in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

If golfing’s your thing (or even if it’s not), you have to snag this padded golf sweatshirt ($490) from Bogner. Or play pick-up hoops in this tie-dyed tracksuit ($154 for the top and for the bottoms) from The Upside. When you’re done skiing or snowboarding, and it’s time for après ski, don’t forget the white snow boots ($600), quilted puffer jacket ($475) and a cute bag, like this ultra-luxe gym bag from Alexander McQueen ($1,290).

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what to wear For Date Night in January 2022

The romantic potential of winter should never be underestimated. So when date night rolls around in January, you can keep the colors cool, no matter how hot your romance is.

For instance, this icy blue mini dress ($1,550) from David Koma is red hot. The more demure might opt for this silver lame maxi from The Vampire’s Wife ($2,310). Or a simple top paired with this Dodo Bar Or sequined pencil skirt ($550).

What to wear for date night in designer fashion in January 2022

What to wear for date night in designer fashion in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

Mateo’s drop earrings elegantly evoke snow and ice ($4,500). As do Amina Muaddi’s crystal-strap sky blue sandals ($1,345). Accessorize further with this silver star-shaped crystal clutch from Judith Leiber ($3,874). Finally, if your dinner date is at an outdoor sidewalk café, for a playful take on winter chic we love Jennifer Behr’s embellished beanie ($389).

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what to pack and wear for a Beach vacation in January 2022

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.

A printed maxi dress ($850) from the master of the floaty summer frock, Johanna Ortiz, is good starting point. We love this simple white linen mini dress ($252) from Posse. When it’s time for the pool, this crinkled one-piece ($170) from Australian brand Bond-Eye might be in order. And this “Sky” pendant necklace from By Alona would be a nice touch, too.

What to pack for a beach vacation in January 2022

What to pack and wear for a beach vacation in January 2022. Courtesy Photos.

Pair any of them with a minimalist navy tote, like this one from Khaite. Grab a pair of sunnies from The Row x Oliver Peoples collab ($405) and sparkling shoes, like Bottega Veneta’s silver stretch sandals ($1,150). Or maybe go wild with the latest collab between Balenciaga and Crocs and sport these “Madame” rubber pumps. And just like that, you’re good to go.

what to wear this January 2022

Those are our ideas for you on how to not just survive, but to thrive this month. 35 thoughts on what to wear in January 2022 to work, off-duty, while working out, on date night and even on a runaway beach vacation. Whatever your plans are, stay safe and strong out there, dear reader.

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and cats of all kinds. 

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