When we think of a winter wardrobe, we think of black, navy, and neutral colors. We think of oversized sweaters and black boots. When we think of a winter wardrobe, it’s usually not an image of a bright and colorful outfit.

But where did this idea that because it’s cold outside, we have to dress in dark colors, come from? Where did people get the idea to store away their colorful tees and instead stock up on navy sweaters the second the weather gets cold?

Look outside at any time during the winter, and the majority of people will be wearing dark colors. But just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to stop wearing colors. Bringing a pop of color to a cold winter day is like the light in a dark room. The idea that dark colors have to be worn in the winter shouldn’t be so emphasized, so here are a few ideas on how you can bring a pop of color into your winter wardrobe:

Patterned Boots

A reliable pair of black winter boots is something that everyone needs. They’re versatile and go with everything- but they’re not fun. And that is why it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of fun patterned boots for this winter season. Animal print is a fun and subtle way to bring a little excitement into an otherwise dark outfit, and neon heels are really fun for a night out.

Neon Hat

Neon was a big hit this summer, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely. A neon hat is a perfect way to continue to neon trend into the summer while still sticking to the cold weather rules of needing a hat. A neon pink or yellow beanie is a great way to add a fun pop of color to any outfit.

Colorful Turtleneck

I don’t know about you, but turtlenecks are my go-to in the winter. And while essential colored turtlenecks in black and white are necessary, it’s also a good idea to invest in a few that are more colorful. A colorful blue turtleneck will look amazing paired with baggy black jeans and is subtle enough to wear every day but bright enough to make a statement.

Statement Belt

Long gone are the days of sticking to solid black buckle belts, statement belts are the way to go. Pair a glittery gold chain belt with a simple black sweater and jeans, and your outfit is immediately brought up a notch. A statement belt is an easy way to add something exciting to an otherwise simple outfit.

Colorful Bag

Bags are not just an accessory. They are a part of the outfit. Bags are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe because of how many different styles there are. Mini bags were all the rave this summer and made any outfit look chic and trendy. Whether you’re into mini bags, shoulder bags, or totes- find one that adds some color to your dark wardrobe.

Statement Scarf

Scarves are necessary for the winter, so why not make them fun? If you’re wearing a simple black jacket, wear a fun statement scarf with it to add a pop of color to your outfit. You can go for something more durable like a patterned wool scarf that will keep you warm or a sleek silk scarf that will make you look that much more stylish.

Bold Jewelry

Stack on as many necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings this winter for an outfit that makes a statement. A colorful necklace is an easy way to bring a pop of color to a dull sweater, and bold earrings are fun for both a day or night outfit.

Bright makeup

This one might not be an article of clothing, but it still very much applies to adding a pop of color to a winter wardrobe! Bright and fun makeup is totally in style and is a great way to make a winter outfit more exciting. Add a bright yellow or pink eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye or experiment with face jewels for a night out.


Layers are not only an excellent way to stay warm in the winter, but they also will keep you looking stylish despite the cold. Wear your neon pink beanie with your layered gold jewelry and snakeskin boots. If you think it’s too much, remind yourself how great you look and that there’s no reason to stick to dark colors in the winter. Have fun with your wardrobe all year long!