Put Away Dark Colors — Brights Are Your New BFFs For Winter

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Winter fashion has historically been dominated by heavy fabrics in dark colors. A typical seasonal color palette consists of blacks, browns, grays, and maybe some burgundy, eggplant, or moss green. In recent years, winter whites have also become a trend, meaning crisp, monochromatic ivory outfits from beanie to boots.

This year, however, we're daring you to step out of your comfort zone and give brights a try. A hot pink puffer coat can heat up any icy chill and a blue mohair scarf is sure to brighten up even the dreariest days. We're not suggesting you throw out all of your black and navy sweaters — just mix them up with a few Crayola-colored statement pieces, like the ones we rounded up below.

Gap 100% Recycled Polyester Relaxed Heavyweight Cropped Puffer Jacket
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Gap 100% Recycled Polyester Relaxed Heavyweight Cropped Puffer Jacket

Beat the winter blues with an impossibly bright neon-pink puffer coat, like this one ($148) from Gap. This piece is guaranteed to make you smile every time you reach for it. Wear it with leggings, a turtleneck sweater, and snow boots for après ski-inspired drinks.

Gap Vintage Soft Classic Joggers
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Gap Vintage Soft Classic Joggers

Vivid red clothing is not just for Santa this holiday season. The cherry-hued Gap Vintage Soft Classic Joggers ($50) are an easy way to incorporate color into your winter wardrobe. If you're feeling really bold, red and pink make an unexpectedly chic and modern color combo.

For Love & Lemons Andie Zip Front Sweater
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For Love & Lemons Andie Zip Front Sweater

This chunky cable knit sweater ($342) from For Love & Lemons exudes retro energy. It's all about details, from the front zipper to the polo collar. We suggest styling it with high-waisted mom jeans, thick socks, and white sneakers.

Lisa Says Gah Luca Pants
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Lisa Says Gah Luca Pants

With a more sophisticated look than sweatpants, but the same comfortable stretch, the Lisa Says Gah Luca Pants ($129) are perfect for a low-key holiday party look. Dress them up with a fuzzy cardigan, high-heeled mules, and lots of sparkles.

Rachel Antonoff Terry Puffer
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Rachel Antonoff Terry Puffer

The Rachel Antonoff Terry Puffer ($395) features alternating candy-colored stripes and a pink quilted interior. With a jacket this playful, you can keep the rest of your look simple. Or, embrace maximalism like the model does by layering it over a contrasting pattern.

Acne Studios Blue Fringed Checked Knitted Scarf
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Acne Studios Blue Fringed Checked Knitted Scarf

Maybe you're a bit intimidated by bright colors, or you just don't care for them. Try bringing brights into your accessories with this Acne Studios Blue Fringed Checked Knitted Scarf ($290). The fuzzy mohair adds a cozy touch to any outfit.

Gap Oversized Hoodie
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Gap Oversized Hoodie

Everyone needs an oversized hoodie in their closet, and we adore this purple tie-dye Gap option ($70). Over 80 5-star reviews boast about the quality and fit of this pullover. Stumped for gift ideas for the teen in your life? You can't go wrong with a fun, comfy hoodie.

Ganni Rib Knit Vest
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Ganni Rib Knit Vest

Sweater vests, like this cobalt blue Ganni Rib Knit Vest ($195), are totally having a moment right now. Lean into the prep of this piece by pairing it with a plaid skirt, tights, and platform loafers. You may even want to complete the look with one of Ganni's colorful berets or scarves.