1. Make sure your pants are not all the same color. Even in a very conservative office you can choose from black, navy, various shades of grey, and brown. A tweed or herringbone pattern can also add some pizzazz without causing you to look unprofessional. If you are dressing for a more creative workplace or for the weekend, be adventurous with a deep eggplant, burgundy, or forest green.
2. If your bottoms will be essentially the same every day, your tops are responsible for making your look stand out. This means that you shouldn't wear a cardigan every single day of the week (although I have totally been guilty of this). In a five day work week, try to limit your sweater wearing to three days. Of those three days, one day is for cardigans, one for pullovers, and one for sweater jackets. The other two days you might wear a blazer, or just a long sleeve blouse without any layering piece. By enforcing limits on how often you can wear certain things, you will be less likely to fall into a style rut. Also be sure to accessorize with jewelry, scarves, or belts if your ensemble is feeling drab.
3. Get a few great pairs of shoes. An ankle boot can look very chic under pants while also offering extra protection from the elements. I adore my wedge ankle booties and although they are not flashy or glamorous, I feel really happy and confident every time I put them on. Different shoes can put you in different moods so you can use them to add some swagger to an outfit.
4. Check the weather report at the beginning of each week to see if there will be a warmer day in the mix when you can wear a dress or skirt without freezing your legs off. Even if you only get to ditch the pants once or twice a month, it can be refreshing to wear something different. For those who really do not want to wear pants all winter, you can add extra layers to your legs during your commute. It is fairly common in the winter for me to see women at the bus stop wearing sweatpants underneath their dresses and skirts. All it requires is a quick costume change in the bathroom at work.
How has your style changed now that the weather has gotten colder? Share your thoughts in the comments!