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It's Too Early to Already be Bored With Winter Dressing

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Dear Frank,

Spring is so far off, but I am already sick of wearing my winter clothes. What will make me excited about getting dressed again? I was so thrilled by cold-weather outfits back in September.

Cold-Front Quandary

Dear Cold-Front,

Tell me about it. It's already been such a long, hard slog of a winter and we're only about a month in. To say the very least, it's daunting.

But there's no reason you can't still have a little fun with your closet for the next couple of pre-thaw months.

For one, we're in the thick of clearance mania. Amp up your winter blues with a little something special from the clearance racks or sale section of your favorite shop or website.

As I type, sites like Net-a-Porter, The Corner, and Stylebop are offering big, fat discounts on brands like A.P.C., Kenzo, and Marc Jacobs.

Meanwhile, at the mall, whole floors of department stores like Nordstrom and whole sections of specialty retailers like Gap are devoted to fire-sale markdowns. Pro-tip: Head to a regional flagship (or, better yet, the brand's saddest, smallest outlet) to blow through all the consolidated sale stuff from all the stores in your general area where you'll find some gems. Besides, nothing makes getting dressed more fun than a brand new favorite thing. Especially if you pay almost nothing for it.

A fun, unnecessary coat, via

My suggestion: Search the sales for a new winter coat. Not a sensible, durable, neutral coat that's just sort of warm and fine. A fun coat. A coat you totally don't need. A peacock-colored peacoat; a parka lined in leopard print; a wacky blanket coat from Pendleton or Hudson Bay. The kind of coat that will make you smile when you open your closet and remember you have it; the kind of coat that strangers on commuter trains tell you they love.

Otherwise, it is the new year. Stores are stocking resortwear. Bathing suits abound. All said, I see no reason you can't start lightening your looks with a little Spring.

Obviously, I'm not talking about sandals, but why can't you, at least on those bright, clear winter days that make spring seem nearly sprung, shake off the winter drabs with a shot of color? Not Easter color—but red or cobalt or tangerine or violet.

What about mixing in a printed, lighter-weight scarf? Or choosing a soft, heathery cashmere or merino instead of that weighty, weighted lambswool? Wear sunglasses. Wear florals. Wear green.

Try putting your outfits together differently. Try new color combinations. Dig out some of the stuff you haven't worn in a year or two. Wear something really, really nice—a special occasion outfit on an ordinary day.

Listen: If you love your clothes (and if you're reading Racked you very likely love your clothes), getting dressed should usually be pretty fun—no matter the season. So make it fun.

Got a style question for Frank? Leave it in the comments or email one in here. Then buckle your two-toned leather Moschino belts, folks, because it's going to be ? Something.
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