After weeks of feasting, rejoicing, and general merriment, the holiday season has drawn to a close. While we're greeting the new year with open arms, we still need to ease back into our daily grind. Those golden days of binge-watching Friends and eating cookies were fun but fleeting. Now, back in the real world, we're all about sticking to our fashion resolutions while keeping in mind the laissez-faire attitude of our off-duty days.
If there's anything we've learned from our favorite Instagrammers, it's that comfort and style are not mutually exclusive. With the right pieces and inspiration, you can dress up your chunkiest sweater and your most casual track pants. Below, we found five outfits that embody this delicate balance. These ensembles will undoubtedly inspire you to take a stylish (albeit baggy) leap into the first "real" week of the New Year.
Vanessa Hong found the chicest form of comfort in a Stella McCartney sweater dress. With its asymmetrical hem and melange-knit texture, this piece is unconventional and incredibly cozy.
Ah, that French je ne sais quoi, embodied by How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are's Caroline de Maigret. She makes a simple blazer-and-denim combo feel refreshing and special. (The backdrop doesn't hurt, either.)
In her belted, oversized jacket, Camille Charrière is a warrior against the cold. The blogger accents her all-black look with serious hardware, including a metal-detailed belt and zippered Giuseppe Zanotti boots.
No need to worry about dressing up your track pants when you find an eye-catching pair: Linda Tol simply tops off her python-printed trousers with classic Stan Smiths and a cashmere sweatshirt, adding a sophisticated touch to a casual ensemble.
With a bright winter coat, all of your #OOTDs will stand out. Take notes from Amber Venz Box, whose blue topper makes a simple T-shirt dress playful.