No, Mercury is not in retrograde—it’s just Blue Monday. Considered the saddest day of the year for its proximity to the end of the holiday season, the start of the tax season and gloomy weather, the day falls on the third Monday of January (Jan. 20) and typically puts a damper on the start of the week—but it doesn’t have to.
Make Blue Monday less sad (but more blue) with an outfit guaranteed to put you in a better mood. Featuring inspirational quotes, bright accents and embellished denim, these pieces will combat even the deepest Blue Monday blues.
Trust the Rainbow Denim Jacket
It’s hard to feel sad when you’re wearing a rainbow—especially one that has inspirational messages written on top of it. This painted denim design from Wren + Glory will brighten up both your outfit and your day, and the kimono silhouette makes it versatile enough for any season—so you can wear it well beyond Blue Monday.
Vetements Sticker Mid-Rise Straight Leg Jeans
Channel your inner kid circa second grade, when covering notebooks and folders with stickers was a favorite pastime. Instantly add some playfulness to your day with these jeans featuring an array of faux stickers, including a golden retriever along the zipper and Disney characters throughout. Pair with a brightly colored leotard and pumps to further combat the Monday blues.
UO Text Print Button-Down Overshirt
Feeling mellow? Even if you’re not, pretending is half the battle. Not quite a jacket; not quite a shirt, this in-between style from Urban Outfitters offers comfort, warmth and flair—everything you could possibly want in an outfit for the saddest day of the year.
Resolution Denim Jacket
With words like “smile,” “dream” and “inspire,” this Wren + Glory jacket is cheerful even when you aren’t—and the rainbow sequined sleeves help with that. Pair with equally flamboyant bottoms, like a tulle skirt, to complete the look.
Moleskine Limited Edition Denim Large Ruled Hard Cover Notebook
The best way to recover from a bad day is to write out your feelings, and this journal lets you do so in style. Covered in dark wash denim, the notebook features ivory-colored, lined paper and an elastic closure so you’ll never lose your page.
Alice & Olivia Neon Skinny Jean
Sometimes all it takes is wearing a bright color to lift your spirits, and this neon pink color is about as bright as they get. Their extreme high rise and playful button accents make them a focal point for a dreary day. Plus, the word “good” is inscribed on the waistband, which can serve as a reminder that better days are on the way.
Just Female Rilo Jeans in Sunflower
If neon pink isn’t your thing, mustard yellow is a good alternative. This pair from Just Female provides a relaxed fit to keep you feeling comfortable and looking cheerful all day.
Guess x J Balvin Color-Block Denim Vest
Turn the Monday blues into ’90s nostalgia and opt for a bold color-block piece like this Guess denim vest. With a button-snap closure and an elastic waist, this might be just what you need to feel more cheerful.
Fido Canine Trucker Bad to the Bone
There’s a reason why therapy dogs exist. Playing with a pet—or in this case, dressing one in chic denim—is proven to reduce stress levels. This canine denim jacket from DL1961 might rival the ones you have in your own closet.
Shein Slogan Graphic Raw Hem Ripped Jeans
Need help believing you’re great? These jeans have that message prominently displayed on the right leg to serve as a constant reminder. With heavy distressing and tears, they’re sure to make a statement—and a positive one.