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Stand Out at Your Next Party with These 5 Surprising Styling Tricks

Because you're so much better than a basic outfit.

Textile, Fur clothing, Lipstick, Fashion, Natural material, Street fashion, Animal product, Fur, Flash photography, Fashion model,
Jason Eric Hardwick

Winter is coming here. But don't just reach for your head-to-toe black uniform. Push aside the expected in favor of options beyond that well-worn LBD. Here, the exact outfits that'll make you the cool girl at every soiree between now and warmer days.

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1 Wear White on White on White

Stand out in a sea of sexy cocktail dresses with crisp winter whites. Together, a button-down blouse + skinny jeans + a luxe-looking fur are equal parts simple and statement.

Old Navy Classic Oxford Shirt, $24.94, oldnavy.com; Danica Zheng Fur Cape, $2,200, special order via pamplemousseny.com; Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans in Bright White, $34.94, oldnavy.com; Marskinryyppy Charisa Black Gold Heel, $730, marskinryyppy.com; Ocie Warrior One Arm Bangle, $65, ocienewyork.com

2 Say No to Traditional Colors
Jason Eric Hardwick

Outdoorsy plaid? Been there, done that, have five flannels to prove it. Turn the tartan-outfit trend on its head in a plaid jumpsuit in a decidedly chicer color combination: black and white. (Colorful shoes and accessories add just the right pop.)

Old Navy Plaid Drawstring Jumper, $28, oldnavy.com; Club Monaco Helina Calf Hair Panel Coat, $1,995, clubmonaco.com; Miansai Gold Plated Modern Flat Necklace, $515, miansai.com; Rauwolf Brutalist Clutch, $1,450, rauwolfnyc.com; Marskinryyppy Suede Mesh Winona Heel Sandal, $239, barneys.com

3 Ease Up on the Metallics
Jason Eric Hardwick

A full-on sequin/glitter/bedazzle-fest isn't for everyone. To bring on just a bit of the bling, consider a shimmering gold-accented blouse with glitzy sandals. Snazzy yet sophisticated.

Old Navy High-Rise Side Zip Pants in Blackjack, $27, oldnavy.com; Lane Bryant Star Print Babydoll Top, $54.95, lanebryant.com; Cheng-Huai Chuang Red Fox Fur Jacket, $2,500, chenghuaichuang.com; Alexis Gamblin Caged Toe Bootie, $675, alexisgamblin.com; Old Navy Faux-Leather Fold-Over Clutch, $19.94, oldnavy.com; Michelle Campbell Square Knuckle Ring, $212, campbellcollections.com; Michelle Campbell Floating Stacker Ring, $240, campbellcollections.com

4 Lace Up Your Legs
Jason Eric Hardwick

Save the black opaque stockings for the office; up the ante with a fancy pair of lace-patterned hosiery. See how they transform a long-sleeve sweater and miniskirt into a seriously head-turning party look? (Of course, fierce accessories help.)

J Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $138, jcashmere.com; Old Navy Tiered Pleated Skirt, $18, oldnavy.com; Old Navy Cable-Knit Tights, $10.50, oldnavy.com; BCBGMAXAZRIA Crop Feather Jacket, $398, nordstrom.com; Alexis Gamblin Caged Toe Bootie, $675, alexisgamblin.com; Ocie Boat Necklace, $180, ocienewyork.com; Ocie Chlor Triangle Necklace, $70, ocienewyork.com; Iosselliani Triangle Fringe Necklace, $458, iosselliani.com; Michelle Campbell Coin Slot Earrings, $185, campbellcollections.com

5 Mix Lush Textures and Colors
Jason Eric Hardwick

Who says you have to choose just *one* statement piece? Let's count the ways: a cozy green blazer, a waist-nipping leopard-print skinny belt, delicious wide-leg velvet pants, and one sumptuous raspberry fur stole. Fair warning: When your outfit's this touchable, everyone wants to hug you.

Old Navy Relaxed Crew-Neck Tee in Blackjack, $7, oldnavy.com; COS Drape Detail A-Line Top, $125, cosstores.com; Old Navy Animal Print Skinny Belt, $7.97, oldnavy.com; Georgine Pink Fur Stole, $3,800, georgine.com; Eileen Fischer Wide Leg Ankle Pant, $238, eileenfisher.com; Marskinryyppy Puzzle Motif Heel, $477, marskinryyppy.com; Michelle Campbell Pointed Knuckle Floater Ring, $175, campbellcollections.com; Michelle Campbell Sparkle Cigar Band, $240, campbellcollections.com

Shot on location at Chloe81 in New York City (81 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002; 212.677.0067).

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