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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.

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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