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

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.

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, Danica Zheng Fur Cape, $2,200, ; Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans in Bright White, $34.94,  Marskinryyppy Charisa Black Gold Heel, $730, ; Ocie Warrior One Arm Bangle, $65,

2.SAY NO TO TRADITIONAL COLORS

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

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.

4.LACE UP YOUR LEGS

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.)

5.MIX LUSH TEXTURES AND COLORS

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.