By Andrea Cheng
Updated Nov 25, 2014 @ 2:02 pm
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’Tis the season to ... usher in the new! Instead of coasting through the winter on fall-back looks from years past (think: a sequined dress for New Year's Eve, or head-to-toe black during dreary days), we dare you to switch up your outfit rotation with novel, unexpected pairings. From menswear-inspired platforms to matching sets, breathe life back into your wardrobe with our eight inspired combos—we promise, you won't find yourself in a style rut all season long.

1. Metallics + Pastels (above): No, pastels aren't just for the spring. Bring the soft shade into festive territory with a silver sweatshirt—the slouchy silhouette tempers the sweet hue while the metallic treatment delivers an ultra-luxe touch.

Sweatshirt: Cynthia Rowley, $275; Pants: Rebecca Taylor, $325;

2. Menswear-Inspired Creepers + Cropped Pants: Skip the stilettos. And the cocktail dress, for that matter. For your next fete, take the menswear-inspired route and step into sky-high oxford-style shoes for a dashing twist without compromising height.

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Creepers: Stella McCartney, $995; Pants: Coach, $295;

3. Fine Turtleneck + Fancy Jumpsuit: A wide-leg satin one-piece works as an incredibly modern alternative to an evening dress. To bring it to chicer heights, add a dash of texture with a muted fine knit layered underneath. Bonus: The combo serves as the perfect sartorial solution for extra chilly nights.

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Turtleneck: Splendid, $85; Jumpsuit: Kate Moss for Topshop, $180;

4. Matching Top + Culottes: Break the rules! Go matchy-matchy and coordinate your top with your bottom in the same print. To pull this off, look for pieces with an element of refinement (think: fabrication, sleek shades, or structured silhouettes).

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Top: Tibi, $475; Culottes: Tibi, $795;

5. Grays + Silvers: As a team, this pairing pretty much borders on monochromaticism, but it's the metallic party-ready shine that takes the look away from a flat one-shade state. The end result? Striking.

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Sweater: Gap, $60; Skirt: DKNY, $255;

6. Button-Down + Sequined Tank: Conflicting personalities aside, each brings something to the table—the classic crisp white shirt suggests polished sophistication while a high-wattage sequined overlay offers built-in fun.

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Button-down: Joe Fresh, $29; Tank: Zara, $60;

7. Off-the-Shoulder Top + Reverse Choker: Modern, minimalist, and luxe, the reverse choker is a jewelry piece that demands to stand on its own. So let it, with an off-the-shoulder top that keeps the area free of distractions.

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Top: H&M, $25; Choker: Jennifer Fisher, $200;

8. White Knit + White Midi: The key to winter-white perfection is to not stress over pairing optic white with optic white (spoiler: it will never work). Aim for textured pieces in ecru, ivory, or cream to ease up on the pressure.

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Knit: Joe Fresh, $48; Skirt: Cos, $175;