By Jonathan Borge
Updated Oct 10, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
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It may come second nature to Alexa Chung to boldly recreate the glam eccentricity that ‘70s style icons, like Bianca Jagger regularly sported, but some of us don't have that same knack with sparkle and glitz. The secret to donning a gilded look is pairing loud, look-at-me items with muted, contrasting patterns and fabrics. To illustrate how to find this tricky balance, we've rounded up five stunning ensembles that’ll have everyone talking—for the right reasons.

Play with Texture

Contrast a metallic fabric with earthy tones and comfy, knitted textures.

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Shop the look: J. Crew cable knit sweater, $98; Christopher Kane silver pleated skirt, $895; Zara ankle boots, $159; Christian Dior trible earrings, price upon request;

Dress Down with Denim

A blouse with an explosive pattern allows you to slip into your everyday jeans. To elevate the look, pair your dark-wash denim with minimal, metallic sandals.

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Shop the look: J.W. Anderson printed shirt, $1,455; Steve Madden sandal, $79.95; Zara jeans, $49.90;

Opt for Smart Tailoring

A crisp white shirt and black, structural accessories comfortably let your standout trousers, well, stand out.

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Shop the look: H&M white shirt, $24.99; Parosh sequin trousers, $193.37; Aquazzura lace-up pumps, $725; Edie Parker acrylic clutch, $895;

Accesories Are Key

A memorable clutch perfectly brings out the studded details and richness of any all-black ensemble.

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Shop the look: Sandro buckskin leather jacket, $950; H&M trousers, $34.99; Anya Hindmarch metal clutch, $1,595; Acne leather, cooper boot, $800;

Choose One Over-the-Top Piece

This strapless dress with a slit is not just sexy, but is also covered in sequins. Match a wild, party-appropriate evening frock with traditional pumps and complimentary accessories.

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Shop the look: Tom Ford lipstick clutch, $3,950; Jennifer Fisher single ball cuff, $420; SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker black pump, $350; Halston Heritage sequin dress, $262.50;