10 Stunning Styling Secrets From J.Crew's Holiday Catalog

If there's any catalog around today that gets us as stoked as the Delia's one did in 1999, it's the J.Crew catalog. Just when you think you've reached your breaking point in terms of new and actually wearable ways to style your clothes, they bust out a fantastic layering combo or unexpected lipstick match-up that leaves us scrambling toward our own closets. Check out the top 10 tips we gleaned from their most recent holiday catalog.
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You can get away with wearing the same color pants and top (and lipstick!) as long as you break it up with at least three other colors (we're really feeling the juicy jewel tones and glossy black accessories!).

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An actually chic way to wear flannel-lined khakis? As long as patent shoes and a sequined top are in the mix, the super-warm basic can be worn outside of your weekend at the cabin.

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J.Crew demonstrates the fool-proof rule to mixing the same print (in this case, polka-dots). Find them in different sizes, and break them up with a piece in a similar color family (but different pattern).

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It also works for stripes! A lighter layer would also work in the place of a puffer, as long as it's cinched in the middle and of a longer length.

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And you thought the last person to successfully tie a sweater around their waist was your older brother in the '90s. We like the idea of tying a thin sweater over a pencil skirt to casual-ify the outfit.

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Here's a way to wear red and green without looking like you're way too into the holidays.

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If you were over the whole sweater, button-up, statement necklace combo, make it look extra-modern by wearing each piece in the same color.

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This is our favorite silhouette of late: A loose-fitting, long-sleeved tee, a simple, knee-length pencil skirt, and pointy-toe heels. Simplicity at its sexiest!

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Funnel-neck sweaters are back! A popped chambray collar is a fun throwback to mid-'00s, LL.Bean-style. Just remember to pick a sweater in a bright color and layer it with a slim-fit jacket to avoid any grade-school-teacher vibes.

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How adorable! Tie your guy's slim tie in a loose knot around (and on top) of the collar of your button-up shirt. Break up all the pattern play with a thin cardigan.

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