30+ Lessons In Party Dressing, Courtesy Of Nicole Richie

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When it comes to personal style, Nicole Richie has come a long way from her Simple Life days. And though we'll always hold her Von Dutch hats and cut-off jorts dear to our hearts, we're really into where she's at right now. Since her time spent parading around with Paris Hilton, Richie has added a couple of (seriously major) things to her résumé: She's a mother of two (married to a Madden brother, no less), has not one but three clothing lines, stars in her own TV show that's funnier than any other reality show spinoff, and has just signed on to work with Unilever's #ShareAMeal campaign to help donate one million meals to those in need.

How she does it all and still finds time to showcase every trend du moment is beyond us — but she somehow manages to do it, and do it well. From two Met Galas to her latest nod to Edie Sedgwick, Richie's personal style is quite an accomplishment in itself. Ahead, we've documented her looks that made the biggest statements (you know, the kind that's exactly what you'd expect from someone so candid).
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Your summer whites are here.
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Dress up your denim just a touch with a thin scarf.
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Why cinch your waist once when you can do it times three?
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A plunge so good, she had to do it again.
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Fishnets are back — and holier than ever.
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If the original Factory Girl were still around today (and living in L.A.), we have a feeling this is what she might look like.
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Take one look at this velvet jumpsuit from another angle, and it can easily be mistaken for a dress. And we’re very okay with that.
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Pastel squared.
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Just your casual day at the races.
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When you’re this petite, an oversized coat can double as an in-flight blanket.
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Slay, Nicole. Just slay.
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Those embroidered sleeves make us want to bust out our sewing kits and get to beading.
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An all-white ensemble perfect for a bride. (Or a sea-foam green carpet.)
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With hair like that, head-to-toe jewel tones become a lot easier to pull off.
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These aren't your grandmother's florals.
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This is one way to show off your tattoos without baring it all.
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It’s official: The pussy-bow trend is happening.
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It’s Nicole's party and she'll only wear pants if she wants to.
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An outfit this simple makes getting ready in the morning look easy.
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Shoulder pads done very right.
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A Met Gala look perfect for any occasion: sleek, chic, and just right.
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Nicole’s lavender hair is pretty hard to get over, but this suede mini steals the show.
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No red wine allowed.
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A floor-length departure from Nicole’s colorful streak, this all-black number lets the accessories do the talking.
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It’s called hip cleavage. Look it up.
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You gotta get that dirt flower off your shoulder.
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We’re pretty sure Khaleesi would wear this.
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Those tassels are almost half her size, and it works.
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Executive realness goes casual.
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Cuteness overload.
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The only thing that could make this ensemble better is nothing because it's perfect in every way.
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A look this exquisite deserves an equally special clutch to go with it.
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A chopped long-sleeve top to go with a chopped cut.
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File this one under "How to Dress Up a T-shirt and Jeans."
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Just your casual shopping outfit equipped with leather biker pants and a midriff.
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To stripe or to checkerboard? That is the question.
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Straight dripping gold.
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Forget blue, Hades should have gone white.