5 Genuinely Chic Trends You Haven't Tried Yet — But Need To

After a stretch of blustery, almost-winter days, it's easy to get into a comfortable rut, sartorially speaking. You know the routine — the one where you live in oversized sweaters, leggings, and maybe a cape (if you're feeling adventurous), day in and day out.
Well, have we got news for you: There are scores of other legitimately awesome fashion trends that you're missing out on. Haven't worked a leather top yet? What about a velvet skirt? And wedge sneakers? (Yep, we're calling it — they're worth the risk.) Ahead, we throw down the gauntlet and challenge you to try five of our favorite cold-weather looks. But, naturally, we're also giving you the pro advice you need to pull 'em all off in style. So, go ahead — it's time to live a little!
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Lace Basics

The easiest way to add both a feminine touch and some modern polish to your wardrobe? Swap out a basic wardrobe piece — like a button-up shirt or a blazer— with a lacy replacement.

Forever 21 Lace Solid Trim Shirt, $13.50, available at Forever 21.
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Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Lace Blazer, $198, available at Macy's.
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The Limited Lace Tank, $46.90, available at The Limited.
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Chic Sneaks

It took us a minute to warm up to the wedge sneaker look, but we're fully on board now — these babies add a little extra height, but they're seriously comfy, too.

Steve Madden Olympiaa High-Top Sneakers, $99.95, available at Steve Madden.
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H&M Sneakers, $49.95, available at H&M.
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Ash Bea Nappa Wedge Sneakers, $295, available at Amazon.
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Collar I.D.

Swap out your go-to statement baubles with a tough-yet-sexy collar necklace. Win some extra style points by wearing it on the outside of a button-up shirt.

DANNIJO Gold-Plated Collar Necklace, $320, available at Stylebop.
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Banana Republic Piano Key Necklace, $89.50, available at Banana Republic.
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Urban OG Amazon Elegance Necklace, $31.50, available at Urban OG.
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Leather Up

Equal parts tough and tasteful, leather (and its faux counterpart) adds a decidedly grown-up edge. Look for tailored silhouettes, and remember, small doses go a long way — leather sleeves and panels are easy ways to spice up basics.

Charlotte Ronson Lambskin Leather Top, $450, available at Shopbop.
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3.1 Phillip Lim Leather-sleeved Silk Crepe de Chine Dress, $995, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Tinley Road Vegan Leather Peplum Top, $98, available at Piperlime.
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Velvet Goldmine

Velvet is definitely having a moment, and why shouldn't it? Luxe, cozy, and impossibly rich, this classic winter-wardrobe staple looks great in any form.

Mango Velvet Peplum Skirt, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs Galya Velvet Dress, $398, available at Marc Jacobs.
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Mango Sheer Under Layer Velvet Top, $49.99, available at Mango.