The 11 Wardrobe Staples No One Else Will Have This Season

When certain trends catch on, it happens like wildfire. I'm talking the Stan Smiths, the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags, and even the core trend articles from Zara (remember this skort that, like, everyone bought?). The only thing more boring than seeing the same item walk by you multiple times a day is falling victim to the everyone's-doing-it sensations yourself.

Sure, we're all guilty of jumping on the style bandwagon. And there's a reason pieces like a faux leather black moto jacket or the classic duck boot become so insanely popular: They're usually versatile, trendy, affordable, wearable by various personal styles, or just straight-up practical (or a combination of the above). And there's nothing wrong with that.

But, think of how much more fun getting dressed in the morning would be if you didn't have to worry about everyone else having the same jacket you do. It's called personal style, after all, so why not let your wardrobe truly reflect who you are?

To help, we've rounded up the 11 goods that have been everywhere lately, and 11 alternate options you can buy to really stand out from the crowd. With the New Year quickly approaching (like it or not), there's no better time to reinvent your staples and start getting more creative with your clothes.
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Look in every New Yorker's closet, and what will you see? A Zara faux-leather moto.
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What you won't see so often, though, is a cool, colorblocked, patent-leather version in a slightly different silhouette. It serves the same purpose, with twice the wow-factor.
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It seems like every girl in the United States has been sporting a front-button mini.
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Break the mold with a scallop detail. You get the same flattering silhouette with a more contemporary vibe.

Loéil Scallop Skirt, $58, available at Loéil.
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It's cool if a striped tee is your go-to, but don't be surprised when three other girls are wearing one on the train.
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Really, what's better than a cozy, super-fluffy version for chillier days?
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Ah, the camel coat. It's a classic for cold weather — but that also means all your coworkers are wearing them, too.

H&M Wool-blend Coat, $99, available at H&M.
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No one will have this camel coat though, complete with some rad color-blocking and a more menswear-inspired shape.

Topshop Colour Block Wool Blend Coat, $240, available at Topshop.
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These guys are so popular, L.L. Bean can hardly keep them in stock.
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These beauties, on the other hand, will serve their purpose in the snow and look amazing while doing it.
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The must-have bucket bag went from a coveted, fashion-girl dream to a widely worn (widely knocked-off) item.
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The slightly more structured shape, unique handle detail, and thin, removable strap differentiates this sleek option from the one that's everywhere.
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The olive green bomber jacket is currently on the rise on Instagram and IRL, alike.
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It only takes a little more sartorial courage to rock a super-cropped version that feels far more unexpected.
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Nothing can separate you and your favorite pair of flattering, dark wash skinny jeans — but, admit it, they're slightly boring.
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These repurposed Levi's are a dope designer collaboration with Pamela Love. Each pair is different and there are limited quantities of each style, so you can pretty much bank on no one having yours.
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Everyone buys a plain white button-up when building up a work wardrobe, but other shapes can be more visually interesting and just as professional.
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This unique piece combines the idea of a white oxford shirt with one of our favorite things: the turtleneck. It has some sweet buttons up the back and is still totally office-appropriate.
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Sure, everyone needs a trusty tote for daily use — but not everyone needs the same one.

Madewell The Transport Tote, $168, available at Madewell.
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A fun shearling carry-all is just as practical as a classic leather one, but makes a sillier statement in the colder months (while still matching with just about everything, and serving as the perfect pillow for impromptu naps).

Stylenanda Bubble Bag, $28, available at StyleNanda.
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The throwback Adidas Superstars have made quite the comeback, and all the "cool kids" are wearing 'em.
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You won't see another brunch-goer wearing these cute and colorful kicks.
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