10 Daring Trends That'll Wow The Fashionable Women In Your Life

We spend a good amount of time meticulously crafting the perfect ensemble that, ironically, we hope looks completely effortless. But, I think it’s fair to say that we hope to garner a compliment from our best friends more than our S.O.
Don’t get me wrong, if my fella takes a moment to pay homage to the complete synergy that is happening between my tea dress and ankle boots, I’m flattered. But, it's usually my BFFs who notice and care. So, in homage to the wonderfully stylish women in our lives who we try to one up on the reg (let's be real), here are 10 fashion-forward trends that you and your friends will truly appreciate, ahead.
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For the better part of 2013, peplum has been showing up on skirts, tops, dresses, and even belts. Since it's detachable, you can turn any ol' piece in your wardrobe into a fashion knockout. You can wear it with wide-leg trousers or a sleek pencil skirt.

Club Monaco Laurine Peplum Belt, $98.50, available at Club Monaco.
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There's something to be said about finding a happy medium and these not-quite shorts/ not-quite pants, do just that. Try them in a fun pattern like floral or polka dot, and pair with a simple white tee and platform heels.

Topshop Floral Print Culottes, $76, available at Topshop.
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This piece of footwear definitely has somewhat of a polarizing effect when it comes to its presence in current fashion. I will admit that at first I wasn't a believer. But after reading this Ode To Ugly Shoes, and seeing how countless girls rocked them with their dainty dresses, I'm a Birkenstock girl now. Don't try to fight the Woodstock vibe and pair them with anything and everything flowy and leg-bearing.

Birkenstock Arizona Oiled Leather Sandal, $119.95, available at Nordstrom.
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This accessory is that "little something extra" our outfits can always use more of. Add this unique and quirky item over a flowy top and jeans or with your favorite boho dress. Do avoid wearing it with anything too tight.

Free People Distressed Harness Belt, $58, available at Free People.
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The little black dress is as American as apple pie. In other words, and for a lack of a better metaphor, a leather LBD is A-Okay in our books. Leather is always in for winter and adds a great texture to this timeless piece.

Robert Rodriguez Stretch Leather Dress, $1,195, available at ShopBop.
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Wearing an entirely metallic dress or jacket may be a little too loud for you so why not let your feet do the talking. Pair these oxfords with some skinny trousers and a blazer for an outfit that'll work for nearly everything.

J.Crew Mirror Metallic Oxfords, $258, available at J.Crew.
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My favorite new take on the mini is the asymmetric wrap skirt. Try this new shape in a fun, vibrant color or quirky print.

Finders Keepers Jump Then Fall Skirt, $162, available at Wasteland
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Earrings are great, but have you tried ear cuffs? This look melds well with the season's punk comeback. Tuck your hair behind one ear and let that baby shine. Or if you have a shorter 'do a la Jennifer Lawrence, then you're all set.

Zara Rhinestone Ear Cuff, $16.90, available at Zara.
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A purely fashion industry phenomenon that's been happening is the jacket-draped-over-shoulders trend where you don't put your arms through the sleeves. The next logical step would be to rock a cape, don't you think?

Nasty Gal English Nights Cape, $88, available at Nasty Gal.
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This season swap out your usual denim for some silk pants for an equally effortless outfit. All you have to do is throw on a simple tee to finish the look.

Haute Hippie Silk Cropped Snake-Print Pants, $425, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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