Statement outerwear is a requisite part of the season, but sometimes it doesn’t get enough love in any given outfit. Functionally, you throw on a coat before you head out the door, and you remove it when you get to your destination. But who says you can’t just wear it as your entire look, and get more mileage out of a great piece?

Zendaya recently sported a belted trench that essentially serves as a dress, and is totally worthy of outfit status. The notched collar and A-line shape feel overtly glamorous, and when paired with over-the-knee leather boots, give it a sultry edge that’s perfect for a date, a party, you name it. If you don’t own a similar piece, you can still employ a key styling element to your own wardrobe: belting a longline coat to create an hourglass silhouette. This season, stay warm outdoors and indoors with a look like Zendaya’s

Knowing what to do to be more stylish can be a bit elusive. Sometimes you just need to hear tangible advice that can help you reach your full style potential. With the end of the year quickly approaching, we got to thinking about the steps a fashion-loving girl can take to reach her full style potential in the New Year. And while we’re all for advice on what to wear to look more stylish, sometimes it’s helpful to get a little guidance pertaining to what not to wear.

With this in mind, we compiled a constructive list of seven things that can easily be achieved to dress better next season. While it’s most important to wear what you love and feel most confident in, just a few subtle wardrobe tweaks can give your wardrobe a boost that will make your outfits even better, thus improving your confidence and satisfaction with said outfits. From the shoe styles to toss out to the type of skinny jeans to avoid, these are the seven things to give up to be more stylish (and what to swap them for).

 

Cheap-Looking Skinny Jeans

A denim expert gave us the scoop on the type of skinny jeans that looks the cheapest (and those that look the most expensive).

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Plain Black Outerwear

If you want to stand out, swap your old black coat for something a little more vibrant and interesting. Because in the colder months, your outerwear is sometimes the only way to show the world just how stylish you are.

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Sloppy, Ill-Fitting Sweats

With so many stylish athleisure options on the market these days, there’s no reason to rely on your old sweats when you want to be comfortable. Instead, invest in polished activewear-like track pants, leggings, and cropped hoodies.

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Outdated Footwear

Still reaching for rubber flip-flops, wedge sneakers, and boots on occasion? It’s time to swap them out for more forward options, like sock boots, kitten-heel mules, backless loafers, and white boots and heels.

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Fast-Fashion Pieces Everyone Has

While the draw of a popular item can be hard to resist, do a little legwork and seek out more under-the-radar pieces that express your individuality.

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Anything That’s Too Short or Too Tight

Fashion girls have abandoned “sexy” outfits in favor of more modest and even oversize styles. For example, instead of wearing a body-con minidress for a night out, try a silky midi dress or a midi skirt.

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Chunky Costume Jewelry

If you love oversize jewelry that makes a statement, opt for pieces that are more sculptural and modern for the most of-the-moment vibe, or stick to delicate layered pieces for something a bit subtler.

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It’s no secret that denim hits high on our list of must-have pieces. I tend to slip into a pair of jeans nearly every day of the week. In the last year alone, I’ve put a number of silhouettes to the test. Cropped flares? Yep. Vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans? They were pretty much the only thing I wore all summer. And with a brand-new season on the horizon, what denim trends can we expect to see in 2018?

After looking to the spring runways and cool street style girls, I’ve got a few predictions to make. One style quickly gaining popularity is jeans with exposed stitching—making for a bold design that feels fresh and cool. The shift from light-wash to slimming dark-wash denim is also becoming more prominent. And with ’90s-inspired baggy styles popping up everywhere, skinny jeans just might lose their spot on the list of staple denim.