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Coats to Match Your Party Dress

In my experience, cohesive outfits are great, but tricky to put together. Like how it doesn't typically work to wear a coat that's a carbon copy of your cocktail dress (or vice versa). That just looks weird and smacks of a sixth grade "I must match everything!" attitude.

More often, it's better not to militantly match but to choose outerwear that complements your party outfit. Like these pairings in the slideshow below, which will have you looking pulled-together on a whole new level.

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Elevate a conservative black cocktail dress by choosing a coat with a little more attitude.


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Complement a metallic coat with a rich jewel-tone dress.
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With petal pink and neutral tones, it's actually great to go monochromatic. It'll look super-sylized and Chloé-ish.


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Both colorblocking and leather detailing have the same sort of sleek, no nonsense vibe.


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Oversized coats + drop-waist dresses= one perfectly off-kilter couple.
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For a very Kate Middleton pairing, go for a pristine white coat and a ladylike lace shift.

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