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Red & Black
This delightfully attention-hogging combination channels the '80s with bright contrast and energy to spare. Its brilliance lies in the fact that it works equally well in the form of a print or a combination of single-hued separates, and on sharply structural pieces or ones with a softer drape.
Ruffles
Whether it's just a tiny ripple of fabric down the front of a blouse or full-on tiers of flourishes, this deeply feminine embellishment is one of the quickest ways to add interest to an outfit. Because ruffles create volume, be sure to counter the effect with something tailored, like a slim jacket or a sleek pair of pants.
Layered Lace
Thanks to its highly textural look, lace on lace results in coolly elaborate patterns. Stick to a relatively limited palette for a quiet impact, and keep the shapes free of much adornment: You want its rich, ultra-ladylike mood to be the center of attention.