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The New Rules Of Statement Dressing

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Following in the sweatshirt-heavy wake of the normcore movement, statement dressing has taken on new meaning—essentially it’s now about making a sartorial splash while somehow still maintaining an effortless air. Whether it’s a dramatic ensemble juxtaposed with hair that looks like it just rolled out of bed or loud accessories turned down by simple separates, the effect is a perfect fusion of glamour and practicality. (Think put together but not contrived.) Here, the new rules of statement dressing, as demonstrated by the fashion pros holding down the front row at Paris Fashion Week.

Solange Knowles

Style Rule: Coordinate varying hues of the same color.

The way Solange assembled her red separates looks polished without being too matchy-matchy. Break up the color by incorporating texture and/or prints.

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Split Front Skirt

$135

Topshop

Long Vest

$833

Yves Salomon

Elena Perminova

Style Rule: A body-con dress can be tasteful.

While some might shy away from the idea of a body-con dress so as to avoid confusion about their intended destination (nightclub or fashion show?), Elena proves the look can be done with grace. Choose a dress with long sleeves in a luxe fabric, and finish the ensemble with a prim lady bag.

Bi-Colour Dress

$3,384

Balmain

Mini Thailina Bag

$1,475

Cambiaghi

Giovanna Battaglia

Style Rule: Don't be afraid of mixing prints.

When incorporated into classic separates, prints add interest to an otherwise ho-hum look. Giovanna successfully combines a rooster-motif cape with animal-print pumps, a combo that works thanks to the topper's simple silhouette.

Bow Band Cloche

$44

Phase 3

Suede Leopard Pumps

$595

Manolo Blahnik

Snake-Jacquard Cape

$1,234

Giles

Anna Dello Russo

Style Rule: Elevate casual pants with well-chosen additions.

The queen of over-the-top glamour, Anna proves that those comfy joggers you love so much can be worked into an outfit that'll impress. Sport your favorite casual pants with a pair of great heels and your most extravagant coat.

Cropped Chinos

$50

Zara

Folded Strap Sandals

$230

Topshop

Cotton-Blended Jacquard Coat

$2,630

Marni

Gigi Hadid

Style Rule: Fancy footwear is a casual outfit's best friend.

A pair of gorgeous shoes can instantly add interest to jeans and a tee. Our eyes immediately zeroed in on Gigi's graphic boots, which casually but thoughtfully complement her otherwise simply sleek look.

Le Skinny De Jeanne Mid-Rise Jeans

$200

Frame Denim

Ankle Boot

$773

Pierre Hardy

Asymmetric Sleeveless Dress

$600

Thakoon Addition

Olivia Palermo

Style Rule: Subtle embellishments add interest to a monochromatic ensemble.

A strong statement can be made when rocking a monochromatic look. To pack a punch without compromising the color palette of your ensemble, incorporate pieces with subtle embellishments—sequins or beading—in a similar hue.

Erica Pelosini

Style Rule: A blazer adds polish to an otherwise daring getup.

Use a classic blazer to add elegance to a daring daytime look. If your ensemble is teetering on risqué (exposing skin via a crop top, for example), harness the polishing powers of a blazer to ensure your outfit remains sharp and appropriate.

Pearl Round Sunglasses

$11

ZeroUV

Murano Slim-Fit Blazer

$395

Reiss