As much as we'd all love to go about our days in swathes of Marchesa tulle and sequins, it's pretty clear that runway trends aren't the most practical. Street-style trends, however--that's where the real inspiration is. Join us in our semiannual ritual of unadulterated people gawking, and take away a few styling secrets in the process.

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Dresses Over Pants

Have no fear--there's a ladylike way to pull off this resurged trend. Take a solid-colored shirtdress, button it up and pair it with tailored cigarette pants. Instant sophistication. (A killer lace-up heel never hurts, either.)

Get the look: Go Silk belted shirtdress ($448)

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Bell Sleeves

Bell sleeves--which will be huge for 2016--may seem like they have to wait for spring. Au contraire. Bust these babies out now by layering them under a moto jacket--and unzipping the wrists.

Get the look: Topshop flared sleeve sweater ($55)

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Winter Maxi Skirts

Yes, you can do this. To pull it off: First, step into delicate, pointed boots. (Nothing too chunky.) Second, choose an overcoat that is either cropped at the waist or hemmed just above the ankle. (Anything around the mid-thigh area will look dowdy.) Boho for all seasons!

Get the look: M Missoni maxi skirt ($715)

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Prints with Textures

This one's admittedly a bit more kooky (but c'mon, so dope). If you have a loud base layer, try to find a topper within the color family that also has an interesting touch. (A faux fur chubby it is.)

Get the look: Nasty Gal faux-fur jacket ($148)

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Peekaboo Stripes

If you're noticing the theme of inventive layering, congratulations! That's the idea. Spice up your oversize sweaters by showing a hint of a thinner sleeve--preferably in an eye-catching stripe--below.

Get the look: BDG striped ribbed sweater ($20)

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