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Winter white: The style tips, tricks you need to know!

It may be cold and dreary outside, but that doesn't mean your outfit needs to follow suit.

Style expert Denise Caldwell stopped by TODAY Friday to demonstrate how to switch out those dark, heavy wardrobe colors with something a bit fresher — winter white!

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    Celebrities in winter white

    The chic color has received the Hollywood treatment, with celebrities donning it in every fabric and at every event.

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    Celebs in winter white

    Some ladies certainly aren’t afraid of wearing white in the winter, no matter the hot cocoa or wine glass. The chic, minimalist color has received the Hollywood treatment, with celebrities donning it in every fabric and at every event, including the red carpet. Check out our favorite stars in the crisp, clean hue:

    Kim Kardashian, in a silk jumper, attends the Stephane Rolland show on Jan. 21, 2014 in Paris, France.

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    Dame Helen Mirren

    Dame Helen Mirren sparkles at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 19 in Beverly Hills, California.

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    Connie Britton

    Sleek and chic: Connie Britton wears a simple sheath dress at the Disney ABC Television Group's 2014 winter TCA party on Jan. 17 in Pasadena, California.

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    Gretchen Mol

    Gretchen Mol shows some leg at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Karlie Kloss

    Karlie Kloss poses for photographers as she arrives to attend the Dior men's Fall-Winter 2014-2015 fashion collection, presented on Jan. 18 in Paris.

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    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift opts for a princess-like gown at the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace on Nov. 26, 2013 in London, England.

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    Duchess Kate

    Duchess Kate, shown at the premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London on Dec. 5, went for a minimal, long look, accessorizing with a $36 Zara necklace.

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    Keira Knightley

    Keira Knightley proves you can indeed reuse your wedding dress! The actress attended the SeriousFun London Gala 2013 on Dec. 3. in a Chanel Haute Couture gown she wore when she married musician James Righton in May of this year.

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    Felicity Jones

    Actress Felicity shows off a modern take on the sheer trend while at the "The Invisible Woman" New York Premiere on Dec. 9 in New York City.

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    Debra Messing

    Forget dark winter coats! Debra Messing goes for a bold furry number at the Dennis Basso Store opening on Dec. 10 in New York City.

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    Leslie Mann

    Leslie Mann adds a sphisticated yet feminine touch to the menswear trend during the UK premiere of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" on Dec. 11, 2013 in London, England.

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    Lupita Nyong'o

    Coats are often too dreary. Lighten them up! Actress Lupita Nyong'o opted for a bright white defense against the cold at the "12 Years a Slave" movie premiere on Dec. 11 in Paris, France.

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    Victoria Justice

    Actress/singer Victoria Justice adds just a touch of embellishments to a cozy sweater at an event hosted by Delta Air Lines at LAX Airport on Dec. 11 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Camila Alves

    Model Camila Alves McConaughey, in a retro-inspired cream suit, attends the GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Naomie Harris

    The short sleeves add a more relaxed feel to this gown Naomie Harris wore during a portrait session at the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held on Dec. 12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence went for pure minimal at the German premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in Berlin on Nov. 12.

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    Kate Hudson

    Actress Kate Hudson kept it simple in a sweater dress and long necklace while at at Los Angeles International airport on Dec. 17.

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    Meryl Streep

    Sweet sheath: Actress Meryl Streep keeps it simple and ladylike at the premiere of "August: Osage County" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Dec. 16 in Los Angeles.

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    Lana Del Ray

    Singer Lana Del Ray exudes '40s glamour for the Awards in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences at NASA Ames Research Center on Dec. 12 in Mountain View, California.

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    Actress Rooney Mara went a bit avante-garde for the screening of the film "Her" at the Rome International Film Festival in Rome on Nov. 10.

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    Actress Jennifer Lawrence, in a sweeping cream-colored gown, waves to photographers as she arrives for the screening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the Rome International Film Festival in Rome on Nov. 14, 2013.

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    Ashanti

    A bold lip adds even more flair to Ashanti's look at the New York premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" on Nov. 14 in New York City.

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    Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian manages to be sexy while being fully covered during a trip to New York City on Nov. 18.

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    Taylor Schilling

    Actress Taylor Schilling reinvents the "Miami Vice" '80s menswear look while at the Variety Awards Studio on Nov. 20 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Miley Cyrus

    You can always count on Miley Cyrus to show a little skin, right? The singer was photographed in a chest-revealing suit at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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    Malia Obama, Michelle Obama

    Malia and Michelle Obama show how to wear winter white for the holidays, while with U.S. President Barack Obama and Sasha Obama during the finale of TNT's "Christmas in Washington" on Dec. 15 in Washington, DC.

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    TODAY -- Pictured: Actress Yvonne Strahovski appears on NBC News' "Today" show on January 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

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From skinny jeans to dresses, here are the staples (and tips!) you need to rock the look.

Skinny jeans

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It's all about find the right cut and fabric, according to Caldwell. She suggests a mid-rise pair in a stretchy polyester or spandex blend so it appears smooth, not sheer. To achieve a slimming effect, find jeans that fall neatly at your ankles and round out the outfit with colors like taupe and beige to ensure that the look is appropriate for the season.

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Supima Turtleneck, $25.50, landsend.com; Jennifer Lopez jeans, $54.00, kohls.com; Shoes, $89.00, aerosoles.com; Apt.9 necklace, $28.00, kohls.com

Pencil skirt

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It doesn't take much for a pencil skirt to look slimming. That's its job, right? But to really accentuate your curves, look for a fabric that's sturdy, yet stretchy enough to create a smoothing effect. Two more tips from Caldwell: Belt the skirt to create a nice waistline, and pair it with a pastel-colored or gray blouse.

Sweater, $59.00, landsend.com; Skirt, $29.99, burlingtoncoatfactory.com; Jacket, $89.95, nyandcompany.com; Apt.9 belt, $16.99, kohls.com

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Shift dress

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If you thought white dresses were only appropriate in the spring or summer, think again! Pair an optic white shift dress with a nice outerwear piece, and choose a style with a column line to create a sleek silhouette. Afraid of going all-white? Caldwell suggests playing around with color-blocking and eyelet fabric to achieve a similar look.

London Times dress, $88.00, maggylondon.com; Trench coat: $99.95, nyandcompany.com

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Cropped capri

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Cropped capri pants are flattering on any body type, but it's important that they hit the appropriate place on your leg. Hint: The middle of your shins. For another fun option, mix white with taupes, grays and beiges to achieve a nautical look.

Sweater, $54.95, nyandcompany.com; Cropped pants, $59.00, landsend.com; Shoes, $79.00, aerosoles.com; Clutch, $19.99, burlingtoncoatfactory.com

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