4 unexpected trends you need to try this winter — and how to wear them

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By Jordan Muto

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We've all had this thought when cleaning out our closets: Should I keep this item in case it becomes fashionable again?

Trends like black tights, bell bottoms and even perms have made surprising comebacks. But the hottest looks of this season get inspiration from a time way before the '70s or '80s.

From high-neck blouses to lace and embroidery, the fashion world is taking a nod from the Victorian era.

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And while the thought of rocking ruffles might remind you of grandma, these styles are much more modern than you might imagine. TODAY Style Squad member and founder of TheLVGuide.com, Lilliana Vazquez, stopped by TODAY Friday to share her best styling tips and tricks for wearing this look all winter long.

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1. High-neck and tie-neck blouses

Who needs jewelry when your neckline makes a statement? If you go for a blouse with a high neck or a pussy-bow blouse with a bold bow, pair with high-waisted black pants and pumps for a chic ensemble.

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2. Lace

Lace is back in a big way! From just a touch of the fabric to all-over looks, lace is just about everywhere this season. One of Vazquez's favorite ways to wear lace is by pairing it with distressed denim and bold pumps for an edgy, modern twist.

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3. Ruffles

Whether it's big, dramatic ruffles or just a tiny bit of added frill, winter is the perfect time to make a girly statement. With such a party on the top, Vazquez suggests keeping it simple on the bottom. One of her favorite looks for this season is to wear a ruffled blouse with a velvet skirt or pants (another big trend for the season).

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4. Embroidery

From abstract patterns to florals, embroidery adds a special, unique touch. In fact, it's one of the easiest ways to make a statement and have some fun with your outfit. If you go for an embroidered top, pair it a classic skirt, pumps and you're ready for any occasion.

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