Four ways to style your favorite staple piece

Audra Heinrichs isa senior journalism student at The Ohio State University andblogs about what inspires her, she shows you how to get the most out of your favorite staple piece.

The Grunge Gal:

For all my hipster homies and Winona Ryder wannabes, I paired the seemingly feminine dress with my favorite distressed denim jacket, flannel and platform boots to give it some edge. I also threw my Mackage leather rucksack and beanie on to make the look a bit more downtown. Dresses can be daunting because one might not view it as an everyday essential, especially someone of my age. A student like myself yearns for comfort and something totally free of fuss. This my friends, is it. I would throw this together for an after class brew with the girls, or even window shopping for last-minute stocking stuffers and trinkets.

Jacket: Vintage
Boots: Zara
Rucksack: Mackage
Flannel: TNA

The 70's Sexpot:

Channeling my fashion hero, Bianca Jagger, I slipped on my fur waistcoat, felt fedora and platform booties. As holiday events are fast approaching, this look is ideal for a cocktail party, gallery opening or simply a dinner with your closest pals. If you happen to abhor the confinement of winter coats, a vest is a perfect alternative. Warm, cozy and your arms are free to flail. I don't know about you, but my winter style icon is not Randy from "A Christmas Story." When I'm reaching for that fifth cut-out cookie (who's counting?) across the table, the last thing I need is a pesky wool sleeve getting in my way. It's all about accessibility folks.

Vest: H&M
Fedora: Topshop
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg

Sporty Spice and Everything Not Nice:

This one goes out to the girls who would much rather trade in the heels for trainers. I feel your pain, (literally) which is just the reason why I paired the dress with a simple vintage leather jacket, a baseball cap and a pair of Nike sneaks. No frills can be found here, but there is no shortage on the chic. I guarantee you will be the only broad at your boss' bash that is not silently cursing themselves for their choice of shoe. You and the dance floor will become best friends, and depending on your moves, you and your boss just might too. Who's got time to be on the nice list when that holiday bonus is on the line? Go ahead, top off that spiked eggnog, get down with your naughty self, and meet Ted from accounting under the mistletoe.

Jacket: Vintage Levi's
Cap: American Apparel
Sneakers: Nike
Rucksack: Mackage

Class, Never Crass, Darling:

A good black dress should be like a strong woman: When all else fails, it is completely capable of standing alone-and looks damn good doing it. I let the dress speak for itself and kept the accessories to a minimum. For that black tie affair, add a dash of sparkle with an eye-catcher of an earring, a timeless bag, and a pair of cap-toe heels as shown here. Done and Done. It's the festive frock that never goes out of style. Simple? Sure. But in this case, less is more.

Heels: BCBGeneration
Earrings: J Crew
Bag: Vintage Chanel