What's the different between despite not being and despite of not being?


She wore a turtleneck sweater and a floral skirt that reached just above her knee. Despite (of) not being expensive clothes, they made her look elegant.

Will the meaning change if I choose one from the other? Or maybe one of them is ungrammatical?

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    This link may help:englishgrammar.org/spite-3
    – user66974
    Nov 5 '14 at 5:11
  • The difference is that 'despite of not being' is not used.
    – Mitch
    Nov 6 '14 at 14:26

Despite Ø not being is the only correct form. If you've seen someone use Despite of, it's probably due to influence from the synonymous phrase in spite of, which does need the preposition.

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