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Now's the Time to Break Out Your Denim Jacket

Mar 12 2014 - 7:08am

When you rifle through the the lighter layers in your closet — don't bypass your jean jacket. It might have been a middle-school staple for years, but for about a million reasons, it's still a perennial fixture in our closets, providing just enough warmth and just enough of a cool factor.

If, however, you're a little rusty on styling your favorite denim jacket, we've tapped a few style stars to help inspire some new outfits. To take you from early Spring right through Summer, just look to Mandy Moore [1], Kate Mara, and Jessica Alba [2]'s clever ways to style a classic. Scroll through for all the outfit ideas now.

Source: Getty/Michael Kovac [3]

Kate Mara did the dressed-up version of denim on denim, adding a jean jacket to a little jean dress at the Louis Vuitton Fall '14 show.

Nikki Reed [4] played leather pants against her denim jacket for a cool effect at the People StyleWatch Denim Awards in September 2013.

Mandy Moore [5]'s denim-jacket styling trick? Add it to a sophisticated pencil skirt and pretty top to give the look a more casual vibe.

We love how Emmy Rossum's denim jacket lent laid-back flair to her flirty accordion-pleated skirt and floral Rebecca Minkoff bag in LA.

Amy Adams [6] got ready to take off in double the denim. She started with skinny jeans, then added a lighter denim jacket for further cool.

AtCoachella in 2013, Jamie Chung made a concert-cool pairing with her Levi's denim jacket and floral minidress.

Hailee Steinfeld created the perfect Summer travel ensemble in her denim jacket, printed maxi dress, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, a bright red bag, and black patent flip-flops.

January Jones [7] took a casual red carpet approach in a cropped denim jacket, which she wore over a white sheer blouse, black leather pants, and black peep-toe booties.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gave her cutout heels and draped maxi skirt a dressed-down finish with a staple denim jacket.

Gwen Stefani [8] was slick in a leather-sleeved denim jacket by Paige Premium Denim, matching black leather baggy jeans, a baseball tee, and high-top sneakers.

Jessica Alba [9] perfected denim on denim, adding a faded jean jacket to floral bottoms while out in LA.

Julianne Moore took her denim jacket on an avant-garde ride by pairing it with gray trousers featuring a dramatic pleated waist.

Natalie Portman [10] juxtaposed a dark denim jacket and white jeans while hanging out with son Aleph in LA. A printed scarf broke up the look, while Westward Leaning sunglasses injected further cool.

We're not surprised that Cara Delevingne spruced up — and edged up — her vintage denim jacket with black tape, not to mention striped leggings, turquoise sunglasses, and high-top sneakers.

Molly Sims tempered her busy floral maxi dress with a denim jacket at a Baby2Baby event in LA.

Elsa Pataky exuded a sporty aesthetic in a black tank dress, high-top sneakers, and a denim jacket while hitting the streets of Beverly Hills.

On another occasion, Emmy Rossum gave her Tory Burch Ramona dress [11] ($450) a kick-back air via a denim jacket, then added a blue structured crossbody bag and green ankle-strap sandals for further oomph.

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