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How to Wear a Cropped Jacket | Spring 2013

File This Under No-Fail Outfit Formulas

Because we firmly believe that looking good shouldn't be a full-time job (we all have real jobs after all), we're bringing you an easy outfit formula that relies on just three key pieces. With nods to Spring's biggest trends — brights, metallics, ankle-strap footwear, and a great cropped jacket — this perfect outfit is all about putting a fresh spin on your tired jacket-and-jeans combos. Reach for a cropped jacket to layer over your t-shirt — the sharp proportion offers a sophisticated alternative to the staple anorak, and it's just as well-suited to the office as any of your favorite blazers. As for the final touches, a pair of skinny pants with a cropped silhouette leaves ample room for showing off another one of this season's biggest trends: the ankle-strap heel. Look for pairs in a neutral shade for the leg-lengthening effect, black for a great play on a classic, or further the outfit interest with a fresh metallic finish. In any iteration, these pieces add up (fast!) to something sleeker and cooler than your average work or weekend looks. Just shop our editors' picks below to test drive one of our favorite outfit formulas.

Shop looks from left: Zara striped jacket ($129), Paige Jimmy Jimmy skinny jean ($189), Alexander Wang Liya pump ($495); Topshop quilted ovoid crop jacket ($136), Rag & Bone distressed midrise skinny capri jean ($195), ASOS Sonic pointed heels ($54); Vince cropped jacket ($345), Isabel Marant Lucas printed cropped skinny jeans ($300), Zara patent sandals with ankle strap ($100)

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