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Maybe the hardest worker in your wardrobe, a timeless denim topper does exactly one thing: It makes any outfit instantly cooler.

Whether you’re in the market for a new one, or just looking to get re-inspired for the autumn weather ahead, here’s proof that you can rock a jean jacket anywhere, with anything.

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It Toughens Up a Floral Look

Cool blue denim keeps a dainty print from looking too sweet.

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It Breaks Up An All-Black Ensemble

Light wash: keeping you out of goth territory.

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And Pares Down a Preppy Outfit

Back to school for grown-ups.

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It Crushes a Menswear Look

A crisp shirt, now with an edge.

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It’s Near Perfection with Stripes

We never grow tired of a stripes-and-denim look. Never. (Even if it's outside expected-nautical territory.)

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It Works As a “Belt”

For those days you just can't deny said nautical stripes.

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It Takes a Long Cardigan to the Next Level

When you want to wear all the layers.

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Same Goes for a Chunky Knit

Behold, the shoulder drape.

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It Can Even Be the Inner Layer

Just add a military coat.

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But It Will Reign Supreme in Denim-On-Denim

When in doubt: Do as 1990 Lauren Hutton does.

Get the look: Old Navy ($40); Levi's ($70); Urban Renewal ($89); Madewell ($128)

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