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You heard it here first, ladies: There’s a silhouette so universally flattering that it deserves a spot in every woman’s closet. It’s—drumroll, please—a cropped denim jacket. Short and boxy, it’s leg-lengthening, waist-highlighting and just all-around cool. Here are a few tips for wearing one this spring.

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Dress Down a Fancier Look

A jean jacket makes any dress feel effortless and cool. A cropped jean jacket has the added bonus of lengthening your silhouette.

Get the look: Topshop jacket ($75); Tiare Hawaii dress ($108); Street Level bag ($76)

woman wearing a black skirt and yellow printed jacket
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Tuck in Your Top

In addition to making those legs look a mile long, a cropped denim jacket draws the eye right to a nipped waist, so be sure to tuck in your top to your pants or skirt.

Get the look: BlankNYC jacket ($118); Madewell T-shirt ($20); Vero Moda skirt ($55)

woman wearing red jeans and a red jacket
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Try Something Monochromatic

On top of streamlining your outfit, a monochromatic ensemble is super easy to put together, and always looks polished, even if it’s a little baggy. But you don’t have to find a fire-engine-red set; a classic Canadian tuxedo (with a cropped jacket, of course) will do the trick.  

Get the look: J Brand jacket ($348); Kut from the Kloth jeans ($89); Caslon T-shirt ($25)

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