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11 Style Lessons Reese Witherspoon Can Teach Us

From the clad-in-pink head-to-toe Elle Woods to the apple of Johnny Cash's eye, Reese Witherspoon has captured our attention time and time again. And it's not just her on-screen personas that we've fallen for. Here are some of our favorite style lessons from the classy and sassy star. Grab a pen and paper, and study up on these 11 style lessons courtesy of Reese Witherspoon.

Playful Patterns

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Polka dots aren't just for the playground. We're loving Reese Witherspoon's mature spin on the playful print. Keep the silhouette simple and avoid frills to keep the look age-appropriate.

Tasteful Skin is Ageless

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Who says there's an age limit on miniskirts? Reese looks fantastic in her mini and sweater combo. Here's why it works: the A-line silhouette of the miniskirt keeps it classy, and the crew neck sweater keeps her covered up top.

Layer Up

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This one's simple and classic. Layering a collared button-up under a sweater is a great way to look more pulled together. Play with textures, weights and colors for the best effect.

Feminine Is Fun

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You're a woman, and it's okay to look like one. Tailored jackets instantly take any outfit up a style notch. Stick to tweed for the ultimate femme look. Pair with tapered denim and classic pumps to give off a cool, I-always-look-this-good vibe.

When in Doubt, Denim and a White Tee

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We all have uninspired mornings, you know, when your entire closet ends up on your floor in a pile of frustration. But fret not, because it's totally OK to go for classic denim and a white tee. It takes little imagination to put together but looks absolutely killer.

Hats on a Bad Hair Day

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Bad hair days are inevitable. (Except you, Reese. Your locks are flawless.) Instead of going for a messy topknot, try throwing on a cute fedora or floppy straw hat to hide unwashed or unruly hair. Bonus points if you pair it with a boho-chic dress, as our girl has here.

Pencil Skirts Outside the Office

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Pencil skirts are flattering on all body types, and the classic cut is getting an update. Once reserved for offices, the style has made its way to the streets in fun prints and luxe fabrics. Look for a fit that rests at your natural waist and hits right above the knee.

Bold Colors

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Bold hues are hot this season, and Reese shows us how to rock them. When wearing a bright color, whether a top or a bottom, keep the rest of the look neutral.

Leather Is Timeless

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We wholeheartedly believe every woman needs a leather (or pleather) item in her wardrobe. An A-line skater skirt in a matte neutral color, like Reese's oxblood mini, is the perfect building block for an anytime, anywhere outfit.

Black and White

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A black-and-white colorblocked outfit is the quickest way to look chic, in our humble opinion. Take note of Reese's combination, and pair a black bottom—skinny jeans or full skirts are our faves—with a white top for the best effect. We love how she keeps the palette continuous through the accessories, but we wouldn't hold it against you if you added a pop of color.

Little Black/White/Red Dress

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All girls know a LBD is a must-own piece of clothing, but we're expanding the rule. A well-fitted dress in a classic cut, like Reese's A-line silhouette, is a staple for every wardrobe. We recommend stocking up with one black, one white and one red to start. Once you've got the basics, look for small prints and fun colors.

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