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ESC: Jessica Biel, Dare to Wear

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Is Jessica Biel wearing a coat...or is she wearing a dress?

We all know coats are truly functional in the fall and winter, but the actress is giving us a whole new perspective on how to wear them, you know, spring-style. Although we can probably assume Jessica's outfit is, in fact, made to be worn as a dress, you could totally sub in a fitted, lightweight jacket to recreate her breezy daytime look without having to spend any extra money.

The formula is simple: button it up, belt it and wear it as a dress.

Not only will you look super chic, but you'll also be able to get so much more mileage out of your outerwear (than just hiding it away in the back of your closet until next year's chilly season). So break out your favorites again and make it work double duty as a dress with some of the clever styling tricks below.

ESC: Jessica Biel D2W Market

Play with Different Lengths

You can double your lengthy trench coat as a midi dress for a sophisticated look, or you could even sport an oversized blazer just long enough to function as a mini dress to amp up the sex appeal. Just make sure you don't risk overexposure with a coat that's too short.

Perfect Your Springtime Ensemble with Lots of Accessories

You can cinch your coat at the waist with a trendy belt to define your body shape, like Jessica. Then, add some shoes and a handbag to match the belt, to make it look more like a full outfit. Finally, put on some bold jewelry and you're good to go.

Topshop Moto Longline Denim Jacket, $100; Zara Frayed Checked Frock Coat, $129; Tory Burch Britta Sweater Coat, $495

Would you wear a coat as a dress?

Let us know in the comments below!