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07/15/2014 07:00 am ET

15 Style Lessons From Diane Kruger

While there are many different ways to describe Diane Kruger (former Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior model, one half of Hollywood's sexiest couple, modern-day style icon), our personal favorite is just all-around badass.

Not only has this woman nabbed one of the biggest '90s heartthrobs in Joshua Jackson, but she also has style in spades with a hot Hollywood career to match.

So, in celebration of Kruger's 38th birthday today (July 15), we are taking a look at her best ensembles to date and all the fabulous fashion lessons we can draw from them. Ladies, you'll want to take notes.

  • 1 Braids don't have to be boring.
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  • 2 Newsboy caps are a fashion DO.
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  • 3 Shoulder pads don't just belong in the '80s.
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  • 4 And denim vests don't just belong in the '90s.
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  • 5 Mixing high and low is the way to go.
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  • 6 Formal wear needs to have pockets.
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  • 7 Experimenting with proportions and texture is what makes a real trendsetter.
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  • 8 Backpacks are BACK in a major way.
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  • 9 Target is often the best place to shop.
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  • 10 Dressing like a mime should not just be reserved for Halloween.
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  • 11 Sometimes showing your lingerie can be sexy.
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  • 12 Matching your top to your bottoms is overrated.
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  • 13 Crotch-high boots are perfect for date night.
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  • 14 As is a short double-breasted jumpsuit.
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  • 15 A crop top can make you look sexy, sweet and sophisticated all at once.
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