Did you know the duster coat was originally worn by cowboys to protect their clothes from dust while on horseback? Now, they’re a style statement which can give any outfit extra polish. Horse optional!

Here are some ideas on how to style your duster coat…

The duster coat can be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet. You can wear it with pretty much anything! It can create clean, long lines to elongate your figure and hide a belly. It’s also the perfect piece for transitional dressing.

1. Black and white

Monochrome is a classic combination however you wear it. Opting for a white duster coat over a column of black can not only create a slimming effect, but can update your black for summer!

Here, the clutch bag adds a small pop of color.

There’s plenty more inspiration here in 14 ways to wear black and white in summer.

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Wallis white duster jacket – Ming Wang scoop neck tankMadewell skinny jeansShinola clutch bagSam Edelman pointy-toe flat

2. For summer

Dressing for summer can be trickier than putting together outfits in the colder months when you have plenty of layers to play with and to add interest.

But a lightweight duster can easily be worn over shorts for summer, as well as doubling as a cover-up for the beach.

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Sanctuary leaves dusterCaslon green shortsBlack Eileen Fisher sandalsLafeyette green blouseBillabong woven bagShihashi tassel earrings

3. Double Denim

While double denim, or the Canadian tuxedo as it is also known, is usually about pairing jeans with a denim shirt in a slightly different hue, wearing a denim duster coat gives a fresh take on the trend.

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Madewell denim dusterMadewell striped teeDL1961 crop flare jeansCole Haan wedge sandals

4. Floral duster

I love the contrast provided by the military style and color of this duster jacket combined with the oh-so-feminine pink florals.

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Rachel Roy floral dusterKaren Kane denim leggingsBernado muleRebel WIlson pink tankBP bag

5. Over a dress

Of course, there’s no rule that a duster has to be worn over pants or shorts, duster jackets can add oomph to just about any outfit! Here, the blue of this denim dress is complemented by similar shades in the duster jacket.

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Kas New York kimono jacketBoden denim dressJeffrey Campbell mustard muleSole Society leather hobo bag

For more style inspiration, read our article on how to wear a shirtdress.

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots for a hack out on her crazy ex-racehorse.

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