For many of us, fashion works on a cycle. One minute we're swearing up and down that the questionable trends of yesteryear will never re-invade our wardrobe. The next? We're pricing out ponchos and wondering if dresses over pants really look as bad as we remember.
Jennifer Garner, however, is different. Instead of experimenting with super tricky styles (only to potentially regret it later), she's essentially stuck to the same simple combination of a sweater and jeans. From the red carpet to running errands, this outfit has served as the actress' uniform for two whole decades. It's easy. It's timeless. And it looks great on her, too.
Of course, Garner has modernized it over the years, swapping out footwear or trading a crewneck for a cardigan. But, seeing her revisit this look time and time again is a true lesson in personal style, and how just wearing what you like is always a win.
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At an in-store signing for Alias: Declassified, Garner went with a simple aughts ensemble consisting of a zip-up sweater, black tee, bootcut jeans, and shiny black shoes.
A few years later, she was spotted out and about wearing something similar, although this time around, it was a tad lighter in color and even more casual.
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If we swapped out the ballet flats for some break-your-ankle platforms, this exact outfit would surely work for 2022.
Even though her sweater is gray and her pants are dark-wash denim, Garner made sure to incorporate a splash with the help of a blue bag.
An easy, throw-on-and-go outfit that looks great on pretty much everyone? A black sweater with jeans and black boots. Done!
A pregnant Garner was spotted at the market in her favorite three-piece style solution, except this time, she traded her sweater for a long-sleeved tee.
Complete with a big bag, this combination is perfect for traveling — especially if your plan is to hop off to plane and head straight to a meeting or activity.
The actress always finds ways to keep her sweater and jeans outfit fresh. One trick is to opt for tops that include prints or bright colors.
The good news is, this outfit is the perfect base if you're hoping to experiment with current trends. A muppet hat, for instance, would make a cheerful addition. Garner herself isn't fully immune to trying a new craze — those oxford shoes are totally Twee.
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Even though this outfit idea is inherently casual, it's possible to make it feel elevated with certain shoes. A heeled bootie, for instance, gave Garner's look a fashion-forward, street style spin.
We often struggle to choose outfits to wear in 70-degree weather, but Garner's selection of a T-shirt, cardigan, jeans, and sandals is a pretty perfect in-between look.
This outfit is a lesson in capsule dressing. Each item — from the denim shirt to the heeled boots and midsize bag — can be worn a million different ways. The any-season V-neck sweater would look just as nice thrown over a bathing suit for a cool, coastal cocktail hour as it does here.
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While in NYC, the actress made her wardrobe staples feel slightly dressed up, slipping into a pair of gray heels and a classic structured jacket.
Instead of running sneakers, Garner went with loafers this time around, turning her sweater and jeans into a fun, preppy fit. In 2022, we'd add a pair of crew socks for extra flair.
While the best addition to Garner's go-to look is always a cup of coffee, the choice of a bomber jacket isn't bad, either. It managed to take thing to a whole new level of lax.
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We've stocked up on our fair share of sweatshirts over the past few years, and as Garner proves, a snuggly, solid option, styled with jeans and sneakers, makes for the perfect everyday ensemble.
If you goal is to find the happy medium between laid-back and luxe, style your cardigan, T-shirt, and jeans with fuzzy footwear, such as a pair of slipper slides.
Despite being somewhat basic and easy to copy, Garner's favorite outfit is far from boring. The actress will occasionally add in elements of fun, including prints or graphic pieces, like this sword sweater.
When in doubt, color coordinate. We love how Garner matched her heart-print cardigan to her blue kicks.
All these years later, Garner's jeans and sweater outfit is still going strong, and we're looking forward to seeing how she wears it in 2022 and beyond.