Trendy jean jacket outfits to copy using chic styles from your own closet.

By Cris Pearlstein, Rachel Sylvester
Updated June 07, 2019
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It can be frustrating to keep up with the ever-changing trends of fashion—every season brings with it a new color, style and silhouette. Sometimes it can make you feel like you have to throw out everything in your closet that's older than a season or more. So isn’t it nice when you come across an item in that same closet that truly stands the test of time? Something that not only works season after season, but year after year? Behold the denim jacket. Denim is a staple in most closets, but it’s not always easy to know how to wear a jean jacket.

Denim jackets are great for breezy summer nights or as a chic layer under a winter coat. They look cool with an oversized scarf in the fall, and are the perfect outerwear of choice for spring. If the one in your closet hasn’t seen the light of day in a while—maybe you forgot how versatile it really is, or maybe it got buried under all the other trends in there—now’s the time to dust that jacket off for future looks. Thanks to the help of 27 on-trend fashion bloggers, we're breaking down all the different types of jean jackets out there (hint: blue denim is only the beginning).

How to Wear a Jean Jacket

If you search for jean jackets in stores or online, it's clear how many different versions of denim are available to buy. Do you like a dark wash in a classic cut? Check. White denim with a flared waist? Check. A vintage style with an oversized fit? Yup, that’s out there, too. It can get a little overwhelming, so we broke down all the categories (and even included some how-to-wear-them tips) to help you figure out which one is the right one for you.

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Blue Jean Jacket

The most basic of them all, the blue jean jacket is every woman’s best friend. It’s versatility is unmatched—available in countless washes, at every price point, and in all sizes. Balance out the volume of a full skirt with a fitted denim jacket like blogger Color Me Courtney.

Get the look: Two by Vince Camuto Jean Jacket, $99; nordstrom.com.

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Blue Jean Jacket

Toss a jean jacket over a body-con maxi dress (and baby bump!) like blogger Collectively Candice.

Get the look: Pilcro Classic Denim Jacket, $130; anthropologie.com.

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Blue Jean Jacket

A blue jean jacket grounds an otherwise over-the-top color palette, as seen here on Georgette from the blog Grown and Curvy Woman.

Get the look: Embroidered Denim Trucker Jacket, $96; nordstrom.com.

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Blue Jean Jacket

A blue denim jacket perfectly offsets a black, white and red outfit (and looks great with a baby bump).

Get the look: AG Robyn Jacket, $198; shopbop.com.

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Blue Jean Jacket

Blogger Kendi Everyday proves that a denim jacket with a popped collar and rolled-up sleeves makes even joggers and sneakers look polished.

Get the look: Denim Trucker Jacket, $90; anthropologie.com.

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Blue Jean Jacket

A blue jean jacket and a red sweater are a match made in heaven—bonus points if you add in another pop of color, like blogger Geri Hirsch did here.

Get the look: Madewell The Jean Jacket, $118; madewell.com.

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White Denim Jacket

If blue denim is not your thing, or if you already one of those and want to grow your jean jacket collection, try a white version. It’s clean and crisp, and will elevate any outfit. Try using it as part of a color-blocking strategy like blogger Sydne Summer from Sydne Style.

Get the look: Everlane The Denim Jacket, $88; everlane.com.

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White Denim Jacket

If bright white is too much for you, try a printed version as seen on Kate Ogata of The Fancy Pants Report—you may not be able to wear it to the office but you’ll live in it every weekend.

Get the look: Tinsel Polka Do Jean Jacket, $30; nordstrom.com.

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White Denim Jacket

White denim is slightly more polished than blue, so it plays nicely with a silky blouse and black pants, like blogger Lady in Violet is wearing here.

Get the look: Two by Vince Camuto Denim Jacket, $99; nordstrom.com.

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Black Denim Jacket

The other end of the denim jacket spectrum is, of course, the black jean jacket. Sure, it lends a downtown-cool vibe to any outfit—but it can also serve as a versatile wear-anywhere layer. Layer it over a slouchy hoodie to turn leggings and sweats into a real outfit.

Get the look: Pocketed Denim Jacket, $60; mango.com.

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Black Denim Jacket

A black denim jacket is the perfect go-with for edgy black accessories.

Get the look: Rumors Denim Jacket, $98; freepeople.com.

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Black Denim Jacket

A light-wash black jean jacket makes a classic white tee really pop.

Get the look: Denim Girlfriend Jacket, $64; asos.com.

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Black Denim Jacket

Try a style in a vintage wash to add texture and interest to an otherwise drab outfit.

Get the look: Denim x Alexander Wang Jacket, $450; shopbop.com.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

Even though jean jackets transcend seasonal trends, there are more fashion-forward versions out there—if you’re in the mood to experiment, try an oversized style. A longer silhouette, like this one on blogger Patty’s Kloset, is super-flattering over a body-con knee-length dress.

Get the look: Oversized Distressed Denim Jacket, $30; boohoo.com.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

A borrowed-from-the-boys slouchy silhouette perfectly offsets the girly vibe of a pleated skirt.

Get the look: Levi's Baggy Trucket Jacket $98; revolve.com.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

An oversized denim jacket with a vintage vibe can bring your white jeans into fall.

Get the look: Boyfriend Denim Jacket, $34; amazon.com.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

A hip-length silhouette balances the sexiness of cage heels and skin-tight jeans.

Get the look: Dad Oversized Denim Jacket, $90; topshop.com.

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Oversized Denim Jacket

An oversized denim jacket can be a fun way to play with proportion—try wearing one with wide-leg pants and platform heels like blogger Simply Audree Kate.

Get the look: Ramona Denim Trucker Jacket, $128; freepeople.com.

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Distressed Denim Jacket

If a plain denim jacket doesn’t feel very “you,” maybe a distressed version, like the ones below, would be more your speed. A ripped-all-over jacket dresses down a floor-length pleated skirt, like on blogger Sweenee Style.

Get the look: Ksubi Ripped Denim Jacket, $215; intermix.com.

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Distressed Denim Jacket

Distressed details (and a cool concert tee) help to perfectly balance out an ultra-feminine skirt.

Get the look: GRLFRND Distressed Denim Jacket, $280; net-a-porter.com.

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Distressed Denim Jacket

You can never go wrong with a distressed jean jacket and black jeans.

Get the look: Aqua Distressed Denim Jacket, $88; bloomingdales.com.

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Distressed Denim Jacket

A distressed, oversized denim jacket is a double whammy, but works well to downplay super-sexy stiletto boots.

Get the look: Oversized Distressed Raw Hem Jacket, $40; asos.com.

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Cropped Denim Jacket

If you have a petite frame, or maybe oversized silhouettes simple aren't your think, try a cropped denim jacket. Show off your curves with a shrunken silhouette, like blogger Amy Michelle from Style and Sequins did here.

Get the look: The Cropped Denim Jacket, $78; everlane.com.

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Cropped Denim Jacket

A cropped style ensures horizontal stripes don’t overwhelm a petite frame.

Get the look: GUESS Cropped Denim Jacket, $98; macys.com.

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Cropped Denim Jacket

Accentuate long legs with a cropped denim jacket that hits at your natural waist.

Get the look: BDG Denim Cutoff Cropped Jacket, $69; urbanoutfitters.com.

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Sleeveless Jean Jacket

A sleeveless jean jacket, or a denim vest, can be a really fun layering piece to add to your wardrobe. It’s also the perfect DIY solution for a jacket whose sleeves have gotten too short. Try a denim vest over a jumpsuit, like blogger Brooke from KB Styled.

Get the look: Frayed Denim Vest, $78; bloomingdales.com.

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Sleeveless Jean Jacket

A sleeveless denim jacket with a longer silhouette plays nice with the streamlined cut of a mod mini dress, in this photo from Masha Sedgwick.

Get the look: Levi's Denim Vest, $60; macys.com.