How to Wear a Jean Jacket with Every Outfit In Your Closet

Copy these outfits (built around 6 jean jacket styles) to create chic looks from your own closet.

levi's classic jean jacket
Photo: nordstrom.com

It can be frustrating to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends—every season brings a new color, style, and silhouette. Sometimes you feel like everything in your closet is suddenly unwearable. 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 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 a perfect outerwear 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 break down all the different types of jean jackets out there. (Hint: blue denim is only the beginning.) And then we show you how to wear yours.

Blue Jean Jacket

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Pair With a Full Skirt

Woman wearing denim jacket with full skirt
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 there’s no reason every woman shouldn’t own one.Balance out the volume of a full skirt with a fitted denim jacket like blogger, Color Me Courtney. colormecourtney.com

The basic 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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Throw Over a Maxi Dress

Woman wearing denim jacket with bodycon maxi dress
Toss a jean jacket over a body-con maxi dress (and baby bump!) like blogger Collectively Candice. collectivelycandice.com

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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Ground a Bright Color Palette

Woman wearing denim jacket with bold-colored top and skirt
grownandcurvywoman.com

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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Look Cute With a Baby Bump

Woman wearing denim jacket with gingham top and red scarf
themelissalifestyle.com

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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Style Up Your Joggers

Woman wearing denim jacket with popped collar and rolled-up sleeves
kendieveryday.com

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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Wear Over a Red Sweater

Woman wearing a denim jacket with a red sweater
becauseimaddicted.net

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

Woman wearing white denim jacket with yellow top and black jeans
sydnestyle.com

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

Woman wearing black and white printed denim jacket and striped shirt
thefancypantsreport.com

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

Woman Smiling in White Jean Jacket With Bright Shirt Underneath
ladyinviolet.com

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

Woman wearing denim jacket over hoodie with leggings
larisacostea.com

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

Woman wearing black denim jacket with edgy black accessories
shedoes.com.au

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

Woman wearing a light-wash black denim jacket with white tee
miamiamine.com

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

Woman wearing vintage-wash denim jacket with dark-colored outfit
phasesofrobyn.com

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

Woman wearing oversized denim jacket over knee-length black dress
pattyskloset.com

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

Woman wearing slouchy denim jacket with pleated skirt
samieze.com

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

Woman wearing oversized jean jacket with white jeans
meagansmoda.com

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

Woman wearing hip-length denim jacket with black jeans and cage heels
lafoliecouture.com

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

Woman wearing oversized denim jacket with wide leg pants and platform heels
simplyaudreekate.com

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

Woman wearing distressed jean jacket with pleated maxi skirt
sweeneestyle.com

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

Woman wearing a denim jacket with band t-shirt and lacy white skirt
wishesandreality.com

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

Woman wearing distressed denim jacket with black jeans
besugarandspice.com

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

Woman wearing distressed oversized denim jacket with stiletto boots
shedoes.com.au

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

Woman wearing small denim jacket with striped top, jeans, and scarf
styleandsequins.com

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

Woman wearing a denim jacket with a striped dress
cuteandlittle.com

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

Woman wearing jean jacket with red and white top and black pants
notdressedaslamb.com

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

Woman wearing sleeveless denim jacket over black jumpsuit
kbstyled.com

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

Woman wearing sleeveless denim jacket with mod mini dress
glamradar.com

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.

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