How to Wear a Jean Jacket with Every Outfit In Your Closet
Trendy jean jacket outfits to copy using chic styles from your own closet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.