The Outfit Formulas to Try If You Wear a Denim Jacket 7 Days a Week

December 29th, 2017 at 2:00am

We’ve never met a jean jacket we didn’t like—it’s a classic piece that we can style with pretty much anything in our closets. When winter rolls around, there’s nothing we love more than throwing this denim staple over our shoulders. Stumped on how to style the wardrobe essential for yourself? Here are seven outfit ideas to help transform your look with this simple addition.

Experiment with Double Denim

No need to fear the Canadian tux! Not sure how to tackle this trend? Our advice is to mix up your washes; a dark blue top with faded blue jeans is the perfect combination. Add a pair of Converse All Star high-tops and a baseball cap to keep it classic.

Pair a Thigh-Length Style with a Dress

Instead of wearing a blazer or a cardigan with your dress, opt for a polished long denim jacket. Add everyone’s favorite chunky sneakers for a contrasting style (and all-day comfort).

Tie Your Jacket Around Your Waist For a ’90s Look

Too warm to wear your beloved denim? Tie it around your waist instead to break up a look like you would with a belt. Pair the cincher with a printed dress, fishnet tights, and a pair of casual sneakers for a grunge-inspired throwback.

Play Mix and Match with Patterns

Go full maximalist with your denim jacket by pairing it with your loudest piece of clothing. Layer a patched-up piece over striped trousers to put your eclectic side on full display.

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Team Up Unexpected Washes

A denim jacket doesn’t always have to be the expected “blue jean” color. Try expanding your denim wardrobe with an acid wash or a white jacket instead. Pair it with a standard pair of blue jeans for an effortless look.

Contrast a Frayed Style with Workwear Staples

Try a frayed jacket over a plain red sweater and clean-cut trousers for a lesson in juxtaposition. The sleek lines are perfect for a work setting, so wear this to your internship for a layered outfit that leans on the creative side.

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Opt for Embroidery 

You can never go wrong with a set of classics. Combine every great piece in the book with an embroidered Levi’s jacket, a crisp white blouse, and a pair of neutral mules. Feel like you’re missing something? Throw in a pair of two-tone jeans for an unexpected twist.

How are you styling your jean jacket for fall? Tell us about your outfit in the comments below!

Featured photo by @hannahbertolino.