Very few items of clothing are so universally beloved as the iconic jean jacket. (Show us another wardrobe staple that pairs just as well with a sundress or workout gear as it does with an LBD or even a wedding dress.) To honor our favorite go-to topper, we’ve pulled together a list of 16 jean jacket outfits we’d gladly wear any day of the week.
With a Prairie Dress
Billowing prairie dresses are still on trend for spring 2020, but if you don’t want to look like you’re testing a Little Women Halloween costume, add a denim jacket. The look brings things back into the 21st century and gives you a figure in a dress that can otherwise look shapeless.
To Offset a Slip
A slinky tank top, a slip skirt and strappy heels make for an excellent date-night ensemble. But if you’re worried that’s too sexy, a longline jacket can offer additional coverage without sacrificing any style points.
With Wild Prints
We love a good print-mixing moment. But we also love the addition of one sleek, neutral piece…like this cropped and fitted denim jacket.
Have yourself a ’70s moment with flared cords and a denim jacket in that OG true blue wash. A ladylike bag and pointy toes will give your look a modern 2020 vibe, but we wouldn’t be opposed to slipping into a pair of Birkenstocks.
Mint green, bright winter white and other cool pastel hues are trending big right now, so why not add a touch of ice blue too?
Belted as a Shirt
Button your jacket all the way up, add a belt at your waist and voilà! You’ve got yourself a brand-new top to pair with anything from a classic black pencil skirt to faux-leather joggers.
In a Polished Blazer Cut
When we think of jean jackets, we immediately imagine a classic trucker style. But there are hundreds of other silhouettes to consider, like a tailored blazer, for example. Lean into the mix of professional and weekend-ready with a leg-baring pencil skirt or printed trousers.
Layered Under Another Jacket
No need to break out the tired pea coat (again). Instead, pair two jackets—one denim and one patterned trench—for a fashion week–ready look that’s just as warm.
Matching Denim on Denim
The trick to not looking like a lost cowboy is to keep the rest of your look less casual. Think pointy-toe shoes, a Steve Jobs–esque turtleneck, a flirty blouse and a colorful handbag.
Mismatched Denim on Denim
If a monochrome denim suit isn’t really your style, try mixing things up with two different washes. It doesn’t matter if you do the lighter shade on top or on bottom, as long as there’s an obvious difference between the two shades.
Denim on Denim on Denim
A chambray shirt with skinnies and a denim handbag? Sounds good to us. Just be sure to add at least one non-denim, non-blue item or you’ll run the risk of looking like Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards.
Colorful Denim on Denim
Red, pink, white or yellow all feel fresh and fashion forward and are still as comfortable and easy to wear as their blue-wash counterparts.
In an Unexpected Silhouette
Swap the typical trucker style for a long trench coat. Ooh la la, French-girl vibes.
Black Wash with Spring Florals
What’s the easiest way to make delicate blooms and dainty pastels feel less precious? With a biker-inspired black jean jacket draped over your shoulders, of course.
Over Your Gym Clothes
Yes, you could throw a sweatshirt on over your leggings, but a jean jacket looks more put together. So when you inevitably run into your coworker/kid’s teacher/book club frenemy, you won’t feel quite so underdressed.
In Shades of Gray
If black feels too punk for your taste and blue feels too SoCal cool, why not give dove gray a try? It looks especially chic and upscale when worn with other elegant gray pieces and a few luxe black accents.
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