By Andrea Cheng. Photos: Getty Images, Courtesy of Brands.
Ah the denim jacket. Every time talk of transitional weather begins to simmer, the classic all-American topper inevitably makes its way into the conversation. With its dependable, durable medium-weight fabric, the denim jacket is always—always—the top pick for sartorial salvation when it comes to surviving awkward, confusing in-between temps.
But maybe we’re jumping ahead of ourselves here. Depending on where you live in the country, there is still snow on the ground or in some cases, like the streets of New York City, giant impenetrable snow banks that line each block (otherwise known as the aftermath of winter storm Stella).
A regular ol’ denim jacket isn’t going to cut it, but a shearling-lined one will. Your dad might have worn one in the ‘80s, or maybe you yourself wore one in the ‘90s, but models, "It" girls, influencers—all the in-the-know style stars—definitely wore theirs during the fashion month this season, delivering a utilitarian-cool aesthetic with each paparazzi-stalking snap. There was Korean street style star Irene Kim, who grounded her edgy leather mini and fishnets with a familiar shearling-trimmed denim jacket, and then there was Victoria's Secret model Elsa Hosk, who took the throwback route by doubling up on denim and toting a logo-laden Fendi bag.
Not entirely convinced? Before you dismiss shearling and choose to wait a few more weeks until it’s officially denim jacket season, we suggest taking a gander at the fall 2017 runways, because textured, shearling-trimmed outerwear played a major role in the designer big leagues, including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, and Tory Burch.
OK, so now that we’re all on the same page, treat your cozy shearling-lined topper as you would a denim jacket. Double up on denim for a throwback feel (bonus if you finish with aviator-style dad glasses) or patch them up and pile on the prints for a maximalist, Alessandro Michele-approved aesthetic. Or, play it cool and layer it over a hoodie (make it Champion if Vetements is out of the question) for a cool-girl, sk8ter-boi effect, or pit it against leather for next-level badass-ery.
Got all that? Good. Now here are four options to get you started:
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