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9 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

Of all the outerwear used to layer clothes, there’s one that has become a household name in the world of casual wear. You’re right. It’s the denim jacket.

Denim jackets are one item of clothing that has over the years become a wardrobe staple. When it’s time to go chill out during casual occasions, these jackets always come in handy.

And because of this, it is now a necessity to know how to style jean jackets.

The fact that it’s a common apparel doesn’t mean you should wear it anyhow you deem fit without applying some bits of style.

But if you don’t know what to wear with a denim jacket, relax—you’ve come to the right place.

So, let’s hit the nail on the head, shall we?

Background Check on Denim Jackets

lady rocking denim jacket on denim pants

If you don’t wanna call it that, you can call it a jean jacket or a trucker jacket. This is one outerwear made from denim fabric.

It came into the U.S in the 1880s by Levi Strauss. And ever since then, this style of jacket has improved over the years.

Trucker jackets are an iconic part of streetwear outfits for men and women. They have also played a role in the spread of pop culture.

In the words of leading jeans brand, Levi Strauss & Co., this jacket  appeals to nonconformists as “a knock to the ‘suits’ of the world, its informal yet edgy heritage making it the ideal item to stick it to the man.

Apart from Levi Strauss & Co., other designers of denim jackets are Calvin Klein, Wrangler, Dior, Tom Ford, Gucci, etc.

How to Wear Jean Jackets

lady wearing pink denim jacket with short denim skirt

As stated earlier, denim jackets are important outerwear used to layer your outfits. They are also what you should wear when the weather is cold.

They usually come in different colours but the most common is blue. Blue jean jackets go with any combo. And this also applies to your other trucker jackets.

That aside, below are how to wear denim jackets:

1. Coordinate the Look

lady wearing black jean jacket on black jeans pants

You can do this by wearing denim on denim. To make your look really coordinated, pair denims of the same wash and colour together. This will make it look like a two-piece.

man wearing jean jacket on jean pants

You can as well match your denim jacket with a different wash or colour of denim bottoms. For instance, blue jacket and black jeans work together. 

If you don’t want to entirely coordinate your look, pair your jacket with a pair of jeans that contrasts its colour.

2. Pair with Pants

man wearing jean jacket on brown chinos

Chinos, khaki, tailored pants, palazzo, etc., are a great combo with Jean Jackets. 

lady wearing jean jacket on pants

They elevate your denim outfit from casual to smart casual.

3. Grab on Skirts

lady wearing denim jacket on short skirt

Any style and length of skirts blend well with trucker jackets.

lady wearing denim jacket on red skirt

 Be it a mini skirt, midi skirt, or any type of skirt, you’ll create a stylish look once you add your jean jacket to the look.

4. Wear Something Underneath

man layering jean jacket on a grey t-shirt

Dress shirts, T-shirts, crop tops, tank tops, vest, sweatshirts, turtleneck tops, etc., look much better when a jean jacket is added to the equation.

lady layering jean jacket on white turtleneck top

Just make sure the top you wear underneath isn’t bulky lest it should steal your jacket’s shine. A well-fitted top or slightly loose one will do the magic.

5. Pair with a Dress

lady wearing jean jacket on long dress

Dresses aren’t left out when it’s time to style your jacket.

Similar to skirts, any style and length of dress would work. 

lady wearing denim jacket on short dress

However, ensure it’s a colour that flatters your jacket so when both come together, you become an eye candy

6. Wear Another Jacket on it

lady wearing denim jacket under another another jacket

Did you know you can also layer your jean jacket?

Well, now you know.

man wearing denim jacket under another jacket

So, when the weather is freaking cold, wear your jacket on your top and use a blazer or coat to layer your trucker jacket.

Others will take a style cue from you.

7. Layer Your Jumpsuits, Dungarees, and Rompers

lady wearing denim jacket on jumpsuit

You can also use a jean jacket to layer your jumpsuits, dungarees, and playsuits.

This offers you comfort and covers your sleeves and neckline if the jumpsuit is a revealing one.

lady wearing jeans jacket on playsuit

Apart from that, it’s a stylish choice you should try out soon.

8. Grab on Your Kicks

lady wearing jean jacket with white sneakers

You can wear jeans jackets with your flats or heels but since it’s more of a casual attire, kicks would be better.

man wearing jean jacket with sneakers

So, go for sneakers to achieve that on-the-go look. You can also try knee-high boots, Chelsea boots, etc.

9. Accessorize

lady rocking jean jacket with hat

You can rock your denim jacket with a hat, scarf, jewelry, sunglasses, etc.

man wearing jean jacket with glasses

These tiny details magnify your look. 

Never forget them.

And that’s a wrap on how to style denim jackets.

Which look would you start with? Drop a comment and let us know

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