A denim jacket (or “jeans jacket” as I called them back in the day) is an absolute, undeniable wardrobe staple, this I will not dispute. But wearing a denim jacket always makes me feel so … I don’t know … middle school. I don’t completely know why. Grown-ups, including some of the most stylish women I know, wear them all the time. It’s probably because I always wore one in middle school. Or maybe it feels too wholesome for this midwest girl who moved to the big city to work in fashion magazines. But what always draws me to my trusty old denim jacket is the fact that I know it’ll go with whatever I’m wearing, and add a laid-back cool factor to balance out my favorite dresses and skirts. It’s really the only jacket I’ve found that consistently works in summer (and is great for layering year-round). So I’ve been on a mission to find “grown-up” ways to wear a denim jacket that look cool and sophisticated.
How you style a denim jacket that makes all the difference. I always turn to my favorite bloggers and street stylers to get ideas for ways to wear wear a denim jacket. And trust me when I say, denim jacket outfits I gathered for inspo will make you want to break yours out again this summer. These looks prove that my favorite middle school jacket is just as versatile and relevant today.
Here are my favorite ways to wear a denim jacket. Also, this is hands down the best denim jacket I’ve ever bought at the best price point.