The Best Jean Jackets The Instyle Roundup

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19 Mar 2018
by: Dani Kleinman

Gone are the days when denim was only for cowboys in the American West. Jean jackets have fully had their Cinderella moment, gracing major runways this year and moving up the fashion ranks into certifiably chic territory. We’re honestly not surprised, as this bona fide staple of our wardrobes is one of our go-to toppers for those tricky transitional months. We’re all about their functionality and believe us, the ways to rock one are endless.

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How To Wear It

From fitted, to cropped, to oversized and every style in between, that little pop of denim can break up an outfit when layered under a furry bomber or oversized blazer. If you want to rock your jacket on top, we love styling it with a simple monochrome sweatshirt underneath, hood out. Found yourself the perfect XL boyfriend fit? Button up to just shy of the top and slip it off your shoulder to rock denim like the street style champ that you are.

Call it what you want: the Canadian tuxedo, double denim, a Brittney and Justin VMAs moment – the fact is we’ve heard a lot about denim on denim. Let us clear it up for you, you can absolutely pair your favorite jacket with a pair of equally cool jeans. Try two different washes to mix it up and make sure to steer clear of those JT denim hats.

What’s On-Trend

Denim jackets seemingly reappear every season in a new variation. This time around, we’re seeing the trend of varsity jacket patches and sixties embroidery winding its way out. Now, it’s all about the vintage feel – in other words, the denim of those high waisted Levi’s that won the 90s. Although we’ll dabble in blacks and grays, it’s really all about denim that looks like denim – preferably of the stiff, raw denim, vintage variety. We’re also doubling down on texture mixing, taking our denim with a dose of shearling or leather, from luxe splurges like DSquared2’s biker dream jacket to more affordable buys like Topshop’s contrast collar winners.

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Texture aside, your perfect jacket is all about the details – DIY details to be exact. With the debut of designer brands like Re/Done that repurpose vintage Levi’s with bespoke twists, you’re looking for a piece that looks like you took to it with a pair of kitchen scissors. For a more budget friendly choice, Urban Outfitters is doing the same with their new line Urban Renewal. Expect contrast pockets and raw-hem crops to reign supreme.


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