How to Wear a Denim Jacket

A denim jacket has been an essential part of my wardrobe for as long as I can remember, and I have already written several odes to the denim jacket over the years. I can’t imagine trying to dress for spring and fall without it, so I thought I’d write a post on how to wear a denim jacket for you guys today.

As with any wardrobe item that has stood the test of time, styles change periodically, so I’m always looking for fresh ways to incorporate my denim jacket into my outfits.

The first key to styling a denim jacket is to find a great jacket.

Personally, I like a denim jacket that has some shaping through the waist area, and you want some stretch in the material so it’s comfortable to move around in.

LOFT is usually a good place to look. I love this dark wash.

GAP is also a good place to look when you’re in the market for a denim jacket. They almost always have a few to choose from, like this iconic denim jacket.

And Old Navy has an affordable one here.

And of course Nordstrom has tons of denim jackets to choose from, at a variety of price points. I really like this Helena Denim Jacket by KUT from the Kloth. It has a great shape to it, and the classic color and styling will last for years. I actually have this in the dark blue and the white.

Kut from the Koth Helena Denim Jacket

Also, Two by Vince Camuto makes a nice one in a mid-blue wash. I have this in the vest version, and it has a great fit and is very comfortable and stretchy. You may want to size down in this one.

Now that you have your jacket picked out, here are my favorite ways to wear a denim jacket.

How To Wear a Denim Jacket

Over a printed top with jeans and trendy sandals

With white jeans, a scarf, and a bright top…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

With a graphic tee, black jeans and kicks

To dress down a LBD with riding boots….

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

With a printed maxi skirt and a black tank…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

With colored jeans and a statement necklace…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

Over a striped maxi dress…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

With cargo pants and riding boots…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

Over a colorful summer dress for a casual date night…

dinner-dress

With cords and a long-sleeve tee…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

Over a black shift dress with Converse

With camo pants…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

With blush jeans and a striped tee

Or over a simple t-shirt dress…

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: 10 fashion bloggers share their tips for styling this wardrobe essential.

Tied around your waist over a casual shift dress with Converse for a sporty weekend look…

As you can see, the possibilities for styling a denim jacket are virtually endless.

If you’re looking for help building your wardrobe, I highly recommend Trunk Club, a personal shopping service by Nordstrom.

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