Brighten Up Your Summer Style with a White Denim Jacket

Whenever I write a Summer Wardrobe Essentials post, a white denim jacket always makes the list. It’s so crisp and fresh, and it works with dresses and jeans and everything in between.

I love a white denim jacket in the summertime. It's so crisp and fresh, and it works with dresses and jeans and everything in between.

My all-time favorite denim jacket is this one from Kut from the Kloth. The fit is fantastic, and it has such nice shaping through the waist. Plus I love the lightweight denim — it’s not too hot even in warmer weather.

I mean, obviously, I wouldn’t wear it to sit outside on a sunny 90-degree day, but it’s not heavy enough to add a lot of extra warmth either. It’s the perfect light layer for wearing inside when the A/C is cranked — which seems to be almost everywhere anymore. I’m always freezing in restaurants and grocery stores.

I love a white denim jacket in the summertime. It's so crisp and fresh, and it works with dresses and jeans and everything in between.

This jacket washes and wears well too. I’ve had it for… I don’t know… three years? Four, maybe. When it gets dirty, I wash it and hang it to dry, and sometimes hit it with an iron if I’m really trying to look sharp, but you can also toss it in the dryer for 10 minutes on low heat to loosen it up.

The silver hardware blends into the white and keeps it all fairly neutral, but I do usually wear silver jewelry when I wear it, or I wear some mixed metal pieces to warm it up.

For size reference, my jacket is a medium. If in doubt about sizing, I’d go with the larger.

I love a white denim jacket in the summertime. It's so crisp and fresh, and it works with dresses and jeans and everything in between.

For this look, I wore my white denim jacket over a black and white printed top with black jeans and black sandals for a dressed-up casual, girls’ lunch out look. This is also the type of outfit I’d wear to a social media conference or business casual event.

This bar hardware printed top is from White House Black Market. I always love their selection of summer tops, and this one does not disappoint.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing White House Black Market Bar Hardware Printed Top with AG The Legging Ankle Jeans in Super Black

It’s fully lined so it’s not see-through at all, and it has a flattering ruching detail the sides. It’s also on sale for 25% off!

I have the small, but I’m kind of in between sizes at White House Black Market at the moment, thanks to my summer diet which often includes too many munchies and too few salads… and let’s not talk about the mojitos.

All that to say, it might look better if I’d sized up. Then again, that’s where the denim jacket comes in handy!

White House Black Market Bar Hardware Printed Top

These are the AG legging ankle jeans — my all-time favorite style — in Super Black. They’re such a good deep shade of black, and they don’t fade. At least, I haven’t had an issue with that, and I’ve worn and washed them multiple times. I’m wearing my usual AG size 28, for reference.

I got mine at Amazon, but they’re currently 25% off at Nordstrom although sizes are limited. I can’t figure out which retailer they’re price-matching, but I found a couple of options on sale at Bloomingdale’s — this pair is 30% off, and this pair is 44%off — the material is a bit different, but they’re all the same style, and I’ve never been disappointed with any AG legging ankle jeans. My favorite blue denim pair is 30% off too!

I’ve worn these shoes plenty of times before, and I particularly like them with black jeans.

If you’re a sucker for a really good quality pair of shoes, I can’t recommend these highly enough. They are so gorgeous and understated, plus they’re incredibly comfortable, and they’re 3-season shoes here in the northeast so there’s lots of opportunity to wear them.

Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Block Heel Sandals in Black Nappa

I have the black Nappa leather, but they also come in a black patent, as well as nude patent and nude Nappa leather and a slew of other colors. FYI, the Mojave Suede is on sale, and it’s a great neutral. They run true to size; I have my usual size 8.

A great option for a less expensive but still good quality leather shoe is the Sam Edelman Yaro. They have a slightly higher heel than these, but they’re also very comfortable and look great; I have them in oatmeal suede and the jute fabric. And there are plenty of other similar styles around at various price points. Target even has a pair in a faux suede that looks pretty good.

Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Block Heel Sandals in Black Nappa

Because the buttons on my denim jacket are silver, I accessorized with mostly silver jewelry, and I carried a black bag with silver hardware. This satchel is old, but it’s still going strong! It’s so roomy and has just a hint of that edgy vibe that I like so much.

I realize this look may be a bit heavy for some areas of the country this time of year, but it works here in the northeast, and I like the way the white denim jacket lightens up the black jeans.

You may also like my post, 5 Ways to Wear Black Jeans for Summer, and here you can see more ways I’ve worn my white denim jacket.

I love a white denim jacket in the summertime. It's so crisp and fresh, and it works with dresses and jeans and everything in between.

printed top // denim jacket // jeans/option/option (budget option) // shoes (less $$ option/budget option) // satchel (budget option)

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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