Denim jackets are one of the ultimate wardrobe staples — a necessity, a classic. They’re timeless, they’re comfortable, they’re unisex, and they’re endlessly versatile. You can throw a great denim jacket over just about anything for an instant dose of cool. They’re laid back enough to wear during the day — over your workout outfit, out to coffee, while running errands, etc. But they also have the ability to make a more dressed up, nighttime outfit more effortless and relaxed. Think of the denim jacket as the softer, maybe even cooler alternative to leather jackets

Wondering what to wear with a jean jacket? A few of our go-to brands for all things denim include Citizens of Humanity, AGOLDE and 3×1 Denim. You can’t go wrong with a denim jacket from one of these powerhouses of blue.

There are so many great styles of denim jackets to choose from — black, oversized, cropped, faded, printed, white, and so forth. One can never have too many denim jackets. Once you’ve stocked your wardrobe with your favorites, you may be left wondering how to wear them. 

Here, a few of our favorite denim jacket outfit ideas ahead.

Jean Jacket Outfits

How to style a denim jacket with a dress

We love to dress up, and we especially love to do so with a bit of an added cool factor. An easy solution? Pair a silky slip dress with ankle boots or a great pair of sandals and a fitted, feminine denim jacket. We love black with blue, but a brightly colored silk slip dress can add an extra style punch. This is a great look for date nights, happy hours, and family gatherings. It’s also seasonless — throw on a pair of tights and you’ve got a great outfit for winter. It goes without saying that this look is perfect for springtime dates with your best friends and summer barbeques.

How to pull off denim on denim

Think monotone and mono-fabric. We love wearing jeans, so why not pull a Canadian tuxedo? For this look, choose a classic cigarette jean, pair it with a white or black T-shirt, and throw on a jacket in a similar (or different) tone. You can also do this look in all black, or all white, for an even more clean look.

How to wear stripes with a denim jacket

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Think sailing in Greece during the summer. Pair a denim jacket with a skirt or jeans and a striped shirt. It’s a super classic, unisex look, and it never disappoints. We prefer horizontal stripes to vertical for this look, but either works.

How to wear a black denim jacket with black

Going to gallery openings? Dinner? A no-fail look for such occasions is all black — try this great button-down, guys, with a black denim jacket. Black is the new black, and this seasonless look is a bit mysterious while still being relaxed and comfortable. It’s a more mature denim jacket look, and it’s totally unisex.

How to wear a denim jacket to work

Whether you’re heading to a lunch meeting, getting dressed for another day at the office, or working from home and want to dress for your role, denim can absolutely work for work. How? By pairing a denim jacket with trousers, a button-down for a polished yet casual vibe, and a pair of leather ankle boots.  

How to style a denim jacket from workouts to weekends

Headed to the gym and then out to errands? Choose some amazing, colorful activewear from our collection, throw on a bit of mascara, make a messy ponytail, and then make the look suitable for run-ins with a denim jacket. This one has a bit of an unexpected cut, which elevates the outfit. It’s a super laid back, comfortable, and adorable look.

So there you have it. From the gym to the office to nights out, denim jackets can literally be worn to just about any event, on any day, during any season. Layer a denim jacket with a hoodie for an extra layer of warmth in the winter (let the hood hang out over the back of the jacket), and roll the sleeves up during the summer. Stock your wardrobe with a few denim jackets, and you’ll be prepared for effortlessly cool dressing year-round.

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