How To Wear A Denim Jacket

It’s no secret that I have a serious love for the denim jacket. They’re so classic, come in so many different variations and truly pull any outfit together in a pinch. I’ve been known to add a denim jacket to just about anything to validate purchasing that dress or pretty little top in a store. I love them so much, I had to write a whole blog post about them. I can’t wait to share with you a ton of different ways you can wear the beloved denim jacket.

What Can You Wear With A Denim Jacket


Just kidding…Sort of..A jean jacket really is the perfect third piece to an outfit. It pulls looks together by adding that extra layer. Truly, there isn’t anything I’ve found that you CAN’T wear a denim jacket with. Okay, maybe a ballgown, but honestly, that would still be a cool juxtaposition kinda vibe that I could totally get behind.

Personally I love to wear a denim jacket with my black jeans or any other non denim pants. In the summertime, a jean jacket goes great over a dress or romper. You can always do double denim too, also known as the Canadian Tuxedo. The thing I love most about a denim jacket though is how easily it dresses up or down an outfit. If you have a fancy dress, just add a denim jacket and some sneakers, and you’ve instantly transformed your work dress into a weekend dress.

The same goes for a really casual, lazy outfit. Adding a denim jacket makes your sweatpants feel like a cool street style outfit and not like you just rolled out of bed. The versatility of a denim jacket is why it is so great. And once you have a few different styles in your closet, you can mix up all sorts of denim jacket outfits.

How To Dress Up A Denim Jacket

A denim jacket definitely emits that laid back cool girl vibe. But I think you can totally wear a jean jacket and feel more dressed up with a few tips. Pair it with a pencil skirt or shift dress to make it feel more business casual. You can also drape it over your shoulders (we call this the blogger cape!) and it feels more like a style moment than just throwing on a jean jacket. And just like any outfit, adding heels can really transform a look.

Different Jean Jacket Styles

There’s a reason why I own 5 different jean jackets. They’re ALL different. It’s sort of like having those different white tees, each one has a different look, fit and style. If you wear a denim jacket a lot, you probably have a few styles too. But if you’re just dipping your toe into the denim jacket trend, you may want to start with the staples first.

Personally, I think everyone should own a more fitted, medium or dark wash, jean jacket. One that is flattering, feels comfortable and has a bit of stretch in it. You can wear this style with just about everything. Dresses, jeans, trousers, skirts, sweatpants. Seriously. Everything. You can also go for ones that have a little distressing in them, but if you want to get the MOST use out of them, you’ll want to stick to one that doesn’t have any major holes in it. Below are a few favorite classic blue denim jackets you can wear for years to come.


Once you have your first denim jacket, you can start expanding. Oversized boyfriend denim jackets are great for that cool street style look. They’re great paired over girly springy dresses. I also love my oversized denim jacket for traveling. It’s perfect with leggings and is roomy enough to add a sweatshirt underneath it too.


Adding a colored denim jacket is also really fun, especially if you’re not into regular ol denim! You can choose a black denim jacket or a white one which is always nice for summer. I even have a floral printed one and a blush one. There are so many color options to choose from that you can definitely find something that suits your personal style.

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How To Wear A Denim Jacket 6 Different Ways

Denim Jackets With Summer Dresses

Anytime I head out of the house in a summer dress, I almost always grab a denim jacket. Especially if it’s night time. Perfect for when the sun goes down and it gets a tad cooler. You can also tie it around your waist to create some shape too. Or if you’re just getting warm, it’s a great solution that also looks good!

Doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a mini dress, maxi, or midi, a denim jacket, especially a classic fit one that hits at the waist, is super flattering. It helps to create a shape in some of those more flowy dresses.

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Jumpsuits & Rompers

Just like with my favorite dresses, I treat my rompers and jumpsuits the same. It’s a great added layer. You can choose an oversized denim jacket for a more casual look like I did with this black lace romper. It dressed it down a bit which is a great way to extend more of your closet. , Or a classic dark wash one that’s more fitted that paired perfectly with my spring floral jumpsuit.

Denim Jackets With Fall Dresses

The one season you really can’t wear a denim jacket in is winter. It’s just too cold. But fall is a great time to transition those sweater dresses and winter dresses into the season. I love to add a denim jacket to sweater dresses to give them shape. Or even to winter floral dresses (like I did here with booties). A denim jacket really helps to dress things down and they go perfectly with all those winter dresses in the fall!

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Jean Jackets With Midi Skirts

This became one of my go-to outfits and I just love how pulled together it looks. You can also swap out the sneaker for a sandal or heel which would instantly dress this up. Perfect for a dressier look that could work for casual Friday in the office or dinner with friends.

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Denim Jackets With Summer Linen Shorts

Come summer, I live in shorts. Usually denim ones too. Which is usually when I add a fun colored denim jacket or printed one. But when I grab my linen shorts, or black, white denim options, I love adding a blue jean denim jacket.

With Non-Denim Bottoms

You can totally do denim on denim (the Canadian tuxedo) but personally, I love mixing my khakis, black jeans and even joggers with a denim jacket.

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Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 3.16.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    LOVE this! You’re inspiring me to break out my denim jacket and wear it way more often!

    xo Laura Leigh

  2. 3.16.20
    Alicia said:

    I love to wear my denim jacket with dresses in the spring and summer, I agree that with sneakers and a denim jacket, you can dress down for a backyard party! I bought my first denim jacket when I was about to graduate university and thought $80 was a lot of money (I was broke AF), but my bf (now husband) convinced me to buy it and I still wear it!

  3. 3.16.20
    Rachel said:

    Denim jackets are a must for any time of the year! They go with everythingggggg and last forever. I love styling mine with dresses!


  4. 3.16.20
    Karly said:

    LOVE this! I live in my denim jacket, and I agree that there are few outfits that a denim jacket doesn’t complete. It’s the ultimate closet staple!

    P.S. I can’t believe how different you look with long hair!


  5. 3.17.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I don’t have a denim jacket right now but all of your looks definetly made me want to shop for one! YAY

    Lisa |

    • 3.17.20
      Jessica said:

      Oh man you need one! They’re an essential in my closet

  6. 3.19.20

    So many great options, thanks for sharing! Love a classic denim jacket with dresses or an oversized version paired with something fitted!