Denim Jacket 411: The Ultimate Piece for Under $100

The hardest working section of your closet is unquestionably denim. But is your outerwear putting in the same overtime as your dungarees? Synonymous with cool-girl street style and versatility, we’re talking about the ubiquitous denim jacket.

It is the ultimate grab and go piece, regardless of what the weather report is claiming. Layer under coats or leather jackets or throw it on over dresses or a t-shirt and jeans. It feels effortless, adds a neutrality to your look (denim reads as a neutral), and beefs up an outfit with some nubby texture. Best of all, it creates a touch of edge.

But, let’s be real here. Not all denim jackets are created equal. No, no, we are not talking the denim jacket you wore through grade school. And we are definitely not talking the form fitted jackets of soccer moms and Britney Spears. Case in point, the time has come to do a double take at your denim line up. Read on for what to look for and my favorite piece for under $100.

Jacket / Stripe Shirt / Stripe Skirt / Cowboy Boots / Sunglasses / Dainty Rings

THE CUT:

Boxy, boy-ish is my go-to fit. Look for an elongated hemline with room to play in the arms and width. This silhouette makes layering fun – the length will stick out of the bottom on leather jackets, gives you room to style sweaters, and lets you zhuzh the arms in new ways (more on that below).

THE WASH:

Choose a true medium to medium dark wash. This feels elevated and crisp, and will go with most color palettes. Save rips and frayed hems for your second purchase, as a more classic denim jacket will take you to work, the bar, and beyond.

HOW TO STYLE IT:

CROSS BUTTON: Create a high asymmetric neckline that hangs slightly longer on one side by taking the top button loop and buttoning it to the farthest button on the opposite side.

CROSS BODY: Think East Coast prepster meets West Coast cool. Instead of tying the jacket around your shoulders, tie it diagonally across your body.

OFF THE SHOULDER: This is the epitome of street style chic right now. Basically make the jacket look like it is falling off. The trick for it to actually stay on? Enclose the second to last button.

THE SHIRKET [Shirt Jacket]: i.e. buttoned to the top. Play with the sleeves to make the look less severe. And yes, double denim is still a thing.

MY PICK:

Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket

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Sidenote: I ordered a size Medium in Groovemarks.

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