Wardrobe Staple: The Denim Jacket


The denim jacket is a versatile and comfortable wardrobe staple that every woman needs in her closet. It’s one of those very practical pieces that not only can be worn throughout all the different seasons but pairs well with absolutely everything! Whether you’re styling it with jeans, dresses, pants, or activewear, the possibilities are endless, not to mention that is the perfect transitional weather layer.

I love denim jackets so much that besides the classic version I also own a black one which I find to be a great alternative to my leather jacket when the temps are a bit too high for that. Annnnd because I find them so practical, I went a step further and last year got two fleece lined ones for added warmth. I honestly don’t travel without one and definitely consider it one of my ultimate wardrobe staples. Just think about the many different ways you can wear it: with tights and a tee when you go to the gym or your yoga/spinning class, over a summer dress on chilly mornings or nights, layered under a coat in Fall…plus, it adds an effortless-cool and laid-back vibe to any outfit you pair it with.

For those of you who still don’t own a denim jacket here are 3 main factors to consider when looking for the perfect one:

  1. Budget. What’s your budget? Once you determine how much you’re willing to spend then you can narrow down the options and where to find them.
  2. Style. If your style is more classic, a traditional cut is best for you. On the other hand, an oversized version is great for those whose style is a bit more modern and are looking for that “cool girl” vibe.
  3. Wash. If you’re getting your very first denim jacket I’d strongly suggest going with a medium wash as it is the most versatile one. Pairs just as well with your warm-weather outfits as it does with your Fall and Winter looks.

Below I rounded-up some great options at all price points for you to consider. If you ask for my personal pick I’d say that the one I own from J.Crew is pretty classic and I really like the worn-in look and feel it has. Now, for an oversized style I’d definitely go with this one from Madewell because I love the cut and wash and I’m a big fan of the brand. Now, knowing that we all have different budgets, just make sure that whatever you get feels good on you, that the fabric is not stiff and that you have room enough to layer it.

CLASSIC CUT: J.Crew Classic Denim Jacket ($110 – this is the one I’m wearing, it’s super soft!) | Madewell Jean Jacket in Pinter Wash ($118) | Banana Republic Denim Trucker Jacket ($98.50) | Gap Icon Denim Jacket ($69.95) | Old Navy Denim Jacket ($34) | Old Navy Distressed Denim Jacket ($44) | Gap Soft Wear Denim Jacket ($69.95) | Universal Thread Denim Jacket ($40) |  Everlane The Denim Jacket ($88)

OVERSIZED: Old Navy Boyfriend Denim Jacket ($44) | Gap Oversized Icon Denim Jacket ($54) | Madewell The Oversized Jean Jacket in Wortham Wash ($128 – LOVE this one!) | Wild Fable Trucker Jacket ($32) | Topshop Oversized Denim Jacket (CAD $130)