Denim jackets have been a go-to for me since, like, 1984? I haven’t covered mine with buttons these days, but you better believe I lit it up back in the ’80’s.
What do I wear with my denim jacket? Everything. I prefer a blue wash since I wear mostly black or gray jeans. (If you like your blue jeans blue, a lighter denim jacket works great.)
Jean jackets just work because they’re a great weight for most of the year and they add a casual (but structured) touch. They’re perfect with sun dresses, jeans and a tee, jumpsuits, joggers, etc. Being a denim fan in general, it makes sense that this would be my favorite jacket, but I do get particular about what I’m looking for. So I ordered a bunch to try out in person (softness counts!!), and here’s what I found:
American Eagle Star Sleeve Jean Jacket – This star jacket was amazing. It was so super soft and I love the simple star embroidery detail. The two-tone paneling was really nice, too. This is a solid jacket. Fits true to size. Wearing a Small, for reference.
KUT from the Kloth – I really liked this jacket…but it fits small. It’s also really soft and I love a lighter wash for versatility. You can wear it with just about any pair of jeans. I would definitely add this to my closet in a size up. Wearing Small here, for reference.
Free People Double Weave Denim Jacket – This was so great. The sweatshirt lining makes it so comfy to wear and I love the hood for Portland weather. It was a little warmer than I’d want for this time of year and I wasn’t sure about the super raw hem on the back, but a solid choice for sure. Wearing Small, for reference.
The Most Flattering Cut
JCrew Denim Jacket – I loved this one. The wash is even better in person and the fit is so flattering. It is a great length (I’m a little short in the torso, FYI) and just felt nice and structured. It’s not the softest of the bunch if you’re concerned about that, but I love a traditional weight jean jacket and this is it. Wearing a Small.
The Best Wash
Madewell Oversize Denim Jacket – The wash on this was perfect, IMO. The fit was great, too, but I didn’t care for the longer length on me. I do like the oversized look on others though and if you’re looking for that super current fit, this is a great one to try. Wearing size Small.
The ‘Just Ok’s’
Topshop Matilda Denim Jacket – This wasn’t my favorite. It was definitely more of a retro fit and I didn’t care for the blue-er wash. I think it was just too boxy on me to be flattering. Wearing size Small.
BP Ripped Denim Jacket – I liked the softness and fit of this one, but the wash and the distressing weren’t my favorite. If you’re in the market for a super distressed jacket though, this was very comfy. Wearing a Small.
Current Favorite Denim Jackets
Are you a jean jacket fan like me? Have a favorite brand or cut? DO share below in the comments. I asked the TME team what their favorites are – S has an ancient Joe’s denim jacket she loves (this is the closest), but recently started wearing the Abercrombie one featured above and loves it – nice and soft. Scotti actually borrows this one from her hubs (love that), Cams rocks this one in a slightly darker color, Amanda likes things a little less traditional like this denim moto jacket, Jess is all about this Levi’s number for its stretchier fit.
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Until next time…
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