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How to Make a Denim Jacket Your Year-Round Uniform

Wear Mon-Fri, wash, repeat.

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A denim jacket is a tried-and-true staple that deserves its rightful space in every closet. I'm not afraid to admit that I have a rotating collection of jean jacket styles, from a cropped trucker to a dark acid-wash to a oversized light wash. A jean jacket is that piece. The one so versatile that it isn't tucked away when seasons change and can adapt into new looks as your style evolves. Add a classic blue-wash over your shoulders on a summer night to combat the blasting A/C, layer your favorite knits under an oversized loose-fitting jacket for an effortlessly cool fall look, or go with bright denim and coordinating pants for a monochromatic outfit. While we may never reach the denim heights of Britney and Justin circa 2001, we sure can try. Ahead, 15 of our favorite denim jackets that will soon be your new forever favorite.

london, england   september 18 a guest wearing skirt with slit, denim jacket, fendi bag is seen outside natasha zinko during london fashion week september 2018 on september 18, 2018 in london, england photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Denim and Leather

Swap out your over-worn blazer for a structured denim jacket. The tailored silhouette will instantly give your outfit an elevated yet laid-back feel.

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Alamo Denim Jacket
Slvrlake farfetch.com
$625.00
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paris, france   october 06 a guest wears sunglasses, a pale blue denim jacket, a white dress with mesh and floral embroidery, black tights, a black prada bag, white pointy shoes, outside miu miu, during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2021, on october 06, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Wear The Classics

When you have nothing to wear, lean on wardrobe staples. Pair a white mini dress with a pair of semi-sheer tights and a light wash jean jacket. These classic pieces will never fail you.

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Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket
Levi levi.com
$98.00
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new york, ny   september 10 a guest wearing sheer top, denim jacket seen in the streets of manhattan outside prabal gurung during new york fashion week on september 10, 2017 in new york city photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Denim and Mesh

You likely already own this timeless silhouette, so give this no-fuss denim jacket a more edgy feel. Layer a sleek mesh bodysuit over a bralette and dig out a vintage mini-skirt for a head turning denim-on-denim look.

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Vika Denim Jacket
DL1961 shopbop.com
$199.00
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Go Neutral

Break away from the typical blue jean jackets. This beige set is a fresh take on the classic blue wash. Pair with other earth tones like this bucket hat and heeled sandals for a head-to-toe neutral look.

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Oversized Denim Jacket
Mango mango.com
$59.99
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Wear With A Maxi

Bring the '80s back with a black, oversized, acid-wash denim jacket. Keep the styling cool and relaxed by layering your favorite maxi underneath with a pair of chunky sneakers.

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Dad XL Jacket
Topshop asos.com
£35.99
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With A Skirt

For a casual but still put-together look, grab your favorite A-line skirt and pair it with a cropped denim jacket to break up the length.

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Oversized Jean Jacket
UTNISAN amazon.com
$33.99
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berlin, germany   may 05 alyssa cordes wearing fabienne chapot jeans combi, new balance sneaker and topshop white shirt on may 05, 2020 in berlin, germany photo by jeremy moellergetty images
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Matchy Matchy

Don't shy away from color. Instead, find a monochromatic set that will make a statement. Wear a bright denim jacket with matching jeans for a off-duty summer look.

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Denim Jacket
H&M hm.com
$39.99
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stockholm, sweden   august 30 a guest wearing denim jacket, midi skirt, white boots, pink bag during stockholm runway ss19 on august 30, 2018 in stockholm, sweden photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Classic to a T

Keep it simple with a timeless white tee. When the transition from winter to spring feels like a drag, you'll have this classic denim to look forward to—always.

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Oversized Denim Jacket
Justalwart amazon.com
$41.99
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paris, france   october 04 a model wears a floral print face mask, a blue denim jacket, a gray wool hoodie sweater, sportswear pants, sneakers shoes, a backpack, outside paco rabanne, during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2021, on october 04, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Comfy Cozy

The ultimate put-together airport look. Throw an oversized denim jacket over your matching sweat-set to give the look a bit more definition and you're onto your next destination.

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Women's Boyfriend Denim
KAMA BRIDAL amazon.com
$26.99
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Cinch The Waist

This cinched-waist jacket with roomy sleeves gives an ultra flattering shape to utilitarian denim. A perfect one-and-done top for any crisp fall day.

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Belted Cotton-Denim Jacket
MSGM www.matchesfashion.com
$585.00
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copenhagen, denmark   august 11 a guest is seen wearing white cropped top, denim jacket and jeans outside samsøe  samsøe during copenhagen fashion week springsummer 2021 on august 11, 2020 in copenhagen, denmark photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Bare Your Abs

Let us not forget about the denim that doubles as a blazer. Wear with coordinating high-waisted trousers and an ab-baring bralette for a fresh look.

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Isabel Marant Etoile Lucinda Jacket
Isabel Marant Etoile shopbop.com
$472.50
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london, england   september 15 jeanette friis madsen is seen wearing denim jeans, checkered cropped jacket outside david koma during london fashion week september 2019 on september 15, 2019 in london, england photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Patchwork

Let the jacket do the talking. Show off a little personality with this patchwork denim jacket. Pair with wide-leg denim trousers and baby blue bag to keep it monochromatic.

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The Ragged Priest Destiny Patchwork Denim Jacket
Urban Outfitters www.urbanoutfitters.com
$110.00
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london, england   september 14 a guest wears sunglasses, a blue denim jacket, a white skirt, sneakers, a blue chanel bag with fluffy and denim parts, during london fashion week september 2019 on september 14, 2019 in london, england photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Over A Slip

When the days start getting warmer and you're not ready to sacrifice your sleeves, that's where a oversized denim jacket comes in handy. Throw it over everything you own, from slip dresses to jeans and a knit.

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Karma Oversized Jacket
Ksubi freepeople.com
$215.00
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augsburg, germany   may 31 karin teigl wearing prada bag, bottega veneta heels, isabel marant jacket, monki shirt and zara pants on may 31, 2020 in augsburg, germany photo by jeremy moellergetty images
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Black and White

It's as simple as black and white. When in doubt, go reach for your classic black and white pieces. This black denim jacket pairs perfectly with black flare trousers and a crisp white tee.

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BZB Women's Boyfriend Denim Jacket
BZB amazon.com
$46.89
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milan, italy   february 22 gala gonzalez wears a blue denim jacket with shoulder pads, a white turtleneck pullover, blue denim pants, cowboy boots, a bag, outside philosophy, during milan fashion week fallwinter 2020 2021 on february 22, 2020 in milan, italy photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Structured Shoulders

This structured denim jacket is tailored for all your '80s shoulder pad fantasies.

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Ada Denim Jacket
Retrofete shopbop.com
$295.00
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