How to Make a Denim Jacket Your New Spring Uniform

Wear Mon–Fri, wash, repeat.

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The jean jacket has come a long way from the one your mother bought you in middle school, and if you know how to wear it right, it's quite literally the only jacket you'll need. With its versatility and ultimate cool-girl style (as displayed on these celebs, ahead), you'll have no problem wearing it three days in a row (hey, no judgement here). Peruse our favorite ways to wear, and be reminded of why you fell in love with the denim jacket in the first place.

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Keep It Cropped

For a baggy-but-still-in-tact look, grab a pair of high-waisted jeans and pair them with a cropped trucker denim jacket to make a statement.

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Annie Cropped Jacket
DL1961
$229.00
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Dress It Up

Embellished denim is the fun one in the friend group. Throwing it over a maxi made for spring adds some grit.

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Embellished Military Denim Jacket
Free People
$119.95
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Blackout

Let us not forget about the denim that doubles as a blazer, which is now your new office staple.

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Oversized Jean Jacket
Madewell Madewell
$128.00
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Layered Up

When layering feels like a second job, sometimes all you want to do is throw on a pullover. Take it to the next level by adding some denim over it and you've miraculously become a street style star overnight.

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Oversized Denim Jacket
Topshop Nordstrom
$90.00
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Roll It Up

When spring feels more like summer, all it takes is a bralette, a pair of leggings, and a roll up of the sleeves for a fresh take on the denim style.

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Frayed Denim Jacket
Rejina Pyo Net-a-Porter
$520.00
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Light Wash Wonder

Forget any rule you've ever heard about mixing light and dark wash denim. See Kendall Jenner's day-to-night style for proof.

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Studded Light Wash Denim Moto Jacket
Understated Leather Free People
$375.00
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Off the Shoulder

Denim has never looked cooler with this effortless off-the-shoulder look. The trick to keeping it from sliding off? Enclose one button on the bottom and leave the rest open to show off your florals.

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Pilcro Classic Denim Jacket
Anthropologie
$140.00
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Pair It with Shorts

When it finally hits 70 degrees and you're still not ready to sacrifice your sleeves, here's where the denim comes in handy—light enough to block out sweat, heavy enough to keep you warm from the extra breeze.

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Lightwash Denim Jacket
H&M
$22.99
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The Classic

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

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Classic Denim Jacket
J.Crew
$110.00
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Hello, Sherpa

Suddenly it's 50 degrees again, and now you're doing the most in a sherpa denim jacket.

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Baggy Sherpa Trucker Jacket
Levi's Free People
$128.00
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The Half Shoulder

We call this the half shoulder—not totally off, not totally on, and just the right length to style any outfit, including this t-shirt dress. Finding outerwear that matches the length of your main piece allows for a cleaner, polished look.

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Ilonna Long Denim Jacket
Need Supply Co.
$88.99
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Coming Up Roses

Just when you thought you had it all figured out, here's your reminder that your favorite material makes its way across the Pantone spectrum. Button it up and pull out the collar to make it the main attraction.

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Annie Cropped Jacket
DL1961
$199.00
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The Toss Up

Hello, and welcome to the latest addition of spring jacket accessorizing. Read: not actually using it as a jacket.

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BDG Classic Denim Trucker Jacket
BDG Urban Outfitters
$79.00
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Dive Into Denim

You may never replicate Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001, but you sure can try.

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Denim Tie Waist Coat
Ganni Farfetch
$369.59
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Patched Up

Never has there been a better way to show off a little personality. Let the jacket do the talking and accessorize it with the cool-girl patches of your dreams like Gigi Hadid does here.

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Oversized Patch Trucker Jean Jacket
RE/DONE Saks Fifth Avenue
$695.00
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Lazy Girl Cool

Pairing your favorite jacket with a t-shirt and sweatpants is just what your wardrobe called for on a Saturday morning coffee run.

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The Vintage Dark Blue Wash
Everlane
$88.00
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Take It to the Edge

When the denim quite literally becomes the outfit, a style with a little personality—whether it's prints or patches—is a must.

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Disney Printed Denim Jacket
Rag & Bone Net-a-Porter
$175.00
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