13 Jean Jackets to Invest In Now and Wear Year-Round

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

A denim jacket is a tried-and-true staple that deserves its rightful space in everyone's closet. I'm not afraid to admit that I have a rotating collection of styles hanging in my closet, from a cropped trucker to a dark acid-wash to a oversized light-wash jacket—the list goes on and on. A jean jacket is that piece. The one so versatile that it won't be tucked away when seasons change and can adapt into new looks as your style evolves (these are our favorite denim jacket outfits to take inspo from).

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 look. While your denim look will never be as iconic as Britney and Justin circa 2001, take a look at our all-time favorite jean jackets, below. One of these picks will soon be your new forever favorite.

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Acid Wash Denim Jacket
Courtesy of Norma Kamali
Norma Kamali matchesfashion.com
$125.00

Bring the '80s back with this oversized, acid-wash jean jacket. Keep up the retro vibes by layering your favorite turtleneck underneath it, plus a pair of faux leather leggings

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Mirah Cropped Acid Wash Denim Jacket
Courtesy of Ag Denim
AG Jeans saksfifthavenue.com
$245.00

For a relaxed-yet-polished look, pair your favorite summer maxi with this cropped denim jacket. 

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Icon Denim Jacket
Gap
gap gap.com
$54.99

Our deputy editor loves this jacket so much, she wrote an entire article about it. "The jacket has the all-important Very First Spot in my closet because I reach for it—I'd estimate—once a week. I wear it winter, spring, summer, and fall. I wear it to the office, over cocktail dresses, with minis, maxis, shorts, and pants," she says.

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The Classic
Classic Denim Jacket
Courtesy of J.Crew
J.Crew jcrew.com
$110.00

Keep it simple with a classic denim jacket that pairs with all of your favorite worn-in tees.

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One Shoulder Denim Jacket
Courtesy of rTA
RtA farfetch.com
$450.00

Try this effortless, asymmetrical off-the-shoulder look buttoned up.

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Logo Print Denim Jacket
Courtesy of Off White
Off-White farfetch.com
$680.00

Don't shy away from color.  Wear a bright red denim jacket with matching denim shorts for an off-duty summer look that is total fire.

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Belted Denim Jacket
Courtesy of 7 for All Mankind
7 For All Mankind mytheresa.com
$156.00

This belted denim jacket  gives an ultra flattering shape to a utilitarian denim style. It's the perfect one-and-done top for any crisp fall day.

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Patchwork Denim Jacket
Courtesy of Heron Preston
Heron Preston farfetch.com
$668.00

This patchwork denim jacket does the talking. Style it over boho dresses or with standout leather pants.

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Organic Denim Jacket
Courtesy of Slvrlake
SLVRLAKE net-a-porter.com
$400.00

A white denim coast is a trusty transitional outerwear option. Throw it over anything and everything—from slip dresses to jeans to pleated skirts.

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The Modern Jean Jacket
Courtesy of Everlane
Everlane everlane.com
$88.00

This is your got-jacket denim jacket for Saturday morning coffee runs. Layer it over a hoodie and joggers for a full-on athleisure look.

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The Denim Blazer
Decorative-Button Belted Jacket
Courtesy
Balmain farfetch.com
$1,528.00

Lest we forget about the denim that doubles as a blazer, a.k.a. your new work staple.

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The Broad Shoulder Jacket
Kelsey Denim Jacket
Courtesy
R13 shopbop.com
$895.00

This structured denim jacket is tailored for all your '80s shoulder-pad fantasies. Wear with bright high-waisted trousers and an ab-baring bralette for a updated retro look.  

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Take It To The Edge
Oversized Studded Denim Jacket in Charcoal Wash
Courtesy
MICHAEL Michael Kors bloomingdales.com
$250.00

What a stud!! Clearly, this jacket is the fun one in the group. Chuck it over a floral dress to sass up an otherwise sweet look.

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