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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—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. 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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1
Dark Acid Wash
Harmon oversized convertible acid-wash denim jacket
Courtesy
Isabel Marant Étoile net-a-porter.com
$340.00

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

2
Keep It Cropped
Denim Shrunken Trucker Jacket
Courtesy
Asos DESIGN us.asos.com
$48.00

For a baggy-but-still-intact look, grab your favorite summer maxi and pair it with a cropped denim trucker jacket to break up the length.

3
Matchy Matchy
Denim cotton jacket
Courtesy
Mango mango.com
$39.99

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

4
The Boxy Crop
The Boxy-Crop Jean Jacket
Courtesy
Madewell madewell.com
$128.00

The trick for the effortless off-the-shoulder look? Do up one button at the bottom of a boxy denim jacket and leave the rest open to show off your summery floral dresses.

5
The Classic
Classic denim jacket in brilliant day wash
J.Crew jcrew.com
$110.00

Keep it simple with the 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.

6
The Cinched Waist
Selected Femme Tie Waist Denim Jacket with Balloon Sleeves
Selected us.asos.com
$107.50

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.

7
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.

8
Patched Up
Patchwork Denim Printed Cotton and Silk-Blend Jacket
Courtesy
Loewe net-a-porter.com
$625.00

Let the jacket do the talking. Show off a little personality with this patchwork denim jacket. Wear over boho dresses or with standout leather pants like these two-toned ones here

9
The Lightweight
Charli Oversize Jacket
Courtesy
AGOLDE nordstrom.com
$198.00

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

10
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.  

11
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.

12
Layer Up
The Denim Jacket
Courtesy
Everlane everlane.com
$88.00

Don't overthink it. Layering your denim over your trusty hoodie is just what your wardrobe called for on a Saturday morning coffee run.

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