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Jean Jackets to Invest In Now and Wear Year-Round

I want them all.

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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Dark Acid Wash
Harmon oversized convertible acid-wash denim jacket
Isabel Marant Étoile net-a-porter.com
$340.00 (17% off)

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

Keep It Cropped
Denim Shrunken Trucker Jacket
Asos DESIGN us.asos.com

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.

Matchy Matchy
Denim cotton jacket
Mango mango.com

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.

The Boxy Crop
The Boxy-Crop Jean Jacket
Madewell madewell.com

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Denim Blazer
Decorative-Button Belted Jacket
Balmain farfetch.com

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

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

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

The Lightweight
Charli Oversize Jacket
AGOLDE nordstrom.com

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. 

The Broad Shoulder Jacket
Kelsey Denim Jacket
R13 shopbop.com

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.  

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

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.

Layer Up
The Denim Jacket
Everlane everlane.com

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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