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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Lest we forget about the denim that doubles as a blazer, a.k.a. your new work staple.
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.
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.
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.
Don't overthink it. Layering your denim over your trusty hoodie is just what your wardrobe called for on a Saturday morning coffee run.