Ask Belle: Thoughts on Denim Jackets
Mar 11, 2014
Can you do a post on denim jackets? Are they totally out of style? I own one but I feel a little funny wearing it, like I’m the only one who didn’t get the memo about them being uncool. What do you think?
Thank you, Sam
Remember that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when the Knight tells Indy that “he must choose, but choose wisely”? Denim jackets are like that. If you choose the right one, something fitted, in the right color, they’re a classic. Choose wrong and you’ll wind up dressed like a hipster who shops at J.Crew and enjoys a slightly acid-wash 80s throwback.
I don’t wear my dark-wash denim jacket very often. Mostly I carry it in the summer for extra warmth on chilly evenings. Sometimes I pair it with a flirty sundress or wear it over a flowing maxi. With a dark wash and a fitted silhouette, this Hilfiger jacket is a nice choice.
I also found this slightly lighter wash Jag Jeans denim jacket (also available in petite). On the designer side, I like this AG jacket. For a cheap thrill, this Old Navy jacket comes in regular, petite and tall. Plus-size women should check out this Lucky Brand jacket on sale for under-$40.
In my opinion, denim jackets should only be worn with casual clothing. I sometimes see women pairing their denim jackets with black trousers or pencil skirts, and it always looks a bit disjointed to me. But this is more of a personal preference than a hard and fast rule. However you choose to wear your denim jacket, it does take some styling to make it look good. So don’t just throw it on over something and hope for the best.