Of course we know that denim is the staple for casual looks for your legs, but wearing it on your top half might make you think of cowboys. Worn right, denim jackets and shirts can add a rugged element to your style, while the material is also extremely durable. Added to that, they’re a great piece for transitioning between seasons and layering, so they’re a versatile pairing too.
How to Wear a Denim Jacket
The beauty of a denim jacket or shirt is that it will retain its integrity for years to come. You are more likely to get bored of wearing it before it needs throwing away. Although it seems as American as apple pie, denim actually has its origins in Renaissance Europe, although where specifically is unclear. Nimes seems a good bet as it explains the term ‘denim’ – derived from ‘de Nimes’ or ‘from Nimes.’
The denim jacket started as a way of re-purposing old scraps from jean manufacturing, and from these casual beginnings we have a very casual item. However, the denim jacket is a staple piece that has more to offer than casualwear. Have a go at wearing your denim jacket under a black overcoat for a smarter twist for example. Let’s start off with a quick and easy tutorial on some introductory styling options.
It’s true that the denim jacket does fall in and out of favour. What was in during the 90s felt a bit unloved at the start of the millennium. Nonetheless, the casual number has certainly made quite a comeback – pretty much screaming East London cool casual. Wearing a nice cable knit jumper underneath your jacket and pair of tan ankle boots will give a touch of urban to a Western classic.
The cut should sit around the waist – too long and it looks like an untucked shirt, too short and it will look feminine. A denim jacket isn’t going to yield or stretch much over time so it’s best to get the fit spot-on at purchase; it should have the same slimming effect as a sports jacket.
If buttoning up your jacket/shirt look to streamline the rest of your outfit, baggy jeans or big trainers won’t work, it is better to opt for slim trousers and smart, slender shoes.
Light blue, the colour of ‘working jeans’, is the staple. Darker blues make the jacket a little smarter, and you can find coloured denims, although vibrant colour reduces the jacket’s versatility. What really matters is that the colour palette of the denim jacket isn’t certainly limited to different shades of blue.
Grey Denim Jacket
Grey denim and as a consequence, grey denim jackets are a great alternative to black. We often find ourselves wearing the same kind of jeans over and over and it can get quite monotonous. With a grey jacket you can switch things up a bit and add a nice touch of light to your outfits. Grey is as versatile as black which guarantees versatility for your styling combinations.
Dark Denim Jacket
If you’re looking for something less casual than a light blue denim jacket, a raw denim jacket is what you need. A darker shade of blue is the perfect companion for your early autumn outfits. Whilst light blue is more appropriate for spring/summer, a dark denim jacket will allow you to create looks more suitable for the colder months. Wear your dark denim jacket over a check shirt with a pair of relaxed fit jeans for the ultimate lumberjack look.
However, if you’re looking for a dressier combination, pair your dark denim jacket with a dress shirt and a pair of black trousers. Add a pair patent black formal shoes and you’ll be channelling a charming and rebellious psych-rock vibe.
Black Denim Jacket
A men’s black denim jacket can be a great alternative to a black blazer for a smart-casual occasion. This is a great alternative to a black leather jacket. The versatility of black will allow you to match your jacket with just about anything in your wardrobe. However, a mens black denim jacket will play a great part in an all black outfit. Elevate your jacket with a black or white shirt and a pair of black jeans for a more refined double denim effect. Top everything off with a pair of black formal shoes and you’re good to go.