I’ve worn denim jackets in 2 recent episodes of the Top 20, one being just last week at the Second Harvest Food Bank. And it got me thinking how often I lean on them. While I’ve given away a lot of the styles I worn on TV throughout the years as they’ve gone out of style, I think I still have all of the denim jackets! That’s saying a lot. Denim jackets never go out of style-reason #1 why I think you should add them to your wardrobe. I’m going to tell you why I love this denim go-to and what I think you should look for when buying one. But first, here’s what you don’t need in a denim jacket–a high price. The one in the picture above is from Old Navy. It’s my own jacket and I probably paid no more than $30-40 for it a couple of years ago. There are plenty of affordable ones that do what a great jacket should–flatter you, fit your shape and pull together the look.
Here’s why I love ’em:
1) I never wear sleeveless shirts alone, so if I do wear one, there’s going to be a jacket over. We all have things about ourselves that we don’t want to draw attention to and for me, it’s my arms. I don’t show them. I’ll work in the yard or go jogging in sleeveless, but that’s about it! So jackets are a must for me and the one that pretty much goes with everything, except really fancy garments, is denim. You can’t say that about too many things, so it leads the pack in versatility.
2) “Being over dressed is far worse than being under dressed”-a quote from a huge fashion influence on me, my chaperone when I was Miss Mississippi, Jenny Akers. Denim jackets help you look in style & pulled together, but like you didn’t try too hard. Throw a denim jacket on top of a very sparkly, embellished top or dress and you have an ‘I meant to do this’ look that is casually confident without screaming ‘overdressed’.
3) Denim jackets lay well so you never have to worry about clinging. Can’t say that about a knit. It is forgiving and hides a multitude of sins…mainly muffin tops and any bulging from bra straps in the back. And for this alone, I am extremely grateful 🙂 Plus, a layered look is what I like the most when looking back at myself on camera-the lines and the seams add interest and detail to your look while camouflaging any lumps & bumps.
4) They are long lasting, durable, easy to wash AND they keep you warm.
Here’s what I think you need to look for in a denim jacket:
1). Color. I think all choices are great, so pick up a few. Light wash, dark wash, two-tone, distressed, black, gray, white, colors, etc. I think I have ’em all from the years of shoots and shows. Because I wear jackets so often, a girl’s gotta have options!
2) Shape. I go for ones that are on the shorter side. For me, if a denim jacket is too long, it can look boxy and I lose my shape really quickly. If you’re trying to show off your waistline, then go for a shorter one. But if you do want to conceal or cover, choose a longer length. And look for different styles, too. The traditional one is the Levi’s look–collared, breast pockets, buttons down the front, etc. But a blazer type with a notched collar and a one or two button front is a great option. Also, when buying the traditional shape, make sure it has some adjustability at the waist to make the fit more snug or loose.
3. Weight. Get a variety there too, for the season and for different fabric weights of what you have on underneath. I have a light weight, 3/4 length sleeve jacket for summer (I can’t even tell you how old it is!) and then several thicker ones for the cooler months. If you find a good light weight one but it has long sleeves, get it altered. Cut off the cuffs, hem sleeves to 3/4 length or shorter and reattach the cuffs. I’ve done this many times. That way you’re comfortable in the warmer months.
I may have just worn you out about the virtues of the denim jacket, but I can’t say enough about having a few in your wardrobe. Denim is the deal in the jean department, but don’t forget it’s also a work horse for your top half, too 🙂