140 years after being outfitted for men, who worked on railroads and ranches, the denim jacket is still widely considered as protective outerwear. Despite its rugged and handsome appearance, fashionable men worry that wearing a jean jacket is ‘costumey’ and comes off as dressing for miners and cowboys. You know better; when you wear a denim jacket, and if worn properly, it comes off as an incredible fashion piece.
As far as casual dressing is concerned, denim is top of the crop. This makes the denim jacket reliable menswear that matches more dress codes than you could possibly imagine. That being said, you don’t always have to rock your denim jacket with jeans. This cool material matches perfectly with many different outfits.
Your denim jacket is a prized possession, one to be cherished above others. It can go on a number of looks, regardless of the period in time. This makes it a timeless piece of fashion. But before you can rock this menswear the proper way, you should understand the various styles behind wearing this beautiful clothing. Here is a useful styling guide to ease your transition into the denim jacket.
Choosing the Right Denim Jacket
If you’re thinking about buying some denim jackets, there are a couple of things you need to think about. Actually, there are two factors that determine the quality of a denim jacket: the fit and the color. Let’s have a look at both, shall we:
Selecting the right fit can be a tricky decision. Without research, you could end up buying denim jackets that don’t fit your personality. You see, denim jackets come in many shapes and silhouettes, meaning you have endless choices. Loose and oversized designs are great if you want to create a relaxed look; however, fitted designs look sharper. Here are some tips to help you choose the right fitted denim jacket:
- It can be buttoned all the way up without inconvenience.
- Fits over very thick tops
- Bottom hems should stop at the hip (for a shorter jacket); bottom hems shouldn’t exceed the middle of your fly (for longer jackets)
- Ends of sleeves can exceed the wrist but should stop underneath the thumb creases.
- Can cross and swing arms comfortably when wearing a jacket.
Denim jackets come in a variety of colors. This makes them very fashionable clothing. You don’t need every color of a denim jacket (except you can afford them all). Regardless of the colors, denim jackets are all very casual; however dark shades looked ‘fancier’ while lighter shades are the most ‘casual’. A medium shade hangs in the balance and is usually the best pick. Here is a range of colors to choose from:
- Blue: This is the most classic and versatile color of denim jackets. If you need something super casual or wear in the summer, opt for light blue. Choose dark blue for a smarter look and for colder months.
- Black: An alternative for leather jackets, black denim jackets can work as smart casual outfits. They can match just about any outfit, but work best on an all-black outfit.
- White and Grey: Not as common as blue and black denim jackets, white and grey jackets are just as stylish. They’re super contemporary and unique. As always, whatever you wear, wear it with confidence.
5 Unique Ways to Rock Your Denim Jacket
Now that you’ve chosen some nice denim jackets, you can now style them with many other outfits. Here are some unique ways you can rock your denim jacket:
Well, this is a no-brainer. Denim jackets and T-shirts are basically the perfect combinations. They look good together, especially when paired with different styles of pants and shoes. You can choose to wear a denim jacket with a plain tee; this makes your whole appearance stylishly minimalistic. On the other hand, striped or printed-design shirts add more intrigue to your overall outfit.
White Tees are also a good match with denim jackets, but it all depends on finding the perfect white tee. You’ll want something that isn’t too slim or baggy; a round neck cotton shirt might just do the trick.
Shun any menswear blogger that writes this combination off as ‘extra’. A hoodie worn with a denim jacket is a match made in heaven. Why, because their low-key feel and staple material makes them complementary. They fit in perfectly.
That being said, you don’t want to overdo this combination. Keep the colors of your hoodies neutral and ensure that the denim jacket overlaps them. Avoid overly bright colors and stick to cooler colors like white or grey.
This allows you to rock your denim jacket like a tailored blazer. Overcoats or topcoats blend perfectly with denim jackets but you must ensure they’re slim fitting. To achieve the perfect fit, have your denim jacket narrow-necked so it doesn’t run into your coat’s lapels. Give it a try; don’t be afraid to mix things up. With overcoats, you can rock a denim jacket both formally and casually.
Double denim combination works well if they are of ‘distinct shades’. Yes, you can splice jeans however you want; they just need to be of distinct shades. To that effect, black and blue denim is pretty hard to beat. Black jean allows blue (white or grey) colored denim jacket stand out in an outfit. Give it a try and you’ll see how well they combine.
True, denim jackets aren’t exactly sportswear material. But they do provide a solid structure that offsets the smoothness of joggers. Denim jackets aren’t jerseys so they save you the trouble of going full tracksuit. With the right footwear, you can have a casual appearance without looking too ‘athletic-ish’.
Variety of Shoes
Can’t have a complete outfit without footwear, can you? So what types of footwear can we wear with our denim jackets, well, almost all? The most obvious choice would be sneakers, but there are many other options. You can rock denim jackets on boots, brogues, loafers, Oxfords, and many more.
So do yourself a favor and wear a denim jacket. Denim jackets are full of style. There are many ways to wear them and many ways to step up your game. As a fashionable man, this is definitely a piece of clothing you should have in your wardrobe. For ideas on ways to step up your game, which includes wearing denim as one of them, check out this recent article. Wear a denim jacket, go out and kill it you tiger you!
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