Forget the LBD. Everyone Needs a DJ. Denim Jacket that is.

The DJ. That would be the absolutely essential denim jacket. Because unlike the little black dress that we’re all supposed to have, I can’t think of a single wardrobe that shouldn’t have at least one. Even my mom should have one! She doesn’t, but I think she would really like one of these longer line variations to layer.

Left: Liverpool High/Low denim jacket at Nordstrom $98, Right: Wrangler longline denim vest $128, also at Nordstrom.

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I’ll admit that this post came about because I have to replace my fabulous bejeweled denim jacket that I literally wore into the ground (and I think I decided that the jewels were no longer au fait), but when I discovered all the really amazing denim jackets available in retail land, I couldn’t NOT share them. There are so many fabulous options! For every body, every wardrobe and every price point.

Jennifer Mary of Apple and Pear Wardrobe Design had this to say:

“I love denim jackets because they solve so many wardrobe dilemmas. They can turn a pair of yoga pants and a tee into an outfit you won't be embarrassed to be seen in, or they can dress down a sequin skirt so you can wear it to brunch. Besides, denim jackets literally go with everything. That crazy skirt you love, but doesn't seem to go with anything? Try a white shirt (or tee) and a denim jacket. 

Yes, you can (and probably should) have more than one denim jacket. Just like there isn't one pair of jeans that will work for every occasion, denim jackets of different washes and styles work for different situations.”

How does Jen suggest that you choose a denim jacket?

 If you really feel oversized is the right look for you, how about this version from Levis? I like the totally unexpected pocket placement!

If you really feel oversized is the right look for you, how about this version from Levis? I like the totally unexpected pocket placement!

“While boxy, trucker-style jackets are currently trending, they're not always the most flattering. The most figure-flattering denim jacket is slightly cropped, slightly shrunken, and has lots of vertical seams. The more seams the jacket has, the more it will define and create curves at the waist.”

BTW, Jen has a Facebook group totally focused on getting style and wardrobe help from other women, but she jumps in too. It’s worth joining - I’ve watched her in action and she really knows her stuff! The latest video on how to buy jeans is total gold.

But back to the jackets.

I was in fact searching specifically for a form fitting denim jacket with shape since that is what works for me. Here are the best ones I could find:

Far Left: Pilco denim jacket at Anthropologie $138, Center Left: denim jacket at NY&Co on sale for less than $54 (I think I might have to get this one!), Center Right: Lira Clothing Polara denim jacket at Nordstrom $80, Far Right: Destroyed denim jacket at NY&Co also on sale for less than $54. I LOVE this look of a feminine dress topped with a denim jacket!

What other amazing denim jackets did I find?

Denim trench coats! How fantastic is that?! I have in fact ordered this one from Target and am hopeful that it will turn out alright. It was pretty inexpensive and sometimes that isn’t a good thing . . .

Left: Levis trucker trench coat $698, Center: Madewell duster $178, Right: Target denim trench coat $$39.99

As for denim jackets that are both warm and amazingly awesome looking, I don’t think you could do much better than this Free People faux shearling jacket for $178. I kinda wish my wardrobe suited this jacket because I seriously want one in both colors! The burgundy color is perfect for our gray winters, but the black is just so, I don’t know, James Dean cool.

And if you’ve read this far and you’re still thinking that you just don’t need a denim jacket, here are some more unusual options that might just make you change your mind. A little bit like looking at an empty, unstaged house and imagining what could be . . .

Left: Kimono chore jacket from Madewell $148, Center: NYDJ v-neck denim jacket $119, Right: Pilco peplum denim blazer at Anthropologie $128

While perusing the denim jackets on offer (gotta love Nordstrom! They seem to carry everything for everyone) there were a lot of denim jackets that were, shall we say, abbreviated? Or just too strange for anybody within a 150 mile radius of Washington, DC. Suffice to say I have not included those that really need the body I had 25 years ago or were frankly, bizarre.

I also saw a lot of denim jackets available in plus sizes that looked fantastic on the plus size models. This was my favorite of these and I wish it was available in my size! The drawstring waist, hood, and fun pocket placement make this an extremely versatile piece.

The Premium/Designer Option

But I’ve saved the best for last. The total flights of fancy for people that have more money to spend on clothes that I do.

A couple of little designer numbers that really are more than your average denim jacket. What do you think?


Left: 7 For All Mankind boyfriend jacket with Destroy in Inside Out $349, Right: Alexander McQueen peplum denim jacket $1995